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DoD Combat Readiness Medical Research Program Funding Opportunity

12 Sep 2019 12:21 PM | Hawk Tran (Administrator)

The FY19 Defense Appropriation provides $15 million (M) to the Department of Defense Combat Readiness – Medical Research Program (CRRP) to support military-relevant advanced technology and therapeutic research related to forward-deployable solutions that can promptly address life-threatening injuries, medical threats, and treatments for Service members in current and future battlefield settings.  As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency J9, Research and Development Directorate manages the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation.  The managing agent for the anticipated Broad Agency Announcement/Funding Opportunity is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC).

The Congressional language for the CRRP encompasses research that would enable the Warfighter to better respond to serious injury, as well as solutions to mitigate the long-term effects of battlefield trauma.  FY19 CRRP Broad Agency Announcement and General Submission Instructions for the following award mechanism are posted on the website.

FY19 CRRP will solicit research applications addressing at least one of the Focus Areas described below.  The Focus Areas broadly describe current needs to ensure readiness for delivering front-line care in combat situations, and for delivering medical damage control capability, assets, and life-saving interventions to address the emerging needs of the Warfighter and Service medics during prolonged and en route care in austere and combat environments, including the acute and early management of combat-related trauma at the point of injury.

Applications submitted to the FY19 CRRP must address at least one of the following four Focus Areas:

  • Scalable solutions for wound care that can address prevention of bleeding, infection, and acute pain; delivery of therapeutics (including non-opioid solutions for pain); and promotion of healing
  • Decision-support solutions, such as algorithms, artificial intelligence, deep learning, and/or telemedicine, for triage and management of severely injured Warfighters, to include management and monitoring of:

o   Hemorrhage and resuscitation (i.e., airway management, control of bleeding, sedation, etc.)

o   Acute pain

o   Multi-casualty events when delayed evacuation exceeds available capability and/or capacity, in order to extend provider capabilities

  • Solutions that address hemorrhage control, including:

o   Non-compressible torso hemorrhage

o   Alternatives to optimize logistics and administration of blood products to the Warfighter

  • Wearable sensors with broader multiple capabilities to identify and monitor medical management of injuries, to include:

o   Environmental exposures

o   Onset of infection, including sepsis

o   Physiological status (heart rate, blood pressure, respiration), stress monitoring tools

o   Neurological injury

o   Point-of-care imaging

Additional concurrent research approaches that address mitigation of long-term physical and psychological complications that occur from poor management of trauma pain and trauma care, as well as treatments for sepsis and new therapies for multidrug-resistant pathogens, including applications to sepsis, wound care, and injuries incurred outside the battlefield are encouraged, but not required.

Rapid Development and Translational Research Award – Letter of Intent due October 23, 2019

  • Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)
  • Proposals/applications must be submitted through an extramural organization
  • Intramural investigators may be names as a collaborator on a proposal/application submitted through an extramural organization
  • Supports new ideas that represent military-relevant advanced technology and therapeutic research related to forward-deployable solutions that can promptly address life-threatening injuries, medical threats, and treatments for Warfighters in current and future battlefield setting. The mechanism is not intended to support fundamental basic research.
  • Primary emphasis will be placed on the potential impact of the proposed work.
  • Preclinical research supported by substantial preliminary or published data that validates clinical translation is appropriate for this mechanisms.
  • Clinical trials are not allowed.
  • Must address at least one of the FY19 CRRP Focus Areas.
  • Maximum funding of $1,500,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is years

A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) at https://eBRAP.orgprior to the pre-application deadline.  All applications must conform to the final Broad Agency Announcement and General Submission Instructions available for electronic downloading from the website.  The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on  A listing of all CDMRP and other USAMRDC extramural funding opportunities can be obtained on the website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420. 

For email notification when Broad Agency Announcements are released, subscribe to program-specific news and updates under “Email Subscriptions” on the eBRAP homepage at  For more information about the CRRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (

Point of Contact:

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