Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs -- Prostate Cancer Research Program -- Dr. Barbara Terry-Koroma Health Disparity Research Award

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The Health Disparity Research Award supports promising research ideas that have high potential to make a significant impact in eliminating disparities in prostate cancer incidence, morbidity, mortality, and survivorship.  

• Required Pre-Application Deadline:  June 27, 2019
• Application Submission Deadline: July 18, 2019

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Areas of Interest

The mission of the FY19 PCRP is to fund research that will lead to the elimination of death from prostate cancer and enhance the well-being of Service members, Veterans, and all the men and their families who are experiencing the impact of the disease. Within this context, the PCRP is interested in supporting research that addresses specific gaps in prostate cancer research and clinical care. Therefore, applications are required to address one or more of the following FY19 PCRP Overarching Challenges:

• Improve the quality of life for survivors of prostate cancer

• Develop treatments that improve outcomes for men with lethal prostate cancer

• Reduce lethal prostate cancer in African Americans, Veterans, and other high-risk populations

• Define the biology of lethal prostate cancer to reduce death

Eligibility Requirements

Although a PI may be eligible for both the Established Investigator and New Investigator categories, only one category may be chosen; the choice of application category is at the applicant’s discretion.

Established Investigator

  • The PI must be an independent investigator at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent).

New Investigator: By the application submission deadline, the PI must have:

○ The freedom to pursue independent research goals without formal mentorship; ○ Not previously received a PCRP Health Disparity Research Award and/or Idea Development Award;

○ The PI must be an independent, early-career investigator within 10 years after completion of his/her terminal degree by the time of the application submission deadline (excluding time spent in residency or on family medical leave). Time spent as a postdoctoral fellow is not excluded. Lapses in research time or appointments as denoted in the biographical sketch may be articulated in the application.

○ New Investigators working under another investigator are eligible to apply for this award provided they can demonstrate that they have the freedom to pursue independent research goals without formal mentorship. Graduate students and junior postdoctoral fellows (i.e., fellows with less than 3 years of postdoctoral training by the application submission deadline) are not eligible to apply as a New Investigator.



Amount Description

The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY19 PCRP Health Disparity Research Award will not exceed $600,000 for an award under the New Investigator category or $750,000 for an award under the Established Investigator category. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


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

External Deadline

June 27, 2019