Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) -- Gulf War Illness Research Program -- Biorepository Resource Network Award

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The Biorepository Resource Network Award (BRNA) is being offered for the first time in FY17.

The FY17 GWIRP BRNA is intended to provide infrastructure support for the development of a GWI biorepository comprised of a network of institutions that will collect, process, annotate, store, and distribute high-quality biospecimens and data from Veterans of the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War. In addition to biospecimens, this biorepository is intended to house biological data from previous studies (e.g., imaging or -omics data without specimens attached). The development of the biorepository resource network will enable the GWI research community to conduct research that will address the mission of the GWIRP.

Institutions must demonstrate a commitment to secure additional funds and/or operating arrangements from other agencies or funding sources to continue operations of the proposed biorepository after the end of the GWIRP award performance period.

Investigators with experience and expertise in human biospecimen procurement, annotation, storage, and distribution and in developing and operating a biospecimen repository are encouraged to apply. Institutions must demonstrate access to Gulf War Veterans, Gulf War Veteran samples, and/or Gulf War Veteran data from previous studies.


• Pre-Application Deadline:  June 30, 2017
• Invitation to Submit an Application: August 2017
• Application Submission Deadline: September 21, 2017

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Eligibility Requirements

Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent) are eligible to apply. An eligible PI, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, or citizenship status, must be employed by, or affiliated with, an eligible organization.



Amount Description

The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY17 GWIRP BRNA will not exceed $2,500,000. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information. 

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

June 30, 2017