Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) -- Gulf War Illness Research Program -- Gulf War Illness Epidemiology Research Award

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The purpose of this award is to support population-based research to obtain a better understanding of mortality, morbidity, and symptomatology over time in Veterans deployed in the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War and afflicted by GWI. While individual symptoms experienced by ill Gulf War Veterans can vary from person to person, the types of symptoms reported are comparable and typically include some combination of widespread pain and headaches, fatigue, cognitive impairment, gastrointestinal symptoms, and skin abnormalities. GWI case definitions published to date may be improved through the consideration of additional epidemiological data describing symptom onset, duration, severity, and laboratory findings. The Gulf War Illness Epidemiology Research Award supports hypothesis-driven or discovery-based research into mortality, morbidity, and symptomatology and/or how these have changed or progressed over time in the Gulf War Veteran population compared to rates and patterns of change with time in appropriate control populations. 


• Pre-Application Deadline:July 15, 2016
• Invitation to Submit an Application: August 2016
• Application Submission Deadline: October 20, 2016

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Areas of Interest

Topic areas of interest under the Gulf War Illness Epidemiology Research Award include but are not limited to:
• Mortality (rate and causes)
• Descriptors of symptomatology (e.g., duration, frequency, severity, etc.) and changes to those associated with GWI
• Clinical diagnoses and laboratory findings
• Symptom clustering and subgrouping
• Gender and racial differences

Eligibility Requirements

• Independent investigators at any academic level (or equivalent) are eligible to apply
• Cost sharing/matching is not an eligibility requirement.
• Eligible investigators must apply through an organization. Organizations eligible to apply include national, international, for-profit, nonprofit, public, and private organizations.
• Refer to the General Application Instructions, Appendix 1, for general eligibility information.



Amount Description

• The maximum period of performance is 4 years.
• The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance will not exceed $975,000. Associated indirect costs can be budgeted in accordance with the organization’s negotiated rate. No budget will be approved by the Government exceeding $975,000 direct costs or using an indirect rate exceeding the organization’s negotiated rate.
• All direct and indirect costs of any subaward (subgrant or subcontract) must be included in the total direct costs of the primary award.
• The applicant may request the entire maximum funding amount for a project that may have a period of performance less than the maximum 4 years.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

July 15, 2016