Sunday, April 11, 2010

DOD Program Announcement

Appropriations for $50 million for FY 10 are funding the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) to support military health-related research. The program issued a funding opportunity notice (W81XWH-10-PRMRP-TTDA) to make Technology/Therapeutic Development Awards. The program is looking for original ideas to foster new directions to improve therapeutic or diagnostic tools, to improve clinical policies/guidelines, or develop clinical trials that address an immediate clinical need.

The Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) expects to fund $5.1 million of the $50 million for the FY 10 PRMRP appropriation and anticipates funding approximately two technology/therapeutic development award applications.

The PRMRP seeks applications in laboratory, clinical, behavioral, and epidemiologic research as well as in public health and policy, environmental sciences, nursing, occupational health, alternative therapies, ethics, economics, and strategic research.

All applications for the funding must address at least one of the topic areas directed by Congress and the application needs to have direct relevance to the healthcare needs of the Armed Forces, their families, and/or the Veteran population.

Some of the research topic areas include chronic migraine and post-traumatic headaches, drug abuse, epilepsy, fragile X syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, interstitial cystitis, vaccines for infectious disease, lupus, mesothelioma, neuroblastina, osteoporosis and related bone disease, Paget’s disease, pheochromocytoma, polycystic kidney disease, osteoarthritis, scleroderma, and tinnitus.

Some of the examples of research that might be supported but not limited to include:

• Collection and analysis of data for developing and validating clinical guidance
• Testing new therapeutic modalities
• Developing prototype devices for diagnosis/ treatment for initiation of clinical trials
• Optimizing diagnostic or treatment devices for field deployment

Eligible organizations for the funding include for-profit, nonprofit, public and private organizations such as universities, colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and companies. PIs at the level or above the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent are eligible to submit applications.

Pre-application submission deadline is April 22, 2010, with May 13, 2010 as the application submission deadline. For more information, go to then go to Technology/Therapeutic Development Award or email or call (301) 619-7079.