DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - CONGRESSIONALLY DIRECTED MEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAMS

NEWS RELEASE

Released: January 27, 2021

Defense Health Program
Department of Defense Gulf War Illness Research Program
Anticipated Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21)

The FY21 Defense Appropriations Act provides funding to the Department of Defense Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP) to support research addressing Gulf War Illness treatment, diagnosis and pathobiology underlying symptoms of disease. 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 Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC).

The GWIRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY21 funding opportunities. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government. The FY21 GWIRP 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.

Applications submitted to the FY21 GWIRP must address one or more of the following overarching challenges:

  • Treatments: Eliminate the health consequences associated with Gulf War Illness (GWI) and/or revolutionize treatment.
  • Diagnosis: Better define and diagnose GWI.
  • Subtyping: Distinguish subtypes to better target treatments; or monitor therapy; or identify severity of GWI; or why GWI is worse for some Veterans than for others.
  • Determinants: Identify and validate determinants of GWI, latency, and impacts on organs and systems.
  • Consequences: Determine whether GWI alters risk for developing neurological conditions, cancers, or other serious conditions; or whether GWI alters outcomes of other infections/diseases.
  • Communicate & Educate: Help Veterans, their caregivers, and clinicians communicate effectively about GWI, its symptoms, and potential treatments.
Award Mechanism PI Eligibility Key Mechanism Elements Funding
Idea Award Independent investigators at all academic levels.
  • Supports high-risk/high-reward research in the earliest stages of development that will contribute to markers or treatments for GWI.
  • Emphasis is on impact and innovation; applications must articulate the pathway to making a clinical impact for Veterans with GWI, even if a clinical impact is not an immediate outcome.
  • Preliminary data are not required.
  • Biorepository Contribution Option supports additional costs associated with submission of samples and data to the GWIRP-supported Boston Biorepository, Recruitment, and Integrative Network (BBRAIN).
  • Clinical trials are not allowed.
  • Pre-application is required; full application submission is by invitation only.
  • Maximum funding of $200,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
  • Biorepository Contribution Option: Additional direct costs up to $20,000.
  • Maximum period of performance is years.
Research Advancement Award Independent investigators at all academic levels.
  • Supports applied research in GWI aimed at continued expansion and validation of markers and treatments already supported by evidence in the GWI field.
  • Preliminary data and/or strong rationale are required.
  • Biorepository Contribution Option supports additional costs associated with submission of samples and data to the GWIRP-supported BBRAIN.
  • Clinical trials are not allowed.
  • Pre-application is required; full application submission is by invitation only.
  • Maximum funding of $600,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
  • Biorepository Contribution Option: Additional direct costs up to $20,000.
  • Maximum period of performance is 3 years.
Clinical Evaluation Award Independent investigators at all academic levels.
  • Supports small, proof-of-concept trials (pilot, first–in-human, Phase I-IIa), clinical trials, or larger statistically powered biomarker trials with the potential to have a significant impact on GWI.
  • Preliminary data are required.
  • Biorepository Contribution Option supports additional costs associated with submission of samples and data to the GWIRP-supported BBRAIN.
  • Clinical Consortium Collaboration Option supports additional costs associated with collaboration with the Gulf War Illness Clinical Trials and Interventions Consortium (GWICTIC).
  • Pre-application is required; full application submission is by invitation only.
  • Maximum funding of $1,500,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
  • Biorepository Contribution Option: Additional direct costs up to $20,000.
  • Clinical Consortium Collaboration Option: Additional direct costs up to $200,000.
  • Maximum period of performance is 3 years.
Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award Independent investigators at all academic levels.
  • Supports large-scale, pivotal (Phase IIb or III) trials that revolutionize the clinical management of GWI.
  • Objective pharmacodynamic biomarkers to measure the biological effect of an investigational therapeutic or predictive/cohort-selective biomarkers that indicate whether a specific therapy will be effective in Veterans with GWI must be included in the trial design.
  • Substantial preliminary data in a GWI veteran population required.
  • Investigators must have experience in successfully leading large-scale projects and demonstrated the ability to implement a clinical project successfully.
  • Biorepository Contribution Option supports additional costs associated with submission of samples and data to the GWIRP-supported BBRAIN.
  • Clinical Consortium Collaboration Option supports additional costs associated with collaboration with the GWIRP-supported GWICTIC.
  • Funding must be used to support a clinical trial.
  • Pre-application is required; full application submission is by invitation only.
  • Maximum funding of $5,000,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
  • Biorepository Contribution Option: Additional direct costs up to $20,000.
  • Clinical Consortium Collaboration Option: Additional direct costs up to $500,000.
  • Maximum period of performance is 3 years.
New Investigator Award Transitioning Postdoctoral Fellow: Senior postdoctoral fellows with at least 3 years of postdoctoral training.

Early-Career Investigator: Independent investigators within 5 years of last training position.

New GWI Researcher: Established independent investigators who have received less than $300,000 in federally funded, non-mentored GWI research.

  • Encourages applications from early-stage and established investigators new to the field of GWI research.
  • Previous experience in GWI research is not required; however, collaborations with experienced GWI researchers is strongly encouraged.
  • Preliminary data are not required.
  • Biorepository Contribution Option supports additional costs associated with submission of samples and data to the GWIRP-supported BBRAIN.
  • Clinical trials are not allowed.
  • Pre-application is required; full application submission is by invitation only.
  • Maximum funding of $500,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
  • Biorepository Contribution Option: Additional direct costs up to $20,000.
  • The maximum period of performance is 3 years.

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 GWIRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (https://cdmrp.army.mil).

Point of Contact:

CDMRP Public Affairs
301-619-9783
usarmy.detrick.medcom-cdmrp.mbx.cdmrp-public-affairs@mail.mil


Last updated Wednesday, January 27, 2021