U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

March 22, 2001
For Immediate Release:
Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program for 2001

The Fiscal Year 2001 (FY01) Defense Appropriations Act provides $12 million to the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP). This program has been administered since FY97 by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) through its Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

The OCRP is encouraging research focused on epithelial ovarian carcinoma and/or primary peritoneal carcinoma. In addition, the following research areas are being emphasized: (1) etiology, (2) prevention, (3) early detection/diagnosis, (4) preclinical therapeutics, (5) quality of life, and (6) behavioral studies.

The programmatic strategy for the FY01 OCRP is to fund Program Project Awards. The goal of these awards is to enhance ovarian cancer research infrastructure by establishing collaborations across research disciplines and institutions, supporting innovative research, and attracting new independent investigators into the ovarian cancer research field. Funding for these awards can be requested for a maximum of $2.5 million inclusive of direct and indirect costs, over a 2- to 4-year performance period.

A Program Project Award submission must include two to four research projects and a minimum of one core facility. At least one of the research projects must be an Idea or New Investigator Research Project. Investigator-Initiated Research Projects may also be included but are not required.

Idea Research Projects are intended to stimulate and reward creative ideas that may be viewed as speculative, but with the potential for high payoff. The inclusion of preliminary or pilot data is not required for Idea Research Projects. The intent of New Investigator Research Projects is to encourage new investigators (i.e., Assistant Professor or equivalent with no more than 6 years of experience in the field of ovarian cancer research) to pursue research in the field of ovarian cancer. Investigator-Initiated Research Projects are designed to sponsor research across a broad spectrum of disciplines that will provide insight to the ovarian cancer research field. Presentation of preliminary or pilot data is required for both New Investigator and Investigator-Initiated Research Projects.

The receipt deadline for Program Project Award proposals is July 18, 2001 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Detailed descriptions of this award category, evaluation criteria, and proposal submission requirements can be found in the FY01 OCRP Program Announcement.