Released: January 4, 2009
Department of Defense Multiple Sclerosis Research Program
Funding for Fiscal Year 2010
The Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) Defense Appropriations Act provides $4.5 million to the Department of Defense Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP).
The MSRP challenges the scientific community to design innovative research that will increase the understanding of
the etiology and pathogenesis of MS and improve assessment and treatment options. The vision of the MSRP is to
prevent the occurrence, cure, reverse, or slow the progression, and lessen the personal and societal impact of MS.
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 FY10 MSRP specifically encourages applications that address critical needs of the MS community and concentrate on the following:
- Biological basis of disease progression
- Primary Progressive MS
- Secondary Progressive MS
- Neurological protection, regeneration, and repair
- MS phenotypic heterogeneity
- Population subgroups (ancestry, sex, and others)
- Novel stratification of affected population
- Gene/environment interactions
- Disease course
- Biomarkers of disease activity, progression, and drug response
- Drug discovery
- Assay development
- Screening of novel compounds
- Not human clinical trials
- Biological basis of fatigue, sexual dysfunction, cognitive impairment, affective disorder, and rehabilitation
The FY10 MSRP award mechanisms are listed in the table below. Mechanism-specific Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities, including submission deadlines, and General Application Instructions are anticipated to be posted on the Grants.gov and CDMRP websites (http://www.grants.gov and http://cdmrp.army.mil, respectively) in late January/early February 2010.
|Award Mechanism||Eligibility||Key Mechanism Elements||Funding|
|Concept Award||All investigators||
|Idea Award||Investigators at or above the level of an Assistant Professor (or equivalent)||
Information in this press release regarding the Concept Award and the Idea Award mechanisms is being provided to
allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. All applications submitted must conform to the
requirements specified in the relevant Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities, which will be posted on
Grants.gov at a later date. Pre-application and application deadlines will not be available until these program
announcements are released.
The number of awards anticipated is based on available funds and the average cost of applications. The MSRP reserves the right to make awards in greater or lesser numbers than anticipated based on the number and quality of applications received. Each Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity and the General Application Instructions, which detail the pre-application and application submission requirements and process, along with the required forms for application submission, will be available for downloading from the Grants.gov website (http://www.grants.gov) upon release.
Pre-application submission to the CDMRP eReceipt website (https://cdmrp.org) prior to application submission is required for all award mechanisms. Applications must be submitted through the federal government's single-entry portal, Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov). Pre-application and application submission deadlines will be listed in the Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity.
Requests for email notification of the release of program announcements may be sent to Help@cdmrp.org. For more information about the ALSRP or other CDMRP-sponsored programs, please visit the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil).
Point of Contact:
- Dorsey DuPont, 301-619-9783, and Gail Whitehead, 301-619-7783
Public Affairs, CDMRP.PublicAffairs@amedd.army.mil