Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) -- Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) -- Idea Award with Special Focus

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The FY19 PRCRP Idea Award with Special Focus supports innovative, untested, high-risk/ potentially high-reward concepts, theories, paradigms, and/or methods in cancer research that are relevant to active duty Service members, Veterans, other military beneficiaries, and the American public. The “Special Focus” of this award mechanism is on exposures, conditions, or circumstances that are unique to the military, disproportionately represented in a military beneficiary population, or may affect force readiness. Cancers or circumstances with cancer risk that may affect the Service members’ support system (military families) are of special importance for total mission readiness. The advancement of knowledge in cancer research, patient care, and/or treatment options in the Military Health System (MHS) is critical to active duty Service members, Veterans, other military beneficiaries, and the American public. Relevance to military health should be articulated with respect to the overall MHS, the FY19 PRCRP Military Health Focus Areas in Section II.A.2, and the mission of the DHP and the FY19 PRCRP. 

Deadlines:
• Pre-Application Deadline: May 22, 2019
• Invitation to Submit an Application: June 2019
• Application Submission Deadline: September 11, 2019

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

To be considered for funding, applications for the FY19 PRCRP Idea Award with Special Focus must address at least one of the FY19 PRCRP Topic Areas as directed by Congress. Research applications in the areas of breast, prostate, lung (excluding mesothelioma), kidney, melanoma, or ovarian cancer will not be accepted. The FY19 PRCRP Topic Areas are listed below. • Bladder cancer • Blood cancers • Brain cancer • Cancer in children, adolescents, and young adults1 • Colorectal cancer • Immunotherapy2 • Listeria vaccine for cancer • Liver cancer • Lymphoma • Mesothelioma • Neuroblastoma • Pancreatic cancer • Pediatric brain tumors • Rare cancers3 • Stomach cancer 

New for FY19: Studies involving melanoma (including rare subtypes of melanoma) should apply to the new FY19 Melanoma Research Program. Studies involving other skin cancers will be accepted by the PRCRP under an appropriate FY19 PRCRP Topic Area (i.e., immunotherapy).

In addition to addressing at least one of the required FY19 PRCRP Topic Areas, applications for the FY19 PRCRP Idea Award with Special Focus must also address at least one of the FY19 PRCRP Military Health Focus Areas. Relevance to military health in medical research focuses on critical issues or gaps in biomedical knowledge that may affect the health and well-being of the military. 

It is central to the vision and mission of the PRCRP that applications address how the proposed research is related to military health, mission readiness, and the cancer health needs of both deployed and non-deployed military personnel, their dependents, Veterans, and other military beneficiaries (i.e., family members of retirees). The FY19 PRCRP requires all applications answer at least one of the Military Health Focus Areas listed below:

• Environmental/exposure risk factors associated with cancer

• Gaps in cancer prevention, early detection/diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and/or survivorship that may affect the general population but have a particularly profound impact on the health and well-being of military Service members, Veterans, and their beneficiaries

Eligibility Requirements

To be named as the PI on application, the PI must have a faculty-level appointment or (equivalent). An investigator may be named as the PI on only one FY19 PRCRP Idea Award with Special Focus pre-application. An eligible PI, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, or citizenship status, must be employed by, or affiliated with, an eligible organization.

Amount

$400,000

Amount Description

The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY19 PRCRP Idea Award with Special Focus will not exceed $400,000. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information.

Funding Type

Award
Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

May 22, 2019