Released: March 27, 2009
Department of Defense Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Research Program
Funding for Fiscal Year 2009 (FY09)
The Fiscal Year 2009 (FY09) Defense Appropriations Act provides $5 million (M) to the Department of Defense
ALS Research Program (ALSRP) to find and fund the best research to improve treatments and find a cure for
ALS. This program is administered by the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command through the Office of the
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).
The FY09 ALSRP encourages proposals that focus research on ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, specifically on the pre-clinical development of novel therapies to treat this disease. While a number of drugs are in clinical trials, no effective treatments exist now to combat the effects of this neurodegenerative disease. Military service members are more likely than the general public to develop ALS; in addition, veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War are twice as likely to be diagnosed with ALS.
FY09 ALSRP program announcements and application instructions for the following award mechanisms (including deadlines) are anticipated to be posted and available for downloading on Grants.gov in April 2009.
|Award Mechanism||Eligibility||Key Mechanism Elements||Funding|
|Therapeutic Development Award||Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)||
A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the CDMRP eReceipt websit
(http://cdmrp.org) prior to proposal submission. Proposals must be submitted through
the federal government's single-entry portal, Grants.gov. Individual program announcements and required forms will
also be found on the Grants.gov website.
Information in this pre-announcement is being provided to allow investigators time to plan and develop proposals. All proposals submitted must conform to the final program announcements, which will be posted on Grants.gov and the CDMRP website (https://cdmrp.army.mil) at a later date. The number of awards anticipated in each mechanism is based on available funds, average cost of proposals, and quality of proposals received. The ALSRP reserves the right to make awards in greater or lesser numbers than anticipated. Each program announcement will be available electronically for downloading from the Grants.gov website. The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on Grants.gov.
Requests for email notification of the Program Announcements release may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the ALSRP or other CDMRP-sponsored programs, please visit the CDMRP website (https://cdmrp.army.mil).
Point of Contact:
- Gail Whitehead, Public Affairs Coordinator, CDMRP, 301-619-7783