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

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The FY20 GWIRP Research Advancement Award supports applied research in GWI that is aimed at continued expansion and validation of markers and treatments that are supported by evidence in the GWI field. The Research Advancement Award targets the Qualification phase of the research pipeline as outlined in Section II.A.2.

Preliminary Data: Inclusion of preliminary data in the field of GWI and other supporting information is required. The project should include a well-formulated, testable hypothesis based on existing evidence in the GWI field that holds translational potential. 

Impact: Applications must articulate how results will lead to a clinical impact for Veterans with GWI even if a clinical impact is not an immediate outcome. All applications must focus on features of GWI and Veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War affected by GWI. The application should clearly and explicitly articulate the project’s potential impact on GWI.

The types of activities supported include, but are not limited to, expansion of limited data on candidate markers, mechanistic targets; therapeutics and interventions; validation and advanced research on druggable mechanistic targets, identification and development of leading compounds, and collection of preclinical data for repurposing an existing approved drug or for new Investigational New Drug (IND) application submissions to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Applicants proposing to test FDA-approved drugs in animal models for efficacy must explain why preclinical testing is required prior to clinical pilot trials in humans. 


• Required Pre-Application Deadline: May 29, 2020
• Application Submission Deadline: September 10, 2020

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Areas of Interest

Considering The Gulf War Illness Landscape and the GWIRP’s mission, all FY20 GWIRP applications must address at least one of the following overarching challenges unless adequate justification for exception is provided.* • Treatments: Eliminate the health consequences associated with GWI and revolutionize treatment • Diagnosis: Better define and diagnose GWI • Subtyping: Distinguish symptom clusters to better target treatments, identify underlying causes, and elucidate differences in severity • Determinants: Validate exposures associated with GWI and impacts on organs and systems • Consequences: Determine whether GWI is associated with greater risk for developing other disease states including neurological diseases, cancers, or other life-threatening and severely debilitating conditions • Communication: Help Veterans, their caregivers, researchers and health care providers communicate effectively about GWI, its symptoms, and potential treatments

Eligibility Requirements

Independent investigators at any academic level (or equivalent) may be named by the organization as the PI on the application. There are no limitations on the number of applications for which an investigator may be named as a PI. 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 FY20 GWIRP Research Advancement Award will not exceed $625,000. If applying under the Biorepository Contribution Option, direct costs will not exceed $645,000. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

May 29, 2020