Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs -- Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program -- Peer Support Program Translational Research Award

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The FY17 JPC-5/MOMRP PH/TBIRP Peer Support Program (PSP) Translational Research Award Funding Opportunity seeks applications to support examinations of efficacy and effectiveness of peer-to-peer support interventions to translate and integrate content into the everyday routines of SMs to enhance psychological health readiness and mitigate negative behavioral health issues including suicide behaviors. 

Applications should focus on research to evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of peer support programs that could be implemented in the military. Such interventions should leverage public health paradigms such as the socialecological model, behavior change theory, and adult learning theory. Considerations such as how peer-to-peer support would accommodate military culture, including varied ranks and structure, gender, and occupation requirements should be taken into account. Interventions should be sensitive to the time and contextual constraints associated with occupation and lifestyle. Interventions that include an electronic or virtual component will be considered, but applicants should demonstrate that such components will ensure the interventions are interactive and engaging. Studies should consider ways to integrate content into the everyday routines of SMs to decrease burden and increase buy-in. 

This funding opportunity seeks applications that support clinical trials of non-medical (behavioral health) interventions.


• Pre-Application Deadline: January 5, 2018
• Application Submission Deadline: January 19, 2018

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent) are eligible to submit an application

Amount Description

The JPC-5/MOMRP expects to allot approximately $6M of the FY17 PH/TBIRP appropriation to fund approximately 2 to 3 PSP Translational Research Award applications, depending on the quality and number of applications received. Funding of applications received in response to this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity is contingent upon the availability of Federal funds for this program. The maximum period of performance is 3 years. For additional funding information, see Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 5, 2018