Released: February 8, 2021
Defense Health Program
Department of Defense Tick-Borne Disease Research Program
Anticipated Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21)
The FY21 Defense Appropriations Act provides funding to the Department of Defense Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) to support innovative, high-impact tick-borne disease research. 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 TBDRP 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 TBDRP 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.
Applicants to the FY21 TBDRP funding opportunities should be relevant to one or more of the following Focus Areas; however an application that proposes research outside of these Focus Areas is acceptable, as long as the applicant provides strong justification. Applicants are particularly encouraged to submit applications addressing the Diagnosis and Treatment Focus Areas.
- Development of direct detection diagnostic assay for agents of Lyme and/or other tick-borne diseases (TBDs).
- Diagnostic biomarker panel for Lyme disease and/or other TBDs that distinguishes tick-borne (TB) infection from other febrile illnesses.
- Approaches capable of distinguishing active infection and previous exposure, and/or monitoring response to treatment.
- Innovative approaches that provide diagnosis for a single or multiple TB infections.
- Novel therapeutic strategies for acute and persistent TBDs.
- Potential treatments designed to mitigate development of long-term sequelae following infection with bacterial, parasitic, or viral TB agents.
- Translational approaches that bridge basic biology to the development of potential treatments.
- Drugs, antibodies, vaccines, or other novel approaches that can be administered and/or utilized prophylactically to prevent human TBD.
- Identification, validation, and/or improvement of tick- or reservoir-targeted prevention and control interventions that are safe and non-toxic to non-target species.
- Understanding the ecology of understudied TBD vectors and reservoirs with emphasis on how it relates to human risk.
- Pathogenesis of persistent clinical manifestations associated with Lyme disease.
- Immune evasion and/or tolerance of TB pathogens (Lyme and/or other TBDs).
- Effects of tick sialome on human infection, immune response, disease progression, and pathogen dissemination.
- TB infections and co-infections (simultaneous or sequential) and their effects on human disease severity, the local and systemic immune response, or pathogen synergy and competition.
- Pathogenesis of mammalian meat allergy (allergic response to galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose (alpha-gal)).
- Understanding the potential role of maternal-fetal transmission and the ability to prevent TBDs by this mode of transmission.
|Award Mechanism||Eligibility||Key Mechanism Elements||Funding|
|Career Development Award||
Principal Investigator (PI):
Investigators within 10 years of completing terminal degree (excluding time in medical residency or on family medical leave) at the time of application submission, working to become independent investigators who exhibit a strong desire to pursue careers in TBD research; time spent as a postdoctoral fellow is not excluded
Mentor: Independent investigators at or above the level of Associate Professor (or equivalent); must be an experienced TBD researcher as demonstrated by a recent (last 5 years) history of funding and publications in TBD research, specifically in the field (pathogen and associated methods) of the proposed studies.
The PI and Mentor may be at different organizations.
|Idea Development Award||Independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent).||
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 TBDRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (https://cdmrp.army.mil).
Point of Contact:
CDMRP Public Affairs
Last updated Monday, February 8, 2021