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

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The FY21 TBIPHRP TRA is intended to support translational research that will accelerate the movement of promising ideas in TBI and/or psychological health research into clinical applications, including healthcare products, technologies, and/or clinical practice guidelines. This mechanism supports both preclinical to clinical translational research (e.g., studies of pharmaceuticals and medical devices in preclinical systems) as well as clinical research to clinical care translation (e.g., comparative effectiveness, implementation science, healthcare services research). Observations that support a research idea may be derived from a laboratory discovery, population-based studies, or a clinician’s first-hand knowledge of patients and anecdotal data. However, applicants should not view translational research as a one-way continuum from bench to bedside. The research plan is encouraged to involve a reciprocal flow of ideas and information between basic and clinical science or clinical and implementation science as appropriate.


• Required Pre-Application Deadline: September 15, 2021
• Application Submission Deadline: December 16, 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 TRA will not exceed $1.50M. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

September 15, 2021