Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) are funded through the US Department of Defense (DoD). The CDMRP fills research gaps by funding high impact, high risk and high gain projects that other agencies may not venture to fund.
While individual programs are unique in their focus, all of the programs managed by the CDMRP share the common goal of advancing paradigm shifting research, solutions that will lead to cures or improvements in patient care, or breakthrough technologies and resources for clinical benefit.
Since its inception in 1992, the CDMRP has awarded USD$15.9 Billion in research funding and between 1992 and 2020 had awarded a total of 18,662 grants/contracts.
The program solicits and encourages applications from international institutions.
2021 Funding Opportunities
The CDMRP announced grant opportunities which may be available in 2021. Information has been provided for each program to allow investigators time to plan and develop their applications. Possible grant opportunities are:
- Alcohol and Substance Abuse Research Program
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Program - Closed for 2021
- Autism Research Program - Closed for 2021
- Bone Marrow Failure Research Program OPEN - Closes 9 July 2021
- Breast Cancer Research Program - OPEN - Closes 24 June & 31 August 2021
- Chronic Pain Management Research Program
- Combat Readiness Medical Research Program
- Defense Medical Research and Development
- Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program
- Epilepsy Research Program OPEN - Closes on 14 June 2021
- Gulf War Illness Research Program Closed for 2021
- Hearing Restoration Research Program
- Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program
- Kidney Cancer Research Program OPEN - Closes 15 June & 22 June 2021
- Lung Cancer Research Program OPEN - Closes 14 July 2021
- Lupus Research Program OPEN - Closes 24 August 2021
- Melanoma Research Program
- Military Burn Research Program OPEN - Closes 8 June 2021
- Multiple Sclerosis Research Program
- Neurofibromatosis Research Program OPEN - Closes 8 July 2021
- Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Parkinson's Research Program
- Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program - OPEN Closes 15 July 2021
- Ovarian Cancer Research Program OPEN - Closes 24 June 2021
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Peer Reviewed Alzheimer's Research Program OPEN - Closes 14 June 2021
- Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program
- Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program OPEN - Closes 13 May 2021
- Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program OPEN - Closes 27 May 2021
- Prostate Cancer OPEN - Closes 17 Jun 2021, 15 July 2021 & 2 September 2021
- Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury
- Rare Cancers Research Program
- Reconstructive Transplant Research Program
- Scleroderma Research Program
- Spinal Cord Injury Research Program OPEN - Closes 24 May 2021
- Tick-Borne Disease Research Program OPEN - Closes 26 May 2021
- Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program OPEN - Closes 17 June 2021
- Vision Research Program
Download an overview document (PDF) of the above programs.
How to Apply
The submission process for CDMRP opportunities varies slightly depending on the program/award so it is always important to visit the CDMRP website to check what is required. Generally however, applicants should be aware of the following steps
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to notify the Research office of your intent to apply. Our office will let you know what internal deadlines apply and what internal submission procedures you need to follow (these may change depending on the Research program requirements)
- Register for an eBRAP account as a Principal Investigator (PI). You must request to be affiliated with an organisation - The University of Newcastle
- Submit a pre-application in eBRAP. There are 2 types of pre-applications depending on award mechanism, a Letter of Intent or a pre-proposal. Pre-application submission is MANDATORY and must be ON TIME
- Submit Full Application in Grants.gov
- Verify Application in eBRAP
More information, links to eBRAP and an application flowchart are available on the CDMRP website.
CDMRP Webinar Series
Additional information about applying to CDMRP programs, as well as tips for successfully preparing applications for different types of CDMRP award mechanisms, are available in the CDMRP Webinar Series.
In December 2017, Dr Dan Rhon a retired military officer and clinician, active researcher within the US Department of Defense, and Assistant Professor at Baylor University in Texas who has previously been successful in obtaining CDMRP funding, gave a presentation at UON. The presentation gives an overview of the CDMRP and the Research Programs available.
A recording of the presentation is available here. Use password KH412 to access.
If you have any questions, or need assistance with the application processes for CDMRP opportunities, please contact email@example.com
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