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CDMRP PRMRP Focused Program Award

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Agencies, IHEs, Nonprofits,
and For-Profits for Medical Research Related to Military Health

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U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) - U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA)

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08/26/21 5:00 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International government agencies, academic institutions, foundations, biotechnology companies, and other organizations for medical research projects related to military health. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to enhance the well-being, health, and care of all military Service Members, Veterans, and beneficiaries by optimizing research and accelerating solutions to critical research-related questions.

The mission of the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) is to encourage, identify, select, and manage medical research projects of clear scientific merit and direct relevance to military health. The PRMRP challenges the scientific and clinical communities to address the FY21 PRMRP Topic Areas with original ideas that foster new directions along the entire spectrum of research and patient care. The program seeks applications in laboratory, clinical, behavioral, epidemiological, and other areas of research to advance knowledge in disease etiology; improve prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for those affected by a relevant disease or condition; and develop and validate clinical practice or public health guidelines. The proposed research must be relevant to active-duty Service Members, Veterans, military beneficiaries, and/or the American public.

All applications for PRMRP funding must specifically address at least one of the Topic Areas as directed by Congress and must be of clear scientific merit and direct relevance to military health. The FY21 PRMRP Topic Areas are listed in the Program Announcement:

Applicants should select the FY21 PRMRP program announcement most appropriate to the stage of the proposed research. Areas of Encouragement related to the FY21 PRMRP Topic Areas have been identified by the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other relevant stakeholders ( Applicants are strongly urged to read and consider these Areas of Encouragement before preparing their applications. The information provided is not exhaustive, and applicants are not restricted to submitting applications that address an Area of Encouragement on this list.

The PRMRP Focused Program Award is intended to optimize research and accelerate solutions to a critical question related to at least one of the Congressionally directed FY21 PRMRP Topic Areas through a synergistic, multidisciplinary research program.

For information about the key aspects of this award, see here:

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GrantWatch ID#: 195330

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The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance will not exceed $7.2M.

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The maximum period of performance is 4 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

Organization: All organizations, including foreign organizations, foreign public entities, and international organizations, are eligible to apply.

- Government Agencies Within the United States: Local, state, and federal government agencies are eligible to the extent that applications do not overlap with their fully funded internal programs. Such agencies are required to explain how their applications do not overlap with their internal programs.

As applications for this program announcement may be submitted by extramural and intramural organizations, these terms are defined below.

- Extramural Organization: An eligible non-DOD organization. Examples of extramural organizations include academic institutions, biotechnology companies, foundations, federal government organization other than the DOD, and research institutes.

- Intramural DOD Organization: A DOD laboratory, DOD military treatment facility, and/or DOD activity embedded within a civilian medical center. Intramural Submission: Application submitted by a DOD organization for an intramural investigator working within a DOD laboratory or military treatment facility or in a DOD activity embedded within a civilian medical center.

USAMRAA makes awards to eligible organizations, not to individuals.

Principal Investigator: The PI named by the organization on the application must be an independent investigator at or above the level of Full Professor (or equivalent).

- Project leaders for each of the complementary and synergistic research projects must be at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent).

- The PI is required to devote a minimum of 20% effort to this award.

An eligible PI, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, or citizenship status, must be employed by, or affiliated with, an eligible organization.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission and Review Dates and Times:
- Pre-Application Submission Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (ET), May 13, 2021
- Invitation to Submit an Application: June 2021
- Application Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m. ET, August 26, 2021
- Peer Review: October 2021
- Programmatic Review: December 2021

Awards supported with FY21 funds are anticipated to be made no later than September 30, 2022.

Application Review and Selection Process:
All applications are evaluated by scientists, clinicians, and consumers in a two-tier review process. The first tier is peer review, the evaluation of applications against established criteria to determine technical merit, where each application is assessed for its own merit, independent of other applications. The second tier is programmatic review, a comparison-based process in which applications with high scientific and technical merit are further evaluated for programmatic relevance. Final recommendations for funding are made to the Commanding General, USAMRDC, on behalf of the DHA and the OASD(HA). The highest-scoring applications from the first tier of review are not automatically recommended for funding.

Applicant organizations and all sub-recipient organizations must have a DUNS number to submit applications to The applicant organization must also be registered in the Entity Management functional area of the SAM with an “Active” status to submit applications through the portal. Verify the status of the applicant organization’s Entity registration in SAM well in advance of the application submission deadline. Allow several weeks to complete the entire SAM registration process.

Announcement of Transition to SAM-Generated Unique Entity Identifier (UEI): Through April 2022, a transition from DUNS to the SAM-generated UEI will occur. Refer to the General Application Instructions, Section III.1, DUNS Number, for more information on the transition and timing:

The CDMRP encourages all PIs to participate in a digital identifier initiative through Open Researcher and Contributor ID, Inc. (ORCID). Registration for a unique ORCID identifier can be done online at


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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