Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs -- Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program -- Quality of Life Research Award

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The intent of the FY18 PRARP QUAL is to support preclinical, basic, epidemiological, or quality-of-life research to alleviate or characterize the common symptoms of TBI and AD/ADRD related to the PRARP’s mission (see Section II.A, Program Description). The research impact for the FY18 PRARP QUAL is expected to benefit the military, Veteran, and civilian communities.

The FY18 PRARP QUAL is open to eligible applicants whose named Principal Investigators (PIs) are at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent) from any field or discipline. The application should demonstrate the study team’s experience in both TBI and AD/ADRD research. Preliminary data, while not required, are encouraged. Preliminary data may come from the PI’s published work, pilot data, or from peer-reviewed literature.


  • REQUIRED Pre-application Submission Deadline:  September 20, 2018
  • Full Application Submission Deadline:  October 4, 2018

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

  • Biomarkers: Development of strategies to diagnose, prognose, or characterize neurological changes or risk factors associated with TBI and subsequent AD/ADRD (e.g., fluid-based, imaging-based, physiological, and omics techniques for biomarkers).
  • Quality of Life: Research intended to alleviate, stabilize, or characterize the symptoms, or deficits, common to TBI, AD, and ADRD. Examples of research in this Focus Area include identification and management of comorbidities and modifiable risk factors (e.g., sleep apnea, obesity), cognitive training interventions, studies of health and wellness and behavioral interventions.
  • Caregiver Support: Research intended to enhance the role of the caregiver for individuals living with the common symptoms or deficits of TBI and AD/ADRD. Examples of research in this Focus Area include caregiver training, home-based support, behavioral interventions, and relationship interventions.
  • Epidemiological Research: Research focusing on the incidence, distribution, and other factors relating to the health of individuals affected by TBI and subsequent AD/ADRD.
  • Nonpharmacological Interventions: Research into non-medication-based interventions to improve quality of life or caregiving for those living with AD/ADRD.


Eligibility Requirements

The PI must be at or above the level of an assistant professor (or equivalent). 



Amount Description

The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY18 PRARP QUAL will not exceed $500,000. The maximum period of performance is 3 years. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information. 

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

September 20, 2018