Attention Researchers! GBS Deemed Eligible for Research Studies through Department of Defense Peer Review

In March 2018 Congress passed an omnibus bill that finalized Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations. Guillain-Barré Syndrome was again listed as a condition eligible for study! Now is the time to begin applications for available grants. Below is more detailed information regarding applications and possible awards.

The mission of the PRMRP is to encourage, identify, and select military health-related research of exceptional scientific merit. Relevance to the healthcare needs of military Service members, Veterans, and their family members is a key feature of each FY18 PRMRP award mechanism.

Award Mechanism Eligibility Key Mechanism Elements Funding
Clinical Trial Award Assistant Professor level or above (or equivalent)
  • Preproposal submission is required; application submission is by invitation only.
  • Supports the rapid implementation of clinical trials of novel interventions with the potential to have a significant impact on patient care in the topic area(s) of interest.
  • Proposed projects may range from small proof-of-concept trials through large-scale, definitive trials.
  • Investigational New Drug or Investigational Device Exemption applications, if needed, should be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration by the PRMRP application submission deadline.
  • Funding limit not defined; requested funding must be appropriate for the scope of work proposed
  • Maximum period of performance is 4 years
Discovery Award Postdoctoral fellow or clinical fellow (or equivalent) and above
  • Supports the exploration of a highly innovative new concept or untested theory.
  • Not intended to support the logical progression of an already established line of questioning.
  • Clinical trials will not be funded.
  • Reviewers will be blinded to the identity of the Principal Investigator (PI), collaborators, and their organization(s).
  • Maximum of $200,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is 18 months
Focused Program Award Full Professor level or above (or equivalent)
  • Preproposal submission is required; application submission is by invitation only.
  • Supports a synergistic, multidisciplinary research program of at least four distinct but complementary projects addressing an overarching goal.
  • Projects should work together to answer critical questions, resolve differing hypotheses, and translate laboratory findings to clinical applications.
  • Projects may range from exploratory/hypothesis-developing through small-scale clinical trials that together will address the overarching goal/question.
  • Research team of highly qualified, multidisciplinary project leaders should be led by a PI with demonstrated success in directing large, focused projects.
  • Maximum of $10 million for total costs (includes direct and indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is 4 years
Investigator-Initiated Research Award Assistant Professor level or above (or equivalent)
  • Preproposal submission is required; application submission is by invitation only.
  • Supports research that will make an original and important contribution to the field of research or patient care in the topic area(s) of interest.
  • Partnering PI Option available.
  • Clinical trials will not be funded.
  • Maximum of $1.2 million for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum of $1.5 million for direct costs (plus indirect costs) for applications including a Partnering PI Option
  • Maximum period of performance is 3 years
Technology/ Therapeutic Development Award Assistant Professor level or above (or equivalent)
  • Supports the translation of promising preclinical findings into clinical applications for prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, or quality of life.
  • Product-oriented (e.g., device, drug, clinical guidelines). The product(s) to be developed may be a tangible item such as a pharmacologic agent (drugs or biologics) or device, or a knowledge-based product.
  • Clinical trials will not be funded.
  • Preproposal submission is required; application submission is by invitation only.
  • Maximum of $3.0 million 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 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 funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

Applications must be submitted through the federal government’s single-entry portal, Grants.gov. 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.

For more information about the PRMRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website.