DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - CONGRESSIONALLY DIRECTED MEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAMS

NEWS RELEASE

Released: March 1, 2018

Defense Health Program
Department of Defense Parkinson's Research Program
Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18)

Due to the current Continuing Resolution, the FY18 Defense Appropriations bill has not been passed. Although funds have not been appropriated for the Department of Defense Parkinson’s Research Program (PRP), the PRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY18 funding opportunities.

FY18 PRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in April 2018. 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, and funding of research projects received in response to these Program Announcements is contingent on the availability of Federal funds appropriated for the PRP.

Applications to the FY18 PRP are being solicited by the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity. The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

IMPORTANT: The PRP seeks to focus applications and direct funding by providing Focus Areas to address the critical needs in Parkinson’s disease research.

Award Mechanism Eligibility Key Mechanism Elements Funding
Investigator-Initiated Research Award Independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent).
  • Supports highly rigorous, multi-disciplinary, high-impact research projects that have the potential to make an important contribution to Parkinson’s disease research and/or patient care.
  • Potential impact of research may be near-term or long-term, but it must be significant and go beyond an incremental advancement.
  • 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.
  • Principal Investigators (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 the independent efforts of a single PI.

Applications to this award mechanism must address at least one of the Focus Areas noted below:
  • Genetic stratification of quantifiable, suspected environmental factors on the risk of Parkinson’s disease
  • Biological mechanism of impact of exercise on neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease.
Individual PI:
  • Maximum funding of $1.5 million (M) in total costs
  • Maximum period of performance is 3 years

Partnering PI Option:
  • Maximum funding of $2M in total costs
  • Maximum period of performance is 3 years
Early Investigator Research Award
    Investigator must be a postdoctoral or clinical fellow, instructor, or assistant professor within 5 years of advanced degree or residency training (or equivalent).

    Verification of eligibility criteria must be provided in an Eligibility Statement signed by an appropriate institutional official and the PI.
  • Supports early-career investigators who have innovative, high-impact ideas or new technologies applicable to Parkinson’s disease research and/or patient care.
  • PIs must have a designated mentor who is an experienced Parkinson’s disease researcher.
  • The application must include an individualized, Parkinson’s disease-focused researcher development plan.
  • Preliminary data are not required.
  • Clinical trials are not allowed.

Applications to this award mechanism must address the following Focus Area:
  • Mechanism of cognitive and psychiatric symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Maximum funding of $340,000 in total costs.
  • Maximum period of performance is 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, subscribe to program-specific news and updates under “Email Subscriptions” on the eBRAP homepage at https://eBRAP.org. For more information about the PRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (http://cdmrp.army.mil).


Point of Contact:

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