Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) -- Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program -- Focused Program Award

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The PRMRP Focused Program Award mechanism is intended to optimize research and accelerate solutions to a critical question related to at least one of the Congressionally directed FY19 PRMRP Topic Areas through a synergistic, multidisciplinary research program.

 Focused Program Award applications must describe a unifying, overarching challenge that will be addressed by a set of research projects. The overarching challenge must be relevant to a critical problem or question in the field of research and/or patient care in at least one of the FY19 PRMRP Topic Areas. 

Applications shall include multiple, distinct research projects led by individual project leaders that address complementary aspects of the overarching challenge. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a minimum of four research projects; additional studies are allowed. While individual projects must be capable of standing on their own high scientific merits, they must also be interrelated and synergistic with the other proposed projects and advance a solution beyond what would be possible through individual efforts. The exploration of multiple hypotheses or viewpoints of the same line of questioning is encouraged. This award mechanism is not intended to support a series of research projects that are dependent on the success of any other project. Each project should propose a unique approach to addressing the overarching challenge and be capable of producing research findings with potential to impact the field and/or patient care. Individual research projects may range from exploratory, hypothesis-developing studies through small-scale clinical trials (i.e., up to and including Phase II or equivalent). There should be a clear intent to progress toward translational/ clinical work over the course of the effort.

• Required Pre-Application Deadline:  March 14, 2019
• Invitation to Submit an Application: April 2019
• Application Submission Deadline:  July 2, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

The PI must be an independent investigator at or above the level of Full Professor (or equivalent). Project leaders for each of the complementary and synergistic research projects 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 FY19 PRMRP Focused Program Award will not exceed $7.2M. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information. 

Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

March 14, 2019