DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - CONGRESSIONALLY DIRECTED MEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAMS

NEWS RELEASE

Released: May 10, 2010

Department of Defense Fiscal Year 2010 Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program
Cognitive Rehabilitation Clinical Trial Award

The Fiscal Year 2010 (FY 10) Defense Appropriations Act provides approximately $8.5M to fund two to three Clinical Trial Award applications focused on Cognitive Rehabilitative Therapy for members and former members of the armed forces. These trials will be funded through the FY 10 Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury (PH/TBI) Research Program, administered through the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

Funding of applications received in response to this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity is contingent on the availability of Federal funds for this program and on the quality and number of applications received.

The Program Announcement and Application Instructions for the FY 10 PH/TBI Research Program's Cognitive Rehabilitation Clinical Trial Award are anticipated to be posted via Grants.gov in May 2010.

Award Mechanism

Eligibility

Key Mechanism Elements

Funding

Cognitive Rehabilitation Clinical Trial Award

Independent investigator at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent)

  • Award is intended to support the rapid implementation of clinical trials to assess the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitative therapy for members or former members of the Armed Forces.
  • Collaboration with military researchers and clinicians is encouraged.
  • Use of military or veteran populations who have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) incurred in the line of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom is mandatory.
  • Focus areas for the Cognitive Rehabilitative Therapy Trials could include the impact of one or more of the following:
    • cumulative concussions,
    • mild TBI (mTBI) and chronic symptoms,
    • cognitive rehabilitation in chronic mTBI,
    • use of information technology devices (PDAs, computers, etc.),
    • the use of robotics, nutritional supplements, and timing of out/inpatient rehabilitation, and
    • strategies for polytrauma.

  • Maximum funding of $2,000,000.00 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Period of performance cannot exceed 4 years

Full details of the FY10 PH/TBI Research Program's Cognitive Rehabilitation Clinical Trial Award focus areas will be included in the program announcement when it is released.

A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the CDMRP eReceipt website (https://cdmrp.org) prior to proposal submission. Proposals must be submitted through the federal government's single-entry portal, Grants.gov. Requests for email notification of the release of the Program Announcements may be sent to help@cdmrp.org. For more information about the FY 10 PH/TBI Research Program's Cognitive Rehabilitation Clinical Trial Award and/or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil).

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The government reserves the right to make changes to the award mechanisms offered and the mechanism elements, if necessary.