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USAMRMC Releases FY 2015 Broad Agency Announcement

 

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
 

Summary:

On October 1, the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) released its Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for fiscal year (FY) 2015.  USAMRMC funds extramural research and development projects that provide solutions to military and civilian medical problems, enhancing medical practice and knowledge.  USAMRMC is responsible for large portions of DOD’s medical and health-related research.  The BAA, released annually, outlines USAMRMC’s research areas of interest, which are divided into nine topic areas:  

  • Military Infectious Diseases Research Program
  • Combat Casualty Care Research Program
  • Military Operational Medicine Research Program
  • Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program
  • Medical Biological Defense Research Program
  • Medical Chemical Defense Research Program
  • Medical Simulation and Information Sciences Research Program
  • Radiation Health Effects Research Program
  • Special Investment Areas/Innovation Funding
As in past years, USAMRMC continues to support military and civilian defense against infectious disease and biological threats through the Military Infectious Diseases Research Program (MIDRP) and the Medical Biological Defense Research Program (MBDRP).  This ongoing research interest complements Congress and the Administration’s current investment to combat the Ebola epidemic and to control the outbreak.  While USAMRMC will not receive additional funding to combat Ebola through the FY 2015 Continuing Resolution (CR), agency program managers are likely to prioritize infectious disease research to protect service members and civilians at home and abroad.

New to the FY 2015 BAA, USAMRMC expresses interest in translating basic and pre-clinical trauma research into clinical practice through the Combat Casualty Care Research Program (CCCRP).  Translation projects of interest include civilian single- and multi-center clinical trials to test the effectiveness and safety of military-relevant products, devices, and procedures.  CCCRP will also support large data research projects that contribute to data-driven combat causality care practices through the FY 2015 BAA.  Interested researchers should review the full BAA for details on these program areas.

Pre-Proposals/Pre-Applications:  Principal Investigators (PI) are required to submit a pre-proposal/pre-application to the newly established electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP), which  is managed by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) office, in order to receive an invitation to submit a full proposal.  Pre-proposals must explain the scientific methods and design of the project as it relates to USAMRMC’s research interests, as well as include the significance of the proposed effort, military relevance and impact, budget summary, PI biographical sketches, brief descriptions of human and animal use, and plans for translation and/or commercialization. 

Both the PI and organization must be registered with eBRAP prior to submitting a pre-proposal.  The registration process is accessible through https://eBRAP.org

Following receipt of the pre-proposal, PIs will be notified within 120 days as to whether or not they are invited to submit a full proposal.  PIs will not receive any feedback on their pre-proposals.

Full Proposals:  If invited to submit a full proposal, PIs should submit the formal application within 90 days of receipt of the invitation.  Complete application information is available in the BAA. 

Due Dates:  Pre-proposals and full proposals in response to the BAA will be accepted on a rolling basis through September 30, 2015.  If an invited proposal is submitted after September 30, 2015, it must be submitted under the FY 2016 BAA, which will be released October 1, 2015.

Total Funding and Award Size:  USAMRMC does not reveal the total amount of funding available through this BAA.  Individual award sizes vary across programs.  USAMRMC will not know the total available funds for awards through this BAA until a final defense appropriations bill is approved during the lame duck session later this year or the start of the new Congress early next.

Eligibility and Limitations:  Awards are made to organizations, including national, international, universities, for-profit, non-profit, public, and private organizations.  All individuals are eligible investigators provided they are affiliated with or employed by an eligible organization

For more information, please visit:

https://www.usamraa.army.mil/pages/Baa_Forms/index.cfm?

 
 

 

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