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Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs -- Joint Program Committee-8/Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program -- Hearing and Balance Research Award
The FY17 JPC-8/CRMRP Hearing and Balance Research Award is intended to provide support for research of exceptional scientific merit that has the potential to make a significant impact on improving the function, wellness, and overall quality of life for injured military Service members, Veterans, their caregivers and family members, and the American public. To address Sensory Systems Requirements as defined in the CRMRP Initial Capabilities Document and the Combat Casualty Care Research Program Capability Based Assessment, the Hearing and Balance Research Award Programmatic Panel identified the following four major Capability Gaps for FY17.
The FY17 JPC-8/CRMRP Hearing and Balance Research Award is intended to support translational preclinical research, observational studies, and early-stage clinical trials addressing auditory and vestibular dysfunction associated with military service. The intent of the award is to advance treatment/assessment strategies and evidence-based practice to optimize the rehabilitation of vestibular and hearing dysfunction resulting from military service-related injuries. Ultimately, the goal is to develop and transition knowledge and materiel products to restore Service member’s form, function, and quality of life, benefitting Service members, Veterans, their caregivers and family members, and the American public.
• Pre-Application Deadline: December 12, 2016
• Invitation to Submit an Application: January 20, 2017
• Application Submission Deadline: March 29, 2016
Areas of Interest
To meet the intent of the award mechanism, all applications must specifically address one or more of the FY17 JPC-8/CRMRP Hearing and Balance Research Award Capability Gaps listed below. Applications proposing research outside of these Capability Gaps should not be submitted in response to this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity. (Note: Capability gaps are not listed in priority order.)
• Lack of knowledge of the prevalence, incidence, natural history, occupational and gender-related differences of tinnitus and its possible relation to individual blast/noise exposure
• Lack of standardized metrics for hearing and/or vestibular assessment and monitoring in clinical and operational environments
• Lack of understanding of the primary/secondary (e.g., mechanical/injury progression) effects of blast exposure leading to the neuronal dysfunction of auditory and/or vestibular systems
• Lack of knowledge and effective strategies and products for hearing and/or vestibular restoration
• Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent) are eligible to submit an application. • Cost sharing/matching is not an eligibility requirement. • Eligible investigators must apply through an organization. Organizations eligible to apply include Federal agencies, national, international, for-profit, nonprofit, public, and private organizations. • An intramural investigator is defined as a DoD military or civilian employee working within a DoD laboratory or military treatment facility, or working in a DoD activity embedded within a civilian medical center. Submissions from intramural (DoD) organizations are allowed and encouraged for this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity. Applicants submitting through their intramural organizations are reminded to coordinate receipt and commitment of funds through their respective resource managers. If an investigator at an intramural organization is named as a collaborator on an application submitted through an extramural organization, the application must include a letter from the collaborator’s Commander or Commanding Officer at the intramural organization that authorizes the collaborator’s involvement. • Refer to the General Application Instructions, Appendix 1, for general eligibility information.
The requested funding should be based on the type of research proposed. Investigators are highly encouraged to submit budgets appropriate to the scope of work proposed. This will be evaluated and scored at peer review. The below funding levels are listed as maximums. Note: all awards will be fully funded with FY17 dollars (contingent upon funding availability).
Research Level 1 - Translational Preclinical Research: • The maximum period of performance is 3 years. • The anticipated total costs (direct and indirect) budgeted for the entire period of performance will not exceed $2 million (M). Indirect costs are to be budgeted in accordance with the organization’s negotiated rate. No budget will be approved by the Government exceeding $2M total costs or using an indirect rate exceeding the organization’s negotiated rate.
Research Level 2 – Observational Studies or Clinical Trials: • The maximum period of performance is 4 years. • The anticipated total costs (direct and indirect) budgeted for the entire period of performance will not exceed $4M. Indirect costs are to be budgeted in accordance with the organization’s negotiated rate. No budget will be approved by the Government exceeding $4M total costs or using an indirect rate exceeding the organization’s negotiated rate.
Both Funding Levels: • All direct and indirect costs of any subaward subcontract must be included in the total direct costs of the primary award. • The applicant may request the entire maximum funding amount for a project that may have a period of performance less than the maximum allowable period of performance for the selected funding level.