DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - CONGRESSIONALLY DIRECTED MEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAMS

Vision - To prevent, mitigate, and treat the effects of traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury on function, wellness, and overall quality of life for Service members as well as their caregivers and families

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The following content was updated in March 2021 and will no longer be updated. For current information on the CDMRP Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health Research Program, please go to: TBIPHRP

The Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program (PH/TBIRP) was established by Congress in FY07 in response to the devastating impact of TBI and PH issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), on our deployed Service members in Iraq and Afghanistan. Appropriations totaling $300M—$150M each for TBI and PH (including PTSD)—were assigned to the CDMRP for the purpose of soliciting and managing critical TBI- and PH-related research and development efforts to benefit Service members, veterans, and other beneficiaries of the military health system.

Additional congressional appropriations for the PH/TBIRP were assigned to the USAMRDC between FY09 and FY20, and a modified execution model, including assignment of program strategic oversight to USAMRMC-based research program areas aligned with the OASD(HA), was established. As directed by the OASD(HA), the Defense Health Agency (DHA), Research and Development Directorate (J9) manages and executes the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation, which included the PH/TBIRP. The DHA RDA Directorate leveraged PH/TBIRP funding to support ongoing research and development in three core DHP research program areas assigned to study PH and TBI, including:

  • Joint Program Committee-5/Military Operational Medicine Research Program (JPC-5/MOMRP)
  • Joint Program Committee-6/Combat Casualty Care Research Program (JPC-6/CCCRP)
  • Joint Program Committee-8/Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program (JPC-8/CRMRP)

These JPCs provided recommendations to the DHA RDA Directorate on research gaps, focus areas, and funding options for the PH/TBIRP. The CDMRP worked in partnership with the JPCs to provide operational execution management support as needed for the PH/TBIRP, including program announcement development, application solicitation and review, award negotiation and management, as well as program evaluation and planning. CDMRP will continue to provide award management support through the full life-cycle of each award. The CDMRP-managed application review for the PH/TBIRP followed a two-tiered model, where consumer involvement at the peer review level continued to be a hallmark. Our nation's wounded warriors served in this capacity for the PH/TBIRP, representing fellow Service members and veterans to help identify the most relevant and impactful research.

For more information on CDMRP's support of the DHP core research areas, see the Defense Medical Research and Development Program page.



PH/TBI Supported Initiatives

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Vision

To prevent, mitigate, and treat the effects of traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury on function, wellness, and overall quality of life for Service members as well as their caregivers and families

Mission

Establish, fund, and integrate both individual and multi-agency research efforts that will lead to improved prevention, detection, and treatment of PH/TBI


Last updated Monday, March 15, 2021