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Released: April 16, 2013


The Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) Defense Appropriations Act provides for $5 million (M) to the Department of Defense Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP). The Department of Defense Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP) is administered by the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

To allow investigators time to plan and develop applications, the MSRP is providing its strategic plan for the award mechanism to be offered in 2013. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the government.

Focus Areas: The FY13 MSRP encourages research projects that specifically address the critical needs of the MS community in the following focus areas:

  • Biological basis of symptoms and their management (e.g., cognition, quality of life, rehabilitation, restoration of function, pathophysiological basis of pain)
  • Mechanistic studies of environmental risk factors
  • Endocrinological influences on disease activity and progression
  • Comorbidities and their impact on disease activity and progression

Award Mechanism PI Eligibility Key Mechanism Elements
Idea Development Award Independent investigator at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent)
  • Supports conceptually innovative, high-risk/potentially high-reward research that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries in understanding the causes and progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) and/or improvements in patient care and/or quality of life
  • Preliminary data that are relevant to MS and the proposed research project should be included
  • Clinical trials are not allowed
  • Must address at least one of the MSRP FY13 Focus Areas

All applications must conform to the final program announcement and general application instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from the website upon official announcement of funding opportunity release. Submission deadlines will not be available until the program announcement is released. Requests for email notification of the program announcement release may be sent to For more information about the MSRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (

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