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Richard Kronick, Ph.D.



The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

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AHRQ is focused on these Formal Priorities:

  • Improve health care quality by accelerating implementation of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR)
  • Make health care safer
  • Increase accessibility to health care
  • Improve health care affordability, efficiency, and cost transparency

AHRQ awards discretionary grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts to carry out research projects, demonstrations, evaluations, and dissemination activities. AHRQ's research projects examine the availability, quality, and costs of healthcare services; ways to improve the effectiveness and appropriateness of clinical practice, including the prevention of disease; and other areas of health services research, such as services for persons with HIV infection. The information helps healthcare decision makers, patients and clinicians, health system leaders, and policymakers make more informed decisions and improve the quality of healthcare services.

AHRQ also supports small grants, conference grants, and training through dissertation grants, National Research Service Awards, and career development awards.

AHRQ Award History

The Total Award Amounts and Award Number chart shows the number of awards and the amount of award dollars in millions that AHRQ granted during the current and previous 5 fiscal years. The number of awards is shown in the blue bars. The award dollars are represented as gold bars. Data for the current fiscal year, at the far right of the chart, are depicted in brighter colors.

Hover over any bar to see a tool tip that shows award or dollar data.

In the legend, click on Number of Awards to see only the gold bars display in the chart. Click on Total Award Amount to see only the blue bars.

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AHRQ Total Awards

The interactive pie charts compare AHRQ total award dollars in millions, and AHRQ total number of awards, with the award dollars and number of awards of all other granting HHS agencies. Mouse over any pie segment to see the percentage that segment represents.

The charts' segments can be rearranged. Click on and hold a segment and move the mouse in a circular motion.

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Awards by U.S. Location

The map below shows AHRQ's total or discretionary total awards and award dollars granted by state for FY 2014, including U.S. Territories. for FY 2014, including U.S. Territories. Mouse over a location to view award data. Hide or restore a location within a range of dollars by clicking on the colored boxes in the legend.

United States Territories: American Samoa (AS), Federal States Micronesia (FM), Guam (GU), Northern Mariana Islands (MH), Puerto Rico (PR), Republic of the Marshall Islands (MP), Republic of Palau (PW), Virgin Islands (VI).

Top 20 Discetionary Award Recipients

The map below uses a range of blue circles to show the top 20 national recipients of AHRQ discretionary awards ranked by dollar amount. Larger, darker circles indicate higher rank and amount (see legend). States without a circle did not have a recipient in the top 20. Mouse over a colored circle to view recipient and award data.

United States Territories: American Samoa (AS), Federal States Micronesia (FM), Guam (GU), Northern Mariana Islands (MH), Puerto Rico (PR), Republic of the Marshall Islands (MP), Republic of Palau (PW), Virgin Islands (VI).

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