DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - CONGRESSIONALLY DIRECTED MEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAMS

NEWS RELEASE

Released: March 9, 2016
Updated: May 4, 2016

Defense Health Program
Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program
Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16)

The FY16 Defense Appropriations Act provides $80 million (M) to the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) to support innovative, high-impact prostate cancer research. As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency, Research, Development, and Acquisition (DHA RDA) Directorate manages the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). The PCRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. FY16 PCRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are anticipated to be posted on the Grants.gov website in April 2016. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the government.

IMPORTANT: The PCRP's FY16 mission is to find and fund research that will lead to the elimination of death and enhance the well-being of men with prostate cancer. As such, the PCRP seeks to focus applications and direct funding by providing four Overarching Challenges and seven Focus Areas to address critical needs in prostate cancer research and clinical management. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit research that addresses one or more of the Overarching Challenges and Focus Areas.

Overarching Challenges: (1) Distinguish aggressive from indolent disease in men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. (2) Develop strategies to prevent progression to lethal prostate cancer. (3) Develop effective treatments and address mechanisms of resistance for men with high-risk or metastatic prostate cancer. (4) Develop strategies to optimize the physical and mental health of men with prostate cancer.

Focus Areas: (1) Biomarker Development. (2) Genetics. (3) Imaging. (4) Mechanisms of Resistance and Response. (5) Survivorship and Palliative Care. (6) Therapy. (7) Tumor and Microenvironment Biology.

Award Mechanism Eligibility Key Mechanism Elements Funding
Clinical Consortium Research Site Award Independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent)
  • Supports the addition of a Clinical Research Site to the Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Consortium.
    • This consortium facilitates the rapid execution of collaborative Phase II or Phase I/II clinical trials that will bring to market high-impact, novel therapeutic interventions that will ultimately and significantly decrease the impact of prostate cancer.
  • Funds may not be used for research or development of clinical protocols.
  • Sites must provide plans for accruing patients from populations disproportionately affected by prostate cancer.
  • Trials that incorporate investigations of biomarkers for risk assessment, early detection, prediction of aggressiveness, and/or progression of prostate cancer are encouraged.
  • Maximum funding of $600K for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is 3 years
Impact Award Independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent)
  • Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.
  • Supports high-impact, potentially high-risk, studies (including clinical trials) that address a central question or problem in prostate cancer. As such, the primary emphasis of this mechanism is on Impact.
  • Potential impact of the research may be near-term or long-term, but it must be significant and go beyond an incremental advancement.
  • Proposed projects may include basic, translational, or clinical research, including clinical trials.
  • Preliminary data to support feasibility are required.
Partnering PI Option:
  • Provides a higher level of funding to support synergistic partnerships between two or three independent investigators collaborating on a single application.
  • PIs are expected to demonstrate within the application the synergistic components that will significantly advance the project such that the research outcomes could not otherwise be accomplished through independent efforts of a single PI.
  • Allows for individual awards to multiple sites (maximum of three sites in total), provided the combined direct costs for all sites does not exceed the $2M maximum.
Individual PIs:
  • Maximum funding of $750K for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is 3 years
Partnering PI Option:
  • Maximum funding of $2M for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is 3 years
Health Disparity Research Award Established Investigators: Independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent); or

New Investigators: Investigators that meet the following criteria at the application submission deadline date:
  • Have the freedom to pursue individual aims without formal mentorship
  • Have not previously received a PCRP Health Disparity Research Award
  • Have either completed at least 3 years of postdoctoral training or fellowship or are within 5 years of having begun first independent faculty position (or equivalent)
  • Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.
  • Supports new ideas for prostate cancer research that have the potential to make an important contribution to reducing and ultimately eliminating disparities in prostate cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality.
  • Preliminary data are encouraged but not required.
  • New Investigator Option supports applicants early in their faculty appointments or in the process of developing independent research careers.
  • Qualified Collaborator Option supports a higher level of funding for PIs who include a collaborator that significantly contributes (10% level of effort or greater and provides both intellectual input and research resources) to the research project such that it could not otherwise be accomplished.
  • Nested Health Disparity (HD) Traineeship Option supports predoctoral and postdoctoral training, nested within the overall proposed project, for individuals committed to pursuing careers as independent investigators in prostate cancer health disparity research.
  • Maximum funding of $450K for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • If applying for the Qualified Collaborator Option, maximum funding of $600K for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is 3 years
  • Additional funds can be requested if including the Nested HD Traineeship Option
Idea Development Award Established Investigators: Independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent); or

New Investigators: Investigators that meet the following criteria at the application submission deadline date:
  • Have the freedom to pursue individual aims without formal mentorship
  • Have not previously received a PCRP Idea Development Award
  • Have either completed at least 3 years of postdoctoral training or fellowship or are within 5 years of having begun first independent faculty position (or equivalent)
  • Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.
  • Supports new ideas that represent innovative, high-risk/high-gain approaches to prostate cancer research, and have the potential to make an important contribution to eliminating death and enhancing the well-being of men with prostate cancer.
  • Emphasis is equally placed on Innovation and Impact.
  • Preliminary data are encouraged but not required.
  • Clinical trials are not allowed.
  • New Investigator Option supports applicants early in their faculty appointments or in the process of developing independent research careers.
  • Partnering PI Option:
    • Provides a higher level of funding to support synergistic partnerships between two or three independent Established Investigators collaborating on a single application.
    • PIs are expected to demonstrate within the application the synergistic components that will significantly advance the project such that the research outcomes could not otherwise be accomplished through independent efforts of a single PI.
    • Allows for individual awards to multiple sites (maximum of three sites in total), provided the combined direct costs for all sites does not exceed the $1M maximum.
Established PIs:
  • Maximum funding of $600K for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
New Investigator Option:
  • Maximum funding of $275K for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
Partnering PI Option:
  • Maximum funding of $1M for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is 3 years
Physician Research Award At the time of application submission, the PI must be either:
  • In the last year of an accredited medical residency or medical fellowship program;

  • or

  • Within 3 years of having initiated an appointment as Instructor, Assistant Professor, or equivalent
  • Supports mentored research experience to prepare physicians with clinical duties for careers in prostate cancer research.
  • PIs must demonstrate a commitment to a career at the forefront of prostate cancer research and clinical practice.
  • PIs must have a designated mentor with an established research program in prostate cancer.
  • Institutions must provide at least 40% protection of PI's time for research.
  • Projects that focus on basic research are highly encouraged.
  • Maximum funding of $130K per year for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is 4 years
Prostate Cancer Early Investigator Research Award By March 31, 2017,

Predoctoral Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. PIs:

  • Must be enrolled full-time in an accredited doctoral program and must have completed all predissertation requirements
Postdoctoral Ph.D. or M.D. PIs:
  • Must have successfully defended a doctoral thesis or possess an M.D. degree, and
  • Have 3 years or less of postdoctoral fellowship
  • Supports research opportunities focused on prostate cancer for individuals in the early stages of their careers.
  • PIs must have a designated mentor who is an experienced prostate cancer researcher.
Predoctoral Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. PIs:
  • Maximum funding of $60K for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Period of performance cannot exceed 2 years
Postdoctoral M.D. or Ph.D. PIs:
  • Maximum of $125K for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
  • Period of performance cannot exceed 2 years

A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) at https://eBRAP.org prior to the pre-application deadline. All applications must conform to the final Program Announcements and General Application Instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from the Grants.gov website. The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on Grants.gov. A listing of all CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

Applications must be submitted through the federal government's single-entry portal, Grants.gov. Submission deadlines are not available until the Program Announcements are released. For email notification when Program Announcements are released go to the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil) and select Subscribe to Funding Opportunities & Program Communications. For more information about the PCRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil).

Point of Contact:

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


Last updated Wednesday, May 4, 2016