Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes
Released: January 14, 2020
Defense Health Program
Department of Defense Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program
Anticipated Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20)
The FY20 Defense Appropriation Act provides $15 million to the Department of Defense Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program (OPORP) to support research on outcomes-based best practices through analysis of the merits of prosthetic and orthotic device options currently available, not on the development of new or the improvement of existing technology. As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency J9, Research and Development Directorate manages the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC).
The OPORP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY20 funding opportunity. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government. The FY20 OPORP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms will be posted on the Grants.gov website. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released.
OPORP supports research that evaluates orthoses and/or prostheses using patient-centric outcomes relevant to Service members and Veterans with limb loss and/or limb impairment. The intent of this research is to generate clinically useful evidence that will enhance and optimize patient outcomes. Applications submitted to the FY20 OPORP must address at least one of the following Focus Areas:
- Orthoses or Prostheses Form: Optimize patient outcomes through the analysis and characterization of variables related to the form of currently available clinical options such as device size, shape, material, and/or configurations.
- Orthoses or Prostheses Fit: Optimize patient outcomes related to human-device interface through the analysis of variables in currently available clinical options that facilitate fit-related metrics such as comfort and/or usability.
- Orthoses or Prostheses Function: Optimize patient outcomes through the analysis of variables related to currently available device function such as device control, sensors, and passive or active response with respect to activities of daily living and other real-world activities.
|Award Mechanism||Eligibility||Key Mechanism Elements||Funding|
|Clinical Research Award||Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent).||
Funding Level 1
Funding Level 2
|Clinical Trial Award||Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent).||
Funding Level 1
Funding Level 2
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 and other USAMRDC extramural funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.
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 OPORP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (https://cdmrp.army.mil).
Point of Contact:
CDMRP Public Affairs
Last updated Tuesday, January 14, 2020