Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs -- Chronic Pain Management Research Program -- Translational Research Award

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The intent of the FY19 CPMRP TRA is to support translational research that will accelerate the movement of evidence-based ideas in chronic pain management research into clinical applications, including healthcare products, technologies, and/or clinical practice guidelines. TRA applications should explain how the proposed work will inform the development, refinement, and/or revision of existing standards of care, recommendations, or guidelines for managing chronic pain. Studies seeking to develop novel pharmacological therapies or nonpharmacological approaches that consist entirely of a clinical trial do not meet the intent of the award mechanism. Clinical trials evaluating opioid-based therapeutic interventions are not allowed.


  • Pre-Application Deadline:   Sep. 13, 2019
  • Invitation to Submit an Application: Oct. 2019
  • Application Submission Deadline:  Dec. 6, 2019

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Areas of Interest

To meet the intent of the award mechanism, applications must address one or both of the following FY19 CPMRP Translational Research Award (TRA) Focus Areas. Selection of the appropriate Focus Area is the responsibility of the applicant. Research proposed should focus on established therapies only.

• Implementation Science (for evidence-based, efficacious interventions to manage chronic pain) o Unique barriers in military populations and environments, including at-risk subpopulations o Self-management and service-of-care models

• Comparative Effectiveness o Multimodal and combination therapies o Pain and its co-morbidities o Incorporation of a biopsychosocial model of assessment that includes pain interference in emotional and physical functioning

Additionally, the incorporation of pain informatics, pragmatic approaches, and patient expectations, preference, and goals of treatment at point of care in research approaches is encouraged.

Eligibility Requirements

Investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent) may be named by the organization as the PI on the application. 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 FY19 CPMRP TRA will not exceed $1.40M. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information. 

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

September 13, 2019