Defense Health Program
Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program
Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20)
The FY20 Defense Appropriations Act provides funding to the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) to support innovative, high-impact prostate cancer research. As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency J9, Research and Development Directorate manages the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC).
The FY20 PCRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are posted on the Grants.gov website.
The mission of the FY20 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, with an emphasis on investing in research that will benefit patients diagnosed with lethal prostate cancer or improve quality of life for men diagnosed with this disease. All applications are required to address one or more of the following FY20 PCRP Overarching Challenges:
- Improve the quality of life for survivors of prostate cancer
- Develop treatments that improve outcomes for men with lethal prostate cancer
Applications must be directly relevant to lethal prostate cancer, which includes patients with metastatic disease; treatment-resistant disease; oligo-metastases; neuroendocrine disease; high-risk localized or locoregional disease, etc.
- Reduce lethal prostate cancer in people of African descent, Veterans, and high-risk or underserved populations
High-risk populations include, but are not limited to, people of African descent (including Caribbean Americans), genetically predisposed populations, Service members, and Veterans. Underserved populations include, but are not limited to, men with limited access to clinical care and resources (in both rural and urban settings), and sexual and/or gender minorities with, or at risk for, prostate cancer.
- Define the biology of lethal prostate cancer to reduce death
Applications must be directly relevant to lethal prostate cancer, which includes patients with metastatic disease; treatment-resistant disease; oligo-metastases; neuroendocrine disease; high-risk localized or locoregional disease; etc. Applications should not focus on topics such as differentiation between low risk and intermediate risk prostate cancer.
Early Investigator Research Award – Letter of Intent due June 4, 2020
By March 31, 2021, Postdoctoral Principal Investigators (PIs):
- Must possess a doctoral degree (or equivalent)
Have 3 years or less of postdoctoral research experience (excluding clinical residency or clinical fellowship training)
- Supports research opportunities focused on prostate cancer for individuals in the early stages of their careers.
PIs must have a designated mentor who is an experienced prostate cancer researcher.
Must address at least one of the FY20 PCRP Overarching Challenges.
- Maximum funding of $300,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
- Maximum period of performance is 2 years.
Physician Research Award – Letter of Intent due June 4, 2020
At the time of application submission, the PI must be either:
- In the last year of an accredited graduate medical education program, either as a resident or fellow;
Within 5 years of having initiated a faculty appointment (including Instructor positions)
- Supports a mentored research experience to prepare physicians with clinical duties for careers in prostate cancer research.
- PIs must demonstrate a commitment to a career at the forefront of prostate cancer research and clinical practice.
- PIs must have a designated mentor with an established research program in prostate cancer.
- Must address at least one of the FY20 PCRP Overarching Challenges
- Maximum funding of $750,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
- Maximum period of performance is 4 years
A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) at https://eBRAP.org prior to the pre-application deadline. All applications must conform to the final Program Announcements and General Application Instructions available for electronic downloading from the Grants.gov website. The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on Grants.gov. A listing of all CDMRP and other USAMRDC extramural funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.
For email notification when Program Announcements are released, subscribe to program-specific news and updates under “Email Subscriptions” on the eBRAP homepage at https://eBRAP.org. For more information about the PCRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (https://cdmrp.army.mil).
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