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December 1, 2004

Ten Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program Announcements are released for Fiscal Year 2005

The fiscal year 2005 (FY05) Defense Appropriations Act provides $85 million to the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) to support innovative research directed toward eliminating prostate cancer. This program is administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

The PCRP has 12 different award mechanisms for FY05. The FY05 Clinical Trial Award was released in June 2004, and proposals are due by December 7, 2004. Program Announcements for the 10 award mechanisms shown in the table below are being released on December 1, 2004; six have a submission deadline of February 8, 2005, and four have a submission deadline of June 7, 2005.

Program Announcement Funding Mechanism Submission Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Idea Development Award (with optional Nested Resident and Medical Student Traineeships) February 8, 2005
New Investigator Award February 8, 2005
Exploration -- Hypothesis Development Award February 8, 2005
Predoctoral Traineeship Award February 8, 2005
Postdoctoral Traineeship Award February 8, 2005
Clinical Trial Development Award February 8, 2005
Health Disparity Research -- Prostate Scholar Award June 7, 2005
Health Disparity Training -- Prostate Scholar Award June 7, 2005
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Undergraduate Collaborative Summer Training Program Award June 7, 2005
Physician Research Training Award June 7, 2005

A detailed description of each mechanism listed in the table above, including evaluation criteria and submission requirements, can be found in its FY05 PCRP Program Announcement, which you may download from the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil). A reference table that briefly summarizes each of these 10 award mechanisms and submission requirements is available at http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pdf/05pcrpreftable.pdf . The electronic submission process for proposals is now open for these 10 award mechanisms and must be completed by the applicant and his or her institutional contracting representative by the designated submission deadline.

A new and exciting opportunity for prostate cancer research funding will be provided through a FY05 Clinical Consortium Award, which will be described when the FY05 PCRP Program Announcement for this funding mechanism is released in January 2005.

Points of Contact: Gail Whitehead, Public Affairs Coordinator, phone 301-619-7783;
Leo Giambarresi, Ph.D., PCRP Program Manager, phone 301-619-7071