Monday, October 8, 2012

Army Seeks Medical Solutions

The U.S Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) is looking for projects under the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA 13-1) for Extramural Medical Research. The projects under this BAA should be for basic and applied research not related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement.

The announcement provides a general description of USAMRMC’s research programs including research areas of interest, but with this BAA, the research areas have been updated from previous BAAs.

Some of the research needs are:

The Combat Casualty Care Research Program (CCCRP)

  • Development of technologies to stop blood loss
  • Noninvasive or minimally invasive sensors to detect and warn of impending vascular collapse and/or significant tissue damage
  • Technologies to diagnose and limit impairments following traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury
 The Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP)

  • Research on technologies to include telemedicine, remote monitoring, biosensors, advance immunologic testing, and health IT for care management and decision support
  • Soldier monitoring and sensor technologies and decision support tools
  • Research on using a wide variety of advanced medical technologies to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with ongoing health problems
  • Develop injury risk criteria and tools for health hazards and develop monitoring sensor technologies
The Medical Training and Health Information Sciences Program

  • Technologies to enable and enhance biosensory monitoring and communicative capabilities to deliver remote care and consultation throughout the healthcare system from the point of injury to the medical centers and between the Theater and Garrison environments
  • Research in healthcare services to improve how medical devices exchange information with other devices and with medical documentation and management systems
  • Research on information technologies and/or applications that are not bound by fixed structures or geographic location
  • Research on what inhibits the development of an open framework for EHRs
 In addition, USAMRMC is continually seeking initiatives on cross-cutting new science and technologies that may not have a specific place in the BAA. This includes research on information systems and research on automatic identification technologies to manage medical materiel, biomonitoring technologies, cross cutting technologies in neuroscience, medical robotics and intelligent systems, nanomedicine, and biomaterials.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (W81XWH-BAA-13-1) was released October 1, 2012   through The closing date for applications is September 30, 2013. Funding has not been set aside specifically for this BAA and the number of awards have not yet been determined.