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

    The FY20 Defense Appropriations Act is anticipated to provide funding to the Department of Defense Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP) to support innovative, high-impact NF research.  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).

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

    Areas of Emphasis: The NFRP encourages applications that specifically address the critical needs of the NF community in one or more of the FY20 Areas of Emphasis.  Not all Areas of Emphasis are applicable to each award mechanism offered by the FY20 NFRP.  If the proposed research project does not address one of the FY20 Areas of Emphasis, justification that the proposed research project addresses an important problem related to NF research and/or patient care should be provided. Applications submitted to the FY20 NFRP must address one or more of the following Areas of Emphasis:

    • Biomarker discovery, utility, development, and validation
    • Non-tumor manifestations not limited to:

    o  Pain

    o  Cognitive Manifestations

    o  Sleep

    • Heterogeneity of NF-related tumors
    • Novel disease and treatment response markers using genetics, genomics, epigenetics, systems biology, metabolomics, or similar approaches
    • Preclinical efficacy studies
    • Target identification, drug discovery
    • Nutritional, environmental, and other modifiers of NF
    • Health services research

    Investigator-Initiated Research Award – Letter of Intent due June 25, 2020

    Must be an investigator at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent) and must plan to commit at least a 30% level of effort for each budget period for the entirety of the award.

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

    ·      Optional Features: Applications meeting criteria identified in the program announcement may apply for a higher level of funding for the following options: Qualified Collaborator and/or NF Open Science Initiative (NF-OSI).

    ·      Preliminary and/or published data required.

    ·      Clinical trials not allowed.

    ·     The maximum period of performance is 3 years.

    ·     The maximum allowable funding for the entire period of performance is $525,000 in direct costs

    ·     The maximum allowable funding for applications including either the Optional Qualified Collaborator or the NFOSI Option is $575,000 in direct costs

    ·     The maximum allowable funding for applications including both the Optional Qualified Collaborator and the NF-OSU Option is $625,000 in direct costs

    ·     Indirect costs may be proposed in accordance with the institutions negotiated rate agreement

    Synergistic Idea Award (NEW for FY20) – Letter of Intent due June 25, 2020

    Must be an Investigator at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent) and must plan to commit at least 10% level of effort for each budget period throughout the entirety of the award.

    ·      Supports new ideas that represent synergistic approaches involving two or three Principal Investigators to address a central problem or question in NF research.

    ·      Preliminary and/or published data is required.

    ·      Clinical trials are not allowed.

    ·     The maximum allowable funding for the entire period of performance is $200,000,000 in direct costs

    ·     The maximum period of performance is 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 NFRP 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


  • 24 Apr 2020 8:49 AM | Hawk Tran (Administrator)

    PLEASE NOTE DUE DATES ARE JUNE NOT JULY

     

    Defense Health Program
    Department of Defense Melanoma Research Program

    Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20)

     

    The FY20 Defense Appropriations Act provides funding to the Department of Defense Melanoma Research Program (MRP) to support innovative, high-impact melanoma research.  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 MRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are posted on the Grants.gov website.

     

    Applications for the Idea Award, Translational Research Award, Team Science Award, and the Mid-Career Accelerator Award submitted to the FY20 MRP must address one or more of the following focus areas:

     

    • ·        Prevention of melanoma initiation factors (e.g., UV radiation)
    • ·        Prevention of melanomagenesis and precursor lesions (e.g., novel genetic and epigenetic drivers, oncogene induced senescence)
    • ·        Understanding the tumor microenvironment
    •        Primary Tumor
    •        Regional Nodes
    •        Distal Nodes
    • ·        Bioengineering (e.g., computational, imaging) approaches to address diagnostics, high risk markers, dormancy, and metastasis
    • ·        Therapeutic Prevention (e.g., interruption of disease progression, recurrence)
    • Minimal Residual Disease (e.g., chemoprevention, micro-metastasis)

     

    Applications for the Technology Development Partnership Award submitted to the FY20 MRP must address the focus area: Bioengineering (e.g., computational, imaging) approaches to address diagnostics, high risk markers, dormancy, and metastasis.

    The MRP encourages studies for rare melanomas across the entire spectrum from initiation to distant macro-metastasis.

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

     

    Idea Award – Preproposal due June 22, 2020

    Independent investigators with a faculty-level appointment (or equivalent)

    ·       Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.

    ·       Supports new ideas that represent innovative, high-risk/high-gain approaches to melanoma research.

    ·       Emphasis on Innovation and Impact.

    ·       Must address at least one of the FY20 Focus Areas.

    ·       Preliminary data are not required.

    ·       Clinical trials are not allowed.

    ·      Maximum funding of $300,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·      Maximum period of performance is years

     

    Mid-Career Accelerator Award –Preproposal due June 22, 2020

    Assistant or Associate Professors more than 7 years post-first faculty appointment.

    Instructors and Full Professors are not eligible

    ·       Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.

    ·       Supports mid-career researchers to conduct impactful melanoma research.

    ·       Must address at least one of the FY20 Focus Areas.

    ·       Must show evidence of at least one peer reviewed extramural funding award.

    ·       Preliminary data is required.

    ·       Clinical trials are not allowed.

    ·      Maximum funding of $700,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·      Maximum period of performance is years

     

    Team Science Award – Preproposal due June 22, 2020

    At least two and up to three investigators must partner in one overarching multidisciplinary research study.

    Initiating Principal Investigator:

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

    Inclusion of at least one military, VA investigator, or early career investigator is encouraged.

    ·      Preproposal is required; application submission is byinvitation only.

    ·      Supports new or existing partnerships between two or threeindependent investigators focusing research across the whole research spectrum.

    ·      Investigators are expected to demonstrate within the application, the synergistic components (i.e., leveraging disciplines, expertise or critical resources) that will significantly advance the project such that the research outcomes as a whole will be realized rapidly and efficiently and could not otherwise be accomplished through independent efforts of a single investigator.

    ·      Emphasis on Synergy, Multi-disciplinary research, and Impact.

    ·      Must address at least one of the FY20 Focus Areas.

    ·      Preliminary data are required.

    ·      Clinical trials are not allowed.

    ·     Maximum funding of $700,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·     Maximum period of performance is 3 years

     

    Technology Development Partnership Award – Preproposal due June 22, 2020

    Two independent investigators with a faculty-level appointment (or equivalent)

    ·     Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.

    ·     Supports new or existing partnerships between twoindependent investigators focusing on bioengineering approaches toaddress diagnostics, high risk markers, dormancy, and metastasis.

    ·     One partner must have a background in biomedical science, and one must have a background in the physical sciences (e.g. engineering, computational science, bioinformatics, or computer science).m imaging) approaches to address diagnostics, high risk markers, dormancy, and metastasis.

    ·     Must address the FY20 MRP Focus Area: Bioengineering (e.g., computational

    ·     Preliminary data is required.

    ·     Clinical trials are not allowed

    ·      Maximum funding of $700,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·      Maximum period of performance is 3 years

     

    Translational Research Award – Preproposal due June 22, 2020

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

    ·      Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.

    ·      Supports studies aiming to leverage existing biobanks, biorepositories, ongoing or completed clinical trialsto address a translational question or problem in melanoma.

    ·      Emphasis on Translation and Impact.

    ·      Must address at least one of the FY20 Focus Areas.

    ·      Preliminary data is required.

    ·      Clinical trials are not allowed.

    ·     Maximum funding of $600,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·     Maximum period of performance is 3 years

     

    Translational Research Award – Collaborator Option – Preproposal due June 22, 2020

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

    ·      Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.

    ·      Supports two investigators in a joint study aiming to leverage existing biobanks, biorepositories, ongoing or completed clinical trialsto address a translational question or problem in melanoma.

    ·      Emphasis on Translation and Impact.

    ·      Must address at least one of the FY20 Focus Areas.

    ·      Preliminary data is required.

    ·      Clinical trials are not allowed.

    ·     Maximum funding of $700,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·     Maximum period of performance is 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 MRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website http://cdmrp.army.mil 

     

    Point of Contact:

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

  • 15 Apr 2020 12:56 PM | Hawk Tran (Administrator)

    The FY20 Defense Appropriation Act provides $16 million to the Department of Defense Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Parkinson’s Program (NETP) to support research to better understand and treat the neuro-degenerative effects of Parkinson’s disease (PD) associated with military deployment, environmental, and/or occupational exposures.  Research into military service-related risk factors is critical for past, present, and future Service members who may be affected PD. 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 Announcement/Funding Opportunity is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC).

    The NETP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. FY20 NETP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are anticipated to be posted on the Grants.gov website in April 2020. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the government.

    Applications submitted to the FY20 NETP must address at least one of the following Focus Areas:

    ·         Quantifiable gene - environment interactions and the risk for or progression of Parkinson’s disease.  Though not limited to this list, the following are some examples of areas that are encouraged:

            Genome wide genotyping/sequencing of existing cohorts (must include data sharing plan)

            Environmental exposures (toxins, medications, dietary, caffeine, among others)

            Unbiased screens with biological validation

    ·         Basic biology of non-motor symptoms that could lead to the development of new treatments for Parkinson’s disease following neurotoxin exposure.  Though not limited to this list, the following are some examples of areas that are encouraged:

            Sleep

            Cognition (relevant to PD)

            Psychiatric dysfunction

            Autonomic dysregulation

    ·         System-level mechanism of dopamine refractory motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease, including postural instability, freezing of gait, and treatment-associated dystonia, that could lead to development of new treatments in patients with neurotoxin exposure.  Though not limited to this list, the following are some examples of approaches that could be used:

            Circuitry

            Pathophysiology 

            Neurochemistry

    ·         Clinical and research application of digital health technology leading to development of new treatments for Parkinson’s disease in those individuals exposed to neurotoxins.

            Early identification

            Innovative data analytic methods

            Disease subtyping

     

    https://cdmrp.army.mil/pubs/press/2020/20netppreann

     

    Investigator-Initiated Research Award

    Independent investigators at or above the level of assistant professor (or equivalent)

    Supports highly rigorous, multidisciplinary, high-impact research projects that have the potential to make an important contribution to neurotoxin exposure- and treatment-related Parkinson’s research. This award mechanism supports the full spectrum of research from basic science through clinical research.

    ·      Preliminary data to support feasibility are required. 

    o   Any unpublished, preliminary data provided should originate from the laboratory of the Principal Investigator (PI) or a member(s) of the research team.

    ·      Clinical trials are not allowed

    Applications to this award mechanism must address at least one of the four FY20 NETP Focus Areas.

    ·       Maximum funding of $1.2M in total costs

    ·       Maximum period of performance 3 years

     

    Early Investigator Research Award

    Postdoctoral or clinical fellow, instructor, or assistant professor within 10 years of advanced degree or residency training completion (or equivalent)

    Verification of eligibility criteria must be provided in an Eligibility Statement signed by an appropriate institutional official and the PI.

    Supports neurotoxin exposure- and treatment-related Parkinson’s research opportunities for individuals in the early stages of their careers, under the guidance of a designated Mentor.

    ·         The Early Investigator is considered the Principal Investigator (PI) of the application and must exhibit strong potential for, and commitment to, pursuing a career as an investigator at the forefront of Parkinson’s disease research; however, the PI is not required to have previous Parkinson’s disease research experience.   

    o   Applications must include at least one Mentor, appropriate to the proposed research project, who has experience in Parkinson’s disease research and mentoring as demonstrated by a record of active funding, recent publications, and successful mentorship.  The selected Mentor(s) should also demonstrate a clear commitment to the development of the PI toward independence as a neurotoxin exposure- and treatment-related Parkinson’s disease researcher.

    ·        Preliminary data not required

    ·        Clinical trials are not allowed

    Applications to this award mechanism must address at least one of the four FY20 NETP Focus Areas.

    ·       Maximum funding of $400,000 in total costs

    ·       Maximum period of performance 2 years

     

    Synergistic Idea Award

    Each investigator must be at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent).

    ·      Supports new ideas that represent synergistic approaches to  neurotoxin exposure- and treatment-related Parkinson’s research involving two to four faculty-level (or equivalent) Principal Investigators (PIs).

    ·      The combined efforts of the PIs should utilize their complementary and synergistic perspectives to address a central problem or question in neurotoxin exposure- and treatment-related Parkinson’s research.

    ·      Designed to support both new and pre-existing partnerships, and encourages participation of PIs from other research fields.

    • o   The NETP seeks applications from investigators working in a wide spectrum of disciplines including, but not limited to, basic science, engineering, bioinformatics, population science, translational research, and clinical research.

    ·      Preliminary data is not required

    ·      Clinical trials are not allowed

    Applications to this award mechanism must address at least one of the four FY20 NETP Focus Areas.

    ·         Maximum funding of $3M in total costs

    ·         Maximum period of performance is 4 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 Program Announcements and General Application Instructions that will be 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. 

     

    Submission deadlines are not available until the Program Announcements are released.  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 NETP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (https://cdmrp.army.mil).

     

    Point of Contact:

    CDMRP Public Affairs
    301-619-9783
    usarmy.detrick.medcom-cdmrp.mbx.cdmrp-public-affairs@mail.mil


  • 13 Apr 2020 11:43 AM | Hawk Tran (Administrator)

    The FY20 Defense Appropriations Act provides funding to the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) to support innovative, high-impact research with clinical relevance that will accelerate progress to end breast cancer for Service members, Veterans, and the general public.  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 BCRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY20 funding opportunity.  This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government.  The FY20 BCRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms will be posted on the Grants.gov website. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released. 

    Applications submitted to the FY20 BCRP must address one or more of the following overarching challenges:

    • Prevent breast cancer (primary prevention)
    • Identify determinants of breast cancer initiation, risk, or susceptibility
    • Distinguish deadly from non-deadly breast cancers
    • Conquer the problems of overdiagnosis and overtreatment
    • Identify what drives breast cancer growth; determine how to stop it
    • Identify why some breast cancers become metastatic
    • Determine why/how breast cancer cells lie dormant for years and then re-emerge; determine how to prevent lethal recurrence
    • Revolutionize treatment regimens by replacing them with ones that are more effective, less toxic, and impact survival
    • Eliminate the mortality associated with metastatic breast cancer

    https://cdmrp.army.mil/pubs/press/2020/20bcrppreann2

    Transformative Breast Cancer Consortium Award

    Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)

    ·       Supports collaborations and ideas that will transform the lives of individuals with, and/or at risk for, breast cancer and will significantly accelerate progress toward ending breast cancer.

    ·       The proposed consortium’s work must pursue innovative, high-risk/high-reward research that has the potential to change existing paradigms, or develop new paradigms.

    ·       Requires a synergistic, highly integrated, multidisciplinary, and multi-institutional research team of leading scientists, clinicians, and consumer advocates who will be assembled into a consortium to address a major problem in a way that could not be accomplished by a single investigator or group.

    ·       The award mechanism is structured with a Consortium Director and at least three, but not more than four, Team Principal Investigators (PIs).

    ·       The consortium team must include at least one breast cancer consumer advocate per team.

    ·       May include clinical trials up to and including Phase I or equivalent; however, clinical trials are not required, and the primary thrust of the application should not be a clinical trial.

    ·       Submission of a preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.

    Preference will be given to applications that include one or more of the following:

    ·       Different disciplines that come together with one overarching plan to address ending breast cancer with an ecologic approach. An ecologic approach is one that brings together the different perspectives that affect the complexity of breast cancer and their interdependence, or looks at all aspects of the disease and brings together these different perspectives.

    ·       Research that includes truly innovative and brand new paradigms in breast cancer that will address vital issues in a unique way.  The issues may be one of the FY20 BCRP Overarching Challenges, the intersection of multiple Overarching Challenges, or with justification, may be a different issue that meets the intent of the award mechanism and addresses the mission of ending breast cancer.

    ·       A plan for a deep, definitive dive into one of the FY20 BCRP Overarching Challenges or a fundamental issue that has not yet been asked or answered in a manner that has not yet been attempted. 

    • Maximum funding of $20 million (M )for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·       Maximum period of performance is 4 years

    Breakthrough Award

    Investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)

    ·       Supports promising research that has high potential to lead to or make breakthroughs in breast cancer.

    ·       Potential impact of the research may be near-term or long-term, but it must move beyond a minor advancement and have the potential to lead to a new approach that is fundamentally better than interventions already approved or in clinical development.

    ·       Partnering PI Option allows two PIs, termed Initiating and Partnering PIs, to collaborate on a single application.

    ·       Different funding levels, based on the scope of research, are available.  It is the responsibility of the PI to select the funding level that is most appropriate for the research proposed.  The funding level should be selected based on the scope of the research project, rather than the amount of the budget.

    The following are general descriptions, although not all-inclusive, of the scope of research projects that would be appropriate to propose under each funding level:

    ·        Funding Level 1:  Innovative, high-risk/high-reward research that is in the earliest stages of idea development or an untested theory that addresses an important problem.  To foster research that yields new avenues of investigation, preliminary data are not required.  Proof of concept is the anticipated outcome.

    ·        Funding Level 2:  Preclinical research that is already supported by substantial preliminary or published data and strongly validates clinical translation in a well-defined context within the breast cancer landscape.

    ·        Funding Level 2 – Population Science and Prevention Studies:  With compelling justification, population science and prevention studies may request higher levels of funding and an additional year in the period of performance. Such studies may require additional resources due to the participation of human subjects and/or use of human biospecimens.

    ·        Funding Level 3:  Advanced translational studies with a high degree of project readiness. Where relevant, proof of availability of and access to necessary data, human samples, cohort(s), and/or critical reagents must be provided.  If the proposed research would ultimately require US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) involvement, applications must demonstrate availability of and access to clinical reagents (e.g., therapeutic molecules) and subject population(s).  Applications must state a realistic timeline for near-term clinical investigation.  Small-scale clinical trials (e.g., first in human; Phase I/Ib) may be appropriate.

    ·        Funding Level 4:  Large-scale projects that will transform and revolutionize the clinical management and/or prevention of breast cancer.  Human clinical trials are required.  PIs are expected to have experience in successfully leading large-scale projects and demonstrated ability (through personal experience or via a commitment from a collaborating clinical investigator) to implement a clinical project successfully.  Where relevant, applications must demonstrate availability of, and access to, necessary data, human samples, cohort(s), and/or critical reagents.  For proposed research that will require FDA involvement, project readiness requirements at the time of application submission include: proof of availability of and access to clinical reagents (e.g., therapeutics) that meet regulatory compliance guidelines; proof of availability of and access to appropriate subject population(s); validated projections for patient recruitment; and submission of an Investigational New Drug (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application to the FDA, if applicable.

    Funding Levels 1 and 2

    ·       Submission of a Letter of Intent is required prior to full application submission.

    ·       Each PI may submit only one application as a PI or Initiating PI for each funding level.  There are no limitations on the number of applications for which an investigator may be named as a Partnering PI.  However, applicants are discouraged from submitting as a Partnering PI on multiple applications unless they are clearly unique, meaningful collaborations addressing distinct research questions.

    ·       Additional funds are available for applications submitted under the Partnering PI Option.

    ·       Clinical trials are not allowed.

    • Funding Levels 3 and 4

    ·       Submission of a preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.

    ·       Applicants are discouraged from submitting as a Partnering PI on multiple applications unless they are clearly unique, meaningful collaborations addressing distinct research questions.

    ·       Additional funds are available for Funding Level 3 applications submitted under the Partnering PI Option.

    ·       PIs must include two or more breast cancer advocates on their research team.

    ·      Clinical trials are allowed (Funding Level 3) or required (Funding Level 4).

    Funding Level 1

    ·      Maximum funding of $450,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·      Maximum period of performance is 3 years

    Funding Level 1 – Partnering PI Option

    ·      Maximum funding of $750,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·      Maximum period of performance is 3 years

    Funding Level 2

    ·      Maximum funding of $1M for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·      Maximum period of performance is 3 years

    Funding Level 2 – Partnering PI Option

    ·      Maximum funding of $1.5M for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·      Maximum period of performance is 3 years

    Funding Level 2 – Population Science and Prevention Studies

    ·      Maximum funding of $1.5M for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·      Maximum period of performance is 4 years

    Funding Level 2 – Population Science and Prevention Studies – Partnering PI Option

    ·      Maximum funding of $2M for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·      Maximum period of performance is 4 years

    Funding Level 3

    ·      Maximum funding of $3M in direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·      Maximum period of performance is 4 years

    Funding Level 3 – Partnering PI Option

    ·      Maximum funding of $4M for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·      Maximum period of performance is 4 years

    Funding Level 4 and Funding Level 4 – Partnering PI Option

    ·      Maximum funding of $10M for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·      Maximum period of performance is 4 years

    Era of Hope Scholar Award

    Independent, non-mentored investigators within 6 years of their last training position (e.g., postdoctoral fellowship, medical residency, clinical fellowship) as of the application submission deadline

    ·       Supports exceptionally talented, early-career scientists who have demonstrated that they are the “best and brightest” in their fields through extraordinary creativity, vision, innovation, and productivity.

    ·       PIs should articulate a vision that challenges current dogma and demonstrates an ability to look beyond tradition and convention.

    ·       PIs must demonstrate experience in forming effective partnerships and collaborations and exhibit strong potential for future leadership in breast cancer.

    ·       PIs are required to include two or more breast cancer advocates on their research team.

    ·       Submission of a Letter of Intent is required prior to full application submission.

    ·      Maximum funding of $3M for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·      Maximum period of performance is 4 years

    Innovator Award

    Associate Professor or above (or equivalent)

    ·       Supports visionary individuals who have demonstrated exceptional creativity, innovative work, and paradigm-shifting leadership in any field.

    ·       Provides opportunity to pursue novel, visionary, high-risk ideas that will accelerate progress toward ending breast cancer.

    ·       PIs must include two or more breast cancer advocates on their research team.

    ·       Submission of a preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.

    ·       Maximum funding of $7M for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·       Maximum period of performance is 4 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 that will be 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. 

    Submission deadlines are not available until the Program Announcements are released.  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 BCRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (https://cdmrp.army.mil).

    Point of Contact:

    CDMRP Public Affairs
    301-619-9783
    usarmy.detrick.medcom-cdmrp.mbx.cdmrp-public-affairs@mail.mil


  • 8 Apr 2020 2:53 PM | Hawk Tran (Administrator)

    The FY20 Defense Appropriations Act provides funding to the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) to support innovative, high-impact prostate cancer research.  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 PCRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are posted on the Grants.gov website.

    The mission of the FY20 PCRP is to fund research that will lead to the elimination of death from prostate cancer and enhance the well-being of Service members, Veterans, and all the men and their families who are experiencing the impact of the disease.  Within this context, the PCRP is interested in supporting research that addresses specific gaps in prostate cancer research and clinical care, with an emphasis on investing in research that will benefit patients diagnosed with lethal prostate cancer or improve quality of life for men diagnosed with this disease.  All applications are required to address one or more of the following FY20 PCRP Overarching Challenges: 

    ·        Improve the quality of life for survivors of prostate cancer

    ·        Develop treatments that improve outcomes for men with lethal prostate cancer

    Applications must be directly relevant to lethal prostate cancer, which includes patients with metastatic disease; treatment-resistant disease; oligo-metastases; neuroendocrine disease; high-risk localized or locoregional disease, etc.

    ·        Reduce lethal prostate cancer in people of African descent, Veterans, and high-risk or underserved populations

    High-risk populations include, but are not limited to, people of African descent (including Caribbean Americans), genetically predisposed populations, Service members, and Veterans.  Underserved populations include, but are not limited to, men with limited access to clinical care and resources (in both rural and urban settings), and sexual and/or gender minorities with, or at risk for, prostate cancer.

    ·        Define the biology of lethal prostate cancer to reduce death

    Applications must be directly relevant to lethal prostate cancer, which includes patients with metastatic disease; treatment-resistant disease; oligo-metastases; neuroendocrine disease; high-risk localized or locoregional disease; etc.  Applications should not focus on topics such as differentiation between low risk and intermediate risk prostate cancer.

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

    Idea Development Award – Letter of Intent due August 27, 2020

    Established Investigators:  Independent investigators at all levels

    or

    New Investigators:  Investigators that meet the following criteria at the application submission deadline date:

    • Have the freedom to pursue individual aims without formal mentorship
    • Have not previously received a PCRP Idea Development Award and/or Health Disparity Research Award
    • Have either completed at least 3 years of postdoctoral training or fellowship or are within 10 years after completion of terminal degree (excluding residency or family leave)
    • Supports new ideas that represent innovative, high-risk/high-gain approaches to prostate cancer research and have the potential to make an important contribution to one or more of the FY20 PCRP Overarching Challenges.

    ·      Emphasis is equally placed on Innovation and Impact.

    ·      Preliminary data are encouraged, but not required.

    ·      Clinical trials are not allowed.

    ·      Each PI may submit only one application.

    New Investigator Option supports applicants early in their faculty appointments or in the process of developing independent research careers.

    Established Investigators:

    ·      Maximum funding of $750,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).

    New Investigators:

    ·      Maximum funding of $600,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).

    ·      Maximum period of performance is 3 years.

    Health Disparity Research Award – Letter of Intent due June 25, 220

    Established Investigators:  Independent investigators at all levels

    or

    New Investigators:  Investigators that meet the following criteria at the application submission deadline date:

    ·      Have the freedom to pursue individual aims without formal mentorship

    ·      Have not previously received a PCRP Health Disparity Research Award and/or Idea Development Award

    ·      Have either completed at least 3 years of postdoctoral training or fellowship or are within 10 years after completion of terminal degree (excluding residency or family leave)

    • Supports research ideas that have the potential to make an important contribution to reducing and ultimately eliminating disparities in prostate cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality. 
    • Proposed projects must address one of the following health disparity focus areas: (1) access to healthcare, (2) social and cultural factors, (3) environmental factors, or (4) biological and genetic contributors.
    • Proposed projects may include basic, translational, population science, or clinical research, including clinical trials.
    • Primary emphasis will be placed on the potential impact of the proposed work.
    • Preliminary data are encouraged, but not required.

    New Investigator Option supports applicants early in their faculty appointments or in the process of developing independent research careers.

    Established Investigators:

    • Maximum funding of $750,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).

    New Investigators:

    • Maximum funding of $600,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
    • Maximum period of performance is 3 years

    Translational Science Award – Letter of Intent due June 25, 2020

    Modified for FY20

    Independent investigators at all levels

    ·     Supports advanced translational research that will foster transformation of promising ideas in prostate cancer into clinical applications.

    ·     Supports a broad range of translational studies such as:

    o  Translation of results from animal studies to applications with human samples/cohorts

    o  Late-stage preclinical work leading to/preparing for a clinical trial, e.g., Investigational New Drug (IND) application submission

    o  Correlative studies that are associated with an open/ongoing or completed clinical trial

    o  Projects that develop endpoints for clinical trials

    ·     Preliminary data to support the feasibility of the research hypotheses and research approaches are required.  The inclusion of additional preliminary data to support the clinical relevance of the idea is strongly encouraged.

    ·     Clinical trials are not allowed.

    NEW Partnering PI Option: Allows two PIs, termed Initiating and Partnering PIs, to collaborate on a single application.  Collaborations between basic science and clinical researchers are highly encouraged.

    • Maximum funding of $1,000,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
    • Maximum period of performance is years.

    Clinical Trial Award – Letter of Intent due to June 25, 2020

    Independent investigators at all levels

    ·     Supports hypothesis-based, early-phase clinical trials (e.g., Phase 0, Phase I, pilot Phase II) to test interventions that will have a major impact on one or more of the FY20 PCRP Overarching Challenges.

    ·     Interventions may include drugs, devices, biologics, targeted radionuclides, surgical procedures, behavior modifications, or other types.

    ·     Investigational New Drug (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption approvals, if applicable, must be in place by the time of application submission.

    ·     Letter of support to demonstrate proof of possession of sufficient drug supply to conduct study must be provided (if appropriate).

    ·     Clinical trials are expected to be initiated within 12 months of the award date.

    ·     Maximum funding of $2,000,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).

    ·     Maximum period of performance is 4 years.

    Population Science and Outcomes Research Award – Letter of Intent due June 25, 2020

    NEW for FY20

    Independent investigators at all levels

    ·     Supports population-focused studies that will, if successful, identify and understand predictors of lethal prostate cancer or survivorship within the context of the FY20 PCRP Overarching Challenges.

    ·     Examples of appropriate research approaches include:

    o  Retrospective data analysis of patient databases or biospecimens

    o  Prospective observations, analyses, or sample collection from a patient population

    o  Case-control, cohort, or other population science study designs

    ·     Clinical trials are not allowed.

    ·     Research ideas may include, but are not limited to, biomarkers for lethal disease; genetics/genomics; therapy and predictors of response or resistance; survivorship; and health disparity.

    ·     Requires demonstration of sufficient sample size to address the study objectives, a robust statistical plan, and strong biostatistical expertise in the study team.

    ·     Presentation of preliminary data to support the study of rationale and/or feasibility is strongly encouraged, but not required.

    • Maximum funding of $1,000,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
    • Maximum period of performance is 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 PCRP 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


  • 3 Apr 2020 9:17 AM | Hawk Tran (Administrator)

    The Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Defense Appropriations Bill has not been signed into law.  Although FY20 funds have not been appropriated for the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP), the OCRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY20 funding opportunities. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government.

    The FY20 Defense Appropriations Act is anticipated to provide funding to the Department of Defense (DoD) Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) to support patient-centered research to prevent, detect, treat, and cure ovarian cancer to enhance the health and well-being of Service members, Veterans, retirees, their family members, and all women impacted by this disease.  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).

    FY20 OCRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanism is posted on the Grants.gov website. 

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

    Proteogenomics Research Award – Letter of Intent due July 16, 2020

    Investigators at or above the postdoctoral level (or equivalent).

    • Supports the use of proteomics and/or genomics to explore new concepts or theories in ovarian cancer.
    • The proposed research question should be innovative and have the potential to make an impact on ovarian cancer.
    • The analysis of clinical trial-derived specimens and/or large patient specimen cohorts is encouraged.
    • The use of the unique proteomics resource at the Women’s Health Integrated Research Center Clinical Proteomics Platform through the Department of Defense intramural Gynecologic Cancer Center of Excellence is encouraged.
    • Preliminary data are not required but allowed.
    • Clinical trials are not allowed.
    • Submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) is required prior to full application submission.

    ·      Maximum funding of $250,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·      Maximum period of performance is 2 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 OCRP 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


  • 2 Apr 2020 2:28 PM | Hawk Tran (Administrator)

    The FY20 Defense Appropriations Act has provided funding to the Department of Defense Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP) to support innovative, high-impact TSC research.  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).

     

    FY20 Congressional appropriation for TSCRP funding, FY20 TSCRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are posted on the Grants.gov website

     

    Applications submitted to the FY20 TSCRP are encouraged to address one or more of the following Focus Areas:

     

    • Eradicating tumors associated with TSC and TSC-associated lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), including gaining a deeper mechanistic understanding of TSC signaling pathways

           Preventing epilepsy, improving treatment, and mitigating comorbidities associated with TSC-related seizures

           Understanding the features of TSC-Associated Neuropsychiatric Disorders (TAND) and reducing their impact, including pharmacological and behavioral interventions

           Advancing clinical trial readiness and optimizing clinical care through development of biomarkers and clinical outcome measures, patient selection and sample size determination, pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD) studies, and enhanced trial design

     

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

     

    Exploration – Hypothesis Development Award – Letter of Intent due June 18, 2020

    Investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent), including postdoctoral fellows

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

    ·       Projects involving human subjects or human biological substances must be exempt under 32 CFR 219.101(b)(4) or eligible for expedited review under 32 CFR 219.110 or 21 CFR 56.110.

    ·       Preliminary data are not required.

    ·       Clinical trials are not allowed.

    ·     The maximum allowable funding for the entire period of funding is $150,000 in direct costs.

    ·     Indirect costs may be proposed in accordance with the institution’s negotiated rate agreement.

    ·     The maximum period of performance is 2 years

     

    Idea Development Award – Letter of Intent due July 18, 2020

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

    or New Investigators:

    Independent investigator at or below the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent); or

    Established independent investigator in an area other than TSC at or above the level of Assistant Professor seeking to transition to a career in TSC.

    ·         Supports ideas that have the potential to yield high-impact findings and new avenues of investigation.

    ·         Preliminary data expects.

    ·         Clinical trials not allowed.

    ·       New Investigator Option supports the continued development of promising independent investigators that are early in their faculty appointments and/or the transition or established investigators from other research fields into career in TSC research.

    ·       Applications from New Investigators and Established Investigators will be peer and programmatically reviewed separately.

    ·         The maximum allowable funding for the entire period of performance is $450,000 in direct costs.

    ·         Indirect costs may be proposed in accordance with the institution’s negotiated rate agreement.

    ·         The maximum period of performance is 3 years

     

    Clinical Translational Research Award – Letter of Intent due July 18, 2020

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

    ·       Supports studies that will move promising, well-founded preclinical and/or clinical research findings closer to clinical application, including, diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment of TSC.

    ·       Studies advancing clinical trial readiness through development of biomarkers, clinical endpoints, and validation of PK/PD are of particular interest.

    ·       Applications may include a small, pilot clinical trial intended to inform the next step in the continuum of translational research.

    ·       Pilot clinical trials, including behavioral interventions, are encouraged.

    ·       Preference will be given to studies that involve human samples, patients, or leverage existing clinical data and/or ongoing clinical studies.

    ·       Preclinical studies may be appropriate but must include a clinical component.

    ·       Projects that are exploratory and/or strictly animal research will not be considered for funding.

    ·       Clinical Translational Potential is the most important review criterion.

    ·       Preliminary data are required.

    ·     The maximum allowable funding for the entire period of performance is $600,000 in direct costs.

    ·     Indirect costs may be proposed in accordance with the institution’s negotiated rate agreement.

    ·       The maximum period of performance is 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 TSCRP 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


  • 25 Mar 2020 2:39 PM | Hawk Tran (Administrator)

    The FY20 Defense Appropriations Act provides funding to the Department of Defense Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP) to support research addressing Gulf War Illness (GWI) pathobiology, diagnosis, and treatment. 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 GWIRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are posted on the Grants.gov website.

    Applications submitted to the FY20 GWIRP must address one or more of the following Overarching Challenges:

    Treatments: Eliminate the health consequences associated with GWI and revolutionize treatment

    Diagnosis: Better define and diagnose GWI

    Subtyping: Distinguish symptom clusters to better target treatments, identify underlying causes, and elucidate differences in severity

    Determinants: Validate exposures associated with GWI and impacts on organs and systems

    Consequences: Determine whether GWI is associated with greater risk for developing other disease states including neurological diseases, cancers, or other life-threatening and severely debilitating conditions

    Communicate: Help veterans, their caregivers, researchers and health care providers communicate effectively about GWI, its symptoms, and potential treatments

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

    Idea Award – Preproposal due May 29, 2020

    Independent investigators at all academic levels

    · Supports innovative, high-risk/high-reward research in the earliest stages of development that will contribute to markers or treatments for Gulf War Illness (GWI).

    · Emphasis is on impact and innovation; applications must articulate how results will lead to a clinical impact for Veterans with GWI, even if a clinical impact is not an immediate outcome.

    · Preliminary data not required.

    · Clinical trials not allowed.

    · Submission of a pre-application is required; application submission is by invitation only.

    · Biorepository Contribution Option:

    · Supports additional costs associated with submission of samples and data to the GWIRP-supported Boston Biorepository, Recruitment, and Integrative Network

    · Applicants must submit a Biorepository Contribution Statement providing a detailed accounting of proposed costs and a commitment to work with the GWIRP-supported Biorepository Resource Network.

    · Application to this option is not a requirement for Idea Award submission.

    · Maximum funding of $150,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    · Maximum funding of $170,000 for direct costs with the Biorepository Contribution Option (plus indirect costs).

    · Maximum period of performance is 2 years

    Research Advancement Award – Preproposal due May 29, 2020

    Independent investigators at all academic levels

    · Supports applied research in GWI that is aimed at continued expansion and validation of markers and treatments that are supported by evidence in the GWI field.

    · Preliminary data in field of GWI and other supporting information are required.

    · Applications must articulate how results will lead to a clinical impact for Veterans with GWI, even if a clinical impact is not an immediate outcome.

    · Clinical trials not allowed.

    · Submission of a pre-application is required; application submission is by invitation only.

    · Biorepository Contribution Option:

    · Supports additional costs associated with submission of samples and data to the GWIRP supported Biorepository Resource Network.

    · Applicants must submit a Biorepository Contribution Statement providing a detailed accounting of proposed costs and a commitment to work with the GWIRP-supported Biorepository Resource Network.

    · Application to this option is not a requirement for Research Advancement Award submission.

    · Maximum funding of $625,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    · Maximum funding of $645,000 for direct with the Biorepository Contribution Option (plus indirect costs).

    · Maximum period of performance is 3 years

    Clinical Evaluation Award – Preproposal due May 29, 2020

    Independent investigators at all academic levels

    · Supports translational of validated GWI research, including qualified and replicated preclinical findings, to a Gulf War Veteran population.

    · Statistically powered biomarker trials with the potential to validate use of biomarkers as clinical endpoints or proof-of-concept intervention trials (e.g., pilot, first in human, Phase I-IIa) are encouraged under this funding opportunity.

    · Preliminary data are required.

    · Funding for this award mechanism must support research in a Gulf War Veteran population. Proof of availability and access to necessary cohort(s) and/or critical reagents must be provided.

    · Submission of a pre-application is required; application submission is by invitation only.

    Biorepository Contribution Option:

    · Supports additional costs associated with submission of samples and data to the GWIRP-supported Biorepository Resource Network.

    · Applicants must submit a Biorepository Contribution Statement providing a detailed accounting of proposed costs and a commitment to work with the GWIRP-supported Biorepository Resource Network.

    · Application to this option is not a requirement for Clinical Evaluation Award submission.

    Clinical Consortium Collaboration Option:

    Supports additional costs associated with collaboration with the GWIRP- supported Gulf War Illness Clinical Trials and Interventions Consortium (GWICTIC).

    Applicants must submit a Clinical Consortium Collaboration Statement providing a detailed accounting of proposed costs and clearly articulating the qualifications of the research team and institution to participate as a new Clinical Research Site in the Consortium.

    Application to this option is not a requirement for Clinical Evaluation Award submission.

    · Maximum funding of $1,500,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).

    · Maximum funding of $1,520,000 for direct costs with the Biorepository Contribution Option (plus indirect costs).

    · Maximum funding of $1,700,000 for direct costs with the Clinical Consortium Collaboration Option (plus indirect costs).

    · Maximum period of performance is 3 years

    Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award – Preproposal due May 29, 2020

    Independent investigators at all academic levels

    · Supports large-scale, pivotal (Phase IIb or III) trials that revolutionize the clinical management of GWI.

    · Proposed research should lead to an approach that is fundamentally better than interventions already approved or in clinical development.

    · Objective biomarkers to measure the biological effect of an investigational therapeutic or predictive/cohort-selective biomarkers that indicate whether a specific therapy will be effective in an individual Gulf War Veteran or Gulf War Veteran subgroup must be included in the trial design.

    · Investigators must have experience in successfully leading large-scale projects and demonstrated the ability to implement a clinical project successfully.

    · Funding must be used to support a clinical trial.

    · Preproposal submission is required; application submission is by invitation only.

    · Biorepository Contribution Option:

    · Supports additional costs associated with submission of samples and data to the GWIRP-supported Biorepository Resource Network

    · Application must submit a Biorepository Contribution Statement providing a detailed accounting of proposed costs and a commitment to work with the GWIRP=supported Biorepository Resource Network.

    · Application to this option is not a requirement for Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award submission.

    · Clinical Consortium Collaboration Option:

    · Supports additional costs associated with collaboration with the GWIRP-supported Gulf War Illness Clinical Trials and Interventions Consortium

    · Applicants must submit a Clinical Consortium Collaboration Statement providing a detailed accounting of proposed costs and clearly articulates the qualifications of the research tea and institution to participate as a new Clinical Research Site in the Consortium.

    · Application to this option is not a requirement for Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award submission.

    · Funding must be used to support a clinical trial.

    · Maximum funding of $5,000,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    · Maximum funding of $5,020,000 for direct costs with the Biorepository Contribution Option (plus indirect costs).

    · Maximum funding of $5,500,000 for direct costs with the Clinical Consortium Collaboration Option (plus indirect costs).

    · Maximum period of performance is 4 years

    Patient-Provider and Health Communications Award – Preproposal due May 29, 2020

    Independent investigators at all academic levels

    · Supports projects aimed at tools and processes to raise awareness of GWI research and clinical findings within communities, including Veterans with GWI and/or their caregivers or advocates, healthcare providers who serve Veterans with GWI, or public health professional relevant to Veterans with GWI.

    · Maintenance and sustainment of the dissemination effort past the award period for continued awareness of GWI research and clinical findings to diverse audiences is an important review criterion.

    · Must include a description of evaluation metrics and tracking to assist in measuring the success of the communication tool process.

    · Must include at least one consumer GWI advocate, who will be integral throughout the planning and implementation of the research project.

    · Clinical trials not allowed.

    · Preproposal submission is required; application submission is by invitation only.

    · Maximum funding of $600,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    · Maximum period of performance is 3 years

    New Investigator Award – Preproposal due May 29, 2020

    Investigators may apply under one of the following three eligibility categories:

    Transitioning Postdoctoral Fellow: Senior postdoctoral fellows with at least 3 years of postdoctoral training

    Early-Career Investigator:Independent investigators within 5 years since their last training position

    New GWI Researcher: Established independent investigators who have received less than $300,000 in federally funded, non-mentored GWI research

    · Encourages applications from early-stage and established investigators new to the field of GWI research.

    · Previous experience in GWI research is not required; however, collaborations with experienced GWI researchers are strongly encouraged.

    · Preliminary data not required.

    · Clinical trials not allowed.

    · Preproposal submission is required; application submission is by invitation only.

    · Biorepository Contribution Option:

    · Supports additional costs associated with submission of samples and data to the GWIRP-supported Biorepository Resource Network.

    · Applicants must submit a Biorepository Contribution Statement providing a detailed accounting of proposed costs and a commitment to work with the GWIRP-supported Biorepository Resource Network.

    · Application to this option is not a requirement for New Investigator Award submission.

    · Maximum funding of $500,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    · Maximum funding of $520,000 for direct costs with the Biorepository Contribution Option (plus indirect costs)

    · The maximum period of performance is 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.

    Point of Contact:

    CDMRP Help Desk

    301-682-5507

    help@eBrap.org


  • 23 Mar 2020 9:21 AM | Hawk Tran (Administrator)

    The FY20 Defense Appropriations Act provides $40 million (M) to the Department of Defense Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP) to support innovative, high-impact spinal cord injury (SCI) research1.  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 SCIRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are posted on the Grants.gov website.

     

    Applications submitted to the FY20 SCIRP must address one or more of the following focus areas:

     

    • Preserving and protecting spinal cord tissue at time of injury for improved neurologic outcomes
    • Identifying and validating biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis, and for evaluation of treatment efficacies (Translational Research Award and Investigator-Initiated Research Award only)
    • Bowel, genitourinary, cardiopulmonary dysfunction, and neuropathic pain
    • Psychosocial issues relevant to people with SCI, their families, and/or their care partners

    Rehabilitation and regeneration—maximizing the function of the residual neural circuitry, including harnessing

    • neuroplasticity and recovery to improve function after SCI

     

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

     

    Clinical Trial Award – Preproposal due May 21, 2020

    Investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)

    ·         Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.

    ·         Fund Phase 0, I, or II clinical trials with the potential to have a major impact on treatment or management of SCI.

    ·         Applications must include at least two individuals with lived SCI experience as members of the research team.

    ·         Preclinical data required for all clinical trial applications.

    ·         Maximum funding of $3M for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·         Maximum period of performance is years

     

    Translational Research Award – Preproposal due May 21, 2020

    Investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)

    ·         Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.

    ·         Fund translational research studies that accelerate the movement of promising ideas in SCI research into clinical applications.

    ·         Applications must include at least one individual with lived SCI experience as a member of the research team.

    ·         The SCIRP TRA may include a pilot clinical trial as part of the proposed research where limited clinical testing of a novel intervention or device is necessary to inform the next step in the continuum of translational research.

    ·         Preliminary data required.

    ·         Maximum funding of $1.25M for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·         Maximum period of performance is 3 years

     

    Investigator-Initiated Research Award – Preproposal due May 21, 2020

    Investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)

    ·         Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.

    ·         Fund and phase of SCI-related research from basic through translational that has the potential to make an important contribution to SCI research, patient care, and/or quality of life.

    ·         Clinical trials not allowed.

    ·         Preliminary data required.

    ·       Maximum funding of $500,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)

    ·       Maximum period of performance is 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 SCIRP 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


  • 20 Mar 2020 11:37 AM | Hawk Tran (Administrator)

    On March 9, 2020, OMB issued M-20-11, "Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)," to provide agencies with additional flexibilities for grants assisting the response to COVID-19. The scope of the M-20-11 was narrowly crafted to provide flexibility to grant recipients performing essential research and services necessary to carry out the emergency response related to COVID-19.

    Please click this link to read the memo put out by OMB concerning guidance on administrative relief: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/M-20-17.pdf

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