Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) -- Lung Cancer Research Program -- Investigator-Initiated Translational Research Award

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The FY20 LCRP Investigator-Initiated Translational Research Award mechanism supports translational research that will develop promising ideas in lung cancer into clinical applications. Translational research may be defined as an integration of basic science and clinical observations. Observations that drive a research idea may originate from a laboratory discovery, population-based studies, or a clinician’s firsthand knowledge of patient care. The ultimate goal of translational research is to move a concept or observation forward into clinical application. However, Principal Investigators (PIs) should not view translational research as a one-way continuum from bench to bedside. The research plan must involve a reciprocal flow of ideas and information between basic and clinical science. 

• Pre-Application Deadline:   May 18, 2020 (was May 6)
• Invitation to Submit an Application: June 2020
• Application Submission Deadline: July 29, 2020

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Areas of Interest

To be considered for funding, applications for the LCRP Investigator-Initiated Translational Research Award must address at least one of the nine Areas of Emphasis listed below: 

  • Identify innovative strategies for prevention of the occurrence of lung cancer.
  • Identify innovative strategies for the screening and early detection of lung cancer.
  • Understand the molecular mechanisms of initiation and progression to lung cancer.
  • Understand contributors to lung cancer development other than tobacco. 
  • Identify innovative strategies for the treatment of lung cancer.
  • Identify innovative strategies for the prevention of recurrence of or metastases from lung cancer.
  • Develop or optimize prognostic or predictive markers to assist with therapeutic decisionmaking.
  • Understand mechanisms of resistance to treatment (primary and secondary).
  • Identify innovative strategies for lung cancer care delivery (disparities/clinical management/ surveillance/symptom management). 

Eligibility Requirements

PIs must be at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent).



Amount Description

The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY20 LCRP Investigator-Initiated Translational Research Award will not exceed $400,000. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information. 

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

May 18, 2020