Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs -- Prostate Cancer Research Program -- Synergistic Population and Data Science Award

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The Synergistic Population and Data Science Award mechanism supports multi-institutional partnerships that will leverage existing prostate cancer patient datasets or cohorts to answer questions that will make a significant impact in addressing the FY19 PCRP Overarching Challenges. Thus, applications must be responsive to at least one of the FY19 PCRP Overarching Challenges. The award is intended to support both the development of infrastructure to facilitate access to multiple datasets/cohorts by a team of investigators, as well as conducting hypothesis-based studies utilizing the multi-institutional datasets. To qualify for this mechanism, a minimum of three institutions and three well-annotated patient datasets/cohorts is required.

Synergistic Research Team: The Synergistic Population and Data Science Award mechanism requires the collaboration of a minimum of three Principal Investigators (PIs) at three or more institutions or organizations. One PI will be identified as the Initiating PI and will be responsible for the majority of the administrative tasks associated with application submission. The other PIs will be identified as Partnering PIs. Initiating and Partnering PIs each have different submission requirements, as described in Section II.D.2, Content and Form of the Application Submission; however, all PIs should contribute significantly to the development of the proposed research project, including the Project Narrative, Statement of Work, and other required components. If recommended for funding, each PI will be named to an individual award within the recipient organization.  

• 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

Independent investigators with a faculty-level appointment (or equivalent) are eligible to be named as Initiating PI or Partnering PI.



Amount Description

The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY19 PCRP SPDSA will not exceed $1,500,000. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information.

Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 27, 2019