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The Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP), established in fiscal year 1999 (FY99), has supported research across the full range of science and medicine, with an underlying goal of enhancing the health and well-being of uniformed service personnel, their families, and the veteran population. Program oversight is provided through a Tri-Service/Interagency Joint Programmatic Review Panel as required by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. Congressional appropriations for the PRMRP totaled $594.5 million (M) through FY12 and have supported 493 awards in more than 90 different topic areas. Congress appropriated $50M for the FY13 program to solicit proposals in 24 topic areas.

Throughout history, military medical personnel have pioneered breakthroughs in reconstructive surgery, the use of antibiotics, principles of intensive care and burn care, and kidney dialysis, in response to war zone needs, benefitting warfighters and civilians alike. Medical research supported by the PRMRP to address near-term military needs continues this tradition. Millions of nondeployed personnel, their dependents, military retirees, and veterans receive military medical services, creating a critical need to support research on a broad spectrum of medical issues affecting these diverse populations that include children and the elderly. The PRMRP is committed to funding research with the potential to profoundly impact the development and implementation of medical devices, drugs, and clinical practice guidance that will enhance the precision and efficacy of diagnosis and treatment across the spectrum of health care settings.

Congressional Appropriations

Congressional Appropriations

Funding Summary

Funding Summary

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