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Released: May 6, 2013

Defense Health Program
Department of Defense Spinal Cord Injury Research Program
Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2013



The Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) Defense Appropriations Act provides $30 million to the Department of Defense Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP).
The SCIRP challenges the scientific community to design innovative research that will foster new directions for and address neglected issues in the field of SCI-focused research.

The vision of the SCIRP is to advance the treatment and management of spinal cord injury and ameliorate its consequences relevant to injured Service members. This program is administered by the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

The FY13 SCIRP award mechanisms are listed in the table below. Mechanism-specific Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities, including areas of encouragement, the intent of the award mechanism, eligibility, and 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 May 2013. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the government.

Award Mechanism Eligibility Key Mechanism Elements Funding
Clinical Trial Award Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)
  • Fund phase 0, I, or II clinical trials with the potential to have a major impact on treatment or management of SCI and its consequences
  • Preclinical data required for all clinical trial applications
  • Preapplication required; application submission by invitation only
  • Maximum funding of $1,500,000 in direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Period of performance should not exceed 4 years
Investigator-Initiated Research Award Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)
  • Fund SCI-related research that will make an original and important contribution to the field of research or patient care
  • Optional Feature: Applications that include a Qualified Collaborator that meets criteria identified in the announcement may apply for a higher level of funding
  • Preliminary data required
  • Clinical trials not allowed
  • Preapplication required; application submission by invitation only
  • Maximum funding of $450,000 in direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum funding of $525,000 in direct costs (plus indirect costs) for applications including an Optional Qualified Collaborator
  • Period of performance should not exceed 3 years
Qualitative Research Award Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)
  • Fund qualitative research on military Service members and Veterans in the years following spinal cord injury
  • Qualitative research is defined as a form of social inquiry that focuses on understanding the way that people interpret and make sense of their experiences and the world in which they live (i.e., seek to understand the human experience).
  • Preliminary data encouraged but not required
  • Clinical trials not allowed
  • Preapplication required; application submission by invitation only
  • Maximum funding of $400,000 in direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Period of performance should not exceed 3 years
Translational Research Award Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)
  • Fund studies that accelerate the movement of promising ideas in SCI research into clinical applications
  • Preliminary data required
  • Clinical trials not allowed
  • Preapplication required; application submission by invitation only
  • Maximum funding of $750,000 in direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Period of performance should not exceed 3 years

Information in this pre-announcement is being provided to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. All applications must conform to the requirements specified in the Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities, which will be posted on Grants.gov and the CDMRP website at a later date. Submission deadlines are not available until the program announcements are released.

A pre-application (preproposal) is required and must be submitted through the CDMRP eReceipt website (http://cdmrp.org) prior to application submission. Applications must be submitted through the federal government's single-entry portal, Grants.gov.

Requests for email notification of the release of program announcements may be sent to Help@cdmrp.org. Email notifications of funding opportunities are sent as a courtesy and should not be used as a sole source of notification; applicants should monitor Grants.gov for official postings of funding opportunities.

Point of Contact:

CDMRP Public Affairs 301-619-9783
usarmy.detrick.medcom-cdmrp.mbx.cdmrp-public-affairs@mail.mil