U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command &
Fort Detrick Public Affairs/Marketing Office, Fort Detrick, Maryland

January 27, 2003

Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program for Fiscal Year 2003

The fiscal year 2003 (FY03) Defense Appropriations Act provides $10 million to the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) to support innovative research directed toward eliminating ovarian cancer. This program is administered by the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

Proposals are sought in the following two emphasis areas: etiology and early detection.

The FY03 OCRP Program Announcements have an electronic proposal submission deadline of April 23, 2003, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. These announcements will call for proposals in the following two mechanisms:

  • Idea Development Awards
  • New Investigator Awards

Idea Development Awards are designed to encourage innovative approaches to research in the etiology and early detection of ovarian cancer; they are intended to stimulate and reward innovative research ideas that may be viewed as high risk but have the potential for high gain in scientific and clinical knowledge. These proposals should start, create, or introduce a unique or unusual approach to the study of ovarian cancer. The research may represent a new paradigm, challenge existing paradigms, or investigate an existing problem from a new perspective. All investigators are eligible to submit proposals.

New Investigator Awards are intended to recognize and support postdoctoral fellows with at least 5 years of postdoctoral training, and faculty through the level of Assistant Professor (or other individuals with comparable experience holding non-academic positions of equivalent rank) that have innovative ideas applicable to the etiology and early detection of ovarian cancer.

Detailed descriptions of each of these mechanisms, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the FY03 Program Announcement corresponding to that mechanism. Each Program Announcement can be downloaded from the CDMRP web site ( All applicants will be required to submit one electronic version of their proposal as a PDF (portable document format) file.

Points of Contact:
Gail Whitehead, Public Affairs Coordinator, phone 301-619-7071
Patricia Modrow, Ph.D., OCRP Manager, phone 301-619-7071