Defense Medical Research and Development Program -- Joint Program Committee 1 (JPC-1) – Medical Simulation and Information Sciences Research Program (MSIS) -- Translational Simulation Research (TRANSfeR) Award

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The Translational Simulation Research (TRANSfeR): Medical Simulation Modeling to Assess Translation Skills from Training to Clinical Practice is a line of research that supports the Medical Readiness Initiative (MRI) under the JPC-1/MSIS Medical Simulation and Training portfolio. The JPC-1/MSIS MRI focuses on the research and development (R&D) of medical training methods, technologies, systems, and competency assessment tools for the attainment and sustainment of military medical readiness R&D efforts. MRI also includes methodologies, techniques, and tools that will allow for ethical, accurate, and appropriate pre-intervention rehearsal with input of potential authorized personal medical information into simulation models. Evidence-based efforts with measurable outcomes and reliable assessments also fall under the MRI. The outcomes of the research are intended to be used to support the solution assessments/material considerations for guidelines or curriculum development of TRANSfeR foundation concepts. The research outcomes will be used in assessing critical technology elements and technology maturity, system integration risk, future manufacturing feasibility, and, where necessary, technology maturation and demonstration needs.

The FY17 JPC-1/MSIS TRANSfeR Award Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity is seeking research to determine whether the medical skill learned on a simulation system has a downstream beneficial effect to patients and/or the MHS in the real clinical world.

The Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity seeks applications for research to demonstrate that simulation-based medical training has a measurable outcome on patient care. Previous T1 studies have shown improvement in skills in the simulated environment when deliberate practice and mastery learning (a set of group-based, individualized, learning strategies based on the belief that students will achieve a high level of understanding in a given area when given enough time) 8 occur as part of training. The next set of studies should measure whether these same techniques translate to patient care and affect systems of care such as return-to-duty rates and morbidity and mortality statistics. Such research will involve taking the lessons learned in the laboratory and measuring outcomes in the patients who are cared for either in an operational environment or medical treatment facility. Historical patient outcome data does exist for the way medical professionals are trained now, so the variable being introduced in new studies would be simulation-based training. 


• Pre-Application Deadline: October 13, 2016
• Invitation to Submit an Application: November 2016
•Application Submission Deadline: February 2, 2017

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

This Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity is intended for extramural investigators only. There is a separate Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity for intramural investigators applying through intramural organizations that is available through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) ( under the funding opportunity number W81XWH-16-DMRDP-MSIS-TRA.

Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent) are eligible to submit applications.



Amount Description

The JPC-1/MSIS expects to allot approximately $1.8 million (M) of the anticipated FY17 DHP RDT&E appropriation to fund one JPC-1/MSIS-TRANSfeR application, depending on the quality and number of applications received from intramural agencies and extramural organizations. Funding of applications received in response to this Program Announcement/ Funding Opportunity is contingent upon the availability of Federal funds for this program. As of the release date of this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity, the FY17 Defense Appropriations Bill has not been passed and there is no guarantee that any funds will be made available to support this program. The funding estimated for this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity is approximate and subject to realignment.

NOTE: Applications received in response to both the JPC-1/MSIS TRANSfeR intramural and extramural program announcements will be evaluated and considered for funding together. The Government reserves the right to fund any combination of intramural and/or extramural applications.

• The maximum period of performance is 2 years, which includes the testing and evaluation of the proof of concept and the results from the test and evaluation.

• The anticipated total costs (direct and indirect) budgeted for the entire period of performance will not exceed $1.8M. Indirect costs are to be budgeted in accordance with the organization’s negotiated rate. No budget will be approved by the Government exceeding $1.8M total costs or using an indirect rate exceeding the organization’s negotiated rate.

• All direct and indirect costs of any subaward (subgrant or subcontract) must be included in the total direct costs of the primary award.

• The applicant may request the entire maximum funding amount for a project that may have a period of performance less than the maximum 2 years.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

October 13, 2016