Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury
Released: February 10, 2017
Defense Health Program
Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (PH/TBI) Research Program
Anticipated Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17)
Due to the current Continuing Resolution, the FY17 Defense Appropriations bill has not been passed. Although funds have not been appropriated for the Department of Defense Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program (PH/TBIRP), the PH/TBIRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY17 funding opportunities.
FY17 PH/TBIRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms being released on behalf of the Joint Program Committee 8/Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program are anticipated to be posted on Grants.gov in March 2017. 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 PH/TBIRP.
As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency’s J9 Research and Development Directorate manages the Defense Health Program’s Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation appropriation. The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).
FY17 Complex Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Rehabilitation Research Focus Areas. The FY17 PH/TBIRP will solicit research applications for the following focus areas:
- Develop, evaluate, and/or validate Return to Duty outcomes following rehabilitation in patients with TBI. Develop ecologically valid (e.g., military-specific tasks) and clinically practical standardized functional outcome measures for Service Members with TBI that inform return to duty/participation. Outcome measures should address the impact on function- and participation-level performance of specific cognitive deficits (e.g., processing, attention, memory) and/or sensorimotor dysfunction.
- Develop and/or evaluate treatment strategies (e.g., multitask/dual-task, sequential vs. parallel, etc.) for TBI sequela including, but not limited to, pain, cognitive deficits (attention, memory, etc.), exertion-induced symptoms, and dizziness. Intervention strategies should aim to increase patient tolerance for rehabilitation and result in measurable improvement in targeted impairments and function- and participation-level performance.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of clinically feasible rehabilitation technologies for the objective assessment and/or treatment of cognitive deficits and/or sensory or sensorimotor dysfunction in Service members with TBI with the intent to inform return to duty/participation decisions.
- For patients with TBI-associated cognitive deficits or sensory or sensorimotor dysfunction(s):
- Investigate the delivery of rehabilitation interventions with regard to optimization of treatment prescription (i.e., frequency, intensity, timing, and type).
- Investigate the comparative effectiveness of interventions resulting in measurable improvement in targeted impairment and functional- and participation-level performance.
- Understand the neural mechanisms of recovery and/or natural progression following isolated or cumulative TBIs in Service Members.
Investigators should explore one of the following:
- Cognitive Deficits – to inform novel rehabilitation interventions that drive neuroplasticity and lead to the recovery of cognitive function.
- Sensory or Sensorimotor Dysfunction – to inform novel rehabilitation interventions that lead to recovery of sensory or sensorimotor function.
- Chronification of Pain – to inform knowledge of and treatment for the progression from acute to chronic pain in TBI-associated headache/migraine.
|Award Mechanism||Eligibility||Key Mechanism Elements||Funding|
|Complex TBI Rehabilitation Research – Technology/Therapeutic Development Award||Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent) are eligible to submit an application.||
Funding Level 1: Observational Research Studies
Funding Level 2: Clinical Translational Research Studies
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|Complex TBI Rehabilitation Research – Clinical Trial Award||Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent) are eligible to submit an application.||
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 PH/TBIRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (https://cdmrp.army.mil).Point of Contact:
CDMRP Public Affairs
Last updated Thursday, April 13, 2017