Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs -- Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health Research Program -- Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The FY21 TBIPHRP IIRA is intended to support studies that will make an important contribution toward understanding, preventing, and treating TBI and/or psychological health conditions. Research projects may focus on any phase of research from basic laboratory research through translational research, including preclinical studies in animal models and human subjects, as well as correlative studies associated with an existing clinical trial. Research involving human subjects and human anatomical substances is permitted; however, this FY21 TBIPHRP IIRA may not be used to conduct clinical trials.

The IIRA is designed to support research with the potential to yield highly impactful discoveries or major advancements. The application should clearly demonstrate the project’s potential nearterm and long-term outcome(s)/product(s) (knowledge and/or materiel) and how they will impact a critical problem or question in the field of research and/or patient care in the FY21 TBIPHRP IIRA Focus Areas(s) addressed.


• Required Pre-Application Deadline: September 8, 2021
• Application Submission Deadline: September 30, 2021

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Eligibility Requirements

Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent) may be named by the organization as the PI on the application.

Early-Career Investigator Partnering Option: The Early-Career Investigator must be an independent investigator within 10 years after completion of their 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 should be explained in the application.



Amount Description

The anticipated total costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY21 TBIPHRP IIRA will not exceed $750,000. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

September 8, 2021