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DoD Multiple Sclerosis Research Program Funding Opportunities

27 Apr 2020 11:57 AM | Hawk Tran (Administrator)

The FY20 Defense Appropriations Act provides funding to the Department of Defense Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP) to support innovative and impactful research that addresses fundamental issues and gaps in Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  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 Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC).

The FY20 MSRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are posted on the Grants.gov website. 

Applications submitted to the FY20 MSRP must address at least one of the Focus Areas relevant to the award mechanism as described in the Table below.

https://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/msrp

Clinical Trial Award (NEW!!!) – Preproposal due June 17, 2020

Independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent)

·      Pre-application submission is required; application submission is by invitation only.

·      Supports the rapid implementation of clinical trials with the potential to have a significant impact on the treatment or management of MS.

·      Funds Phase 0, I or II clinical trials relevant to MS; combinations of phases are permitted.

·      Funding must support a clinical trial and may not be used for preclinical studies.

·      Anticipated that budgets will not exceed $1.5 million in direct costs (plus indirect costs).

·      Period of performance not to exceed 4 years.

Exploration -Hypothesis Development Award – Preproposal due June 17, 2020

Established Investigators: Independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent) or

New Investigators:

·      Independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent) with no more than  3 years from the start of their  faculty position

·      Pre-application submission is required; application submission is by invitation only.

·      Supports the initial exploration of innovative, high-risk, high-gain, and potentially groundbreaking concepts in the MS research field.

·      Preliminary data not required.

·      Clinical trials not allowed.

  • New Investigator Option supports applicants early in their faculty appointments.

·      Anticipated that budgets will not exceed $150,000 in direct costs (plus indirect costs).

·      Period of performance not to exceed 2 years.

Investigator-Initiated Research Award – Preproposal due June 17, 2020

Independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent)

·      Pre-application submission is required; application submission is by invitation only.

·      Supports highly rigorous, high-impact research with the potential to make an important contribution to MS research and/or patient care.

·      Preliminary data required.

·      Clinical trials not allowed.

·      Anticipated that budgets will not exceed $600,000 in direct costs (plus indirect costs).

·      Period of performance not to exceed 3 years.

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

For email notification when Program Announcements are released, subscribe to program-specific news and updates under “Email Subscriptions” on the eBRAP homepage at https://eBRAP.org.  For more information about the MSRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (https://cdmrp.army.mil).

Point of Contact:

CDMRP Help Desk
301-682-5507
help@eBrap.org


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