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  • Writer's pictureTROY TURNER

The DoD Funds Medical Research?

Interested in DoD medical research funding for your great idea, or to help continue your work toward realizing that idea? It's not the same as NIH, FDA, or other federal funding, and it can seem alien. But I lived on the DoD side of that fence for almost 20 years, and think I can help. Message me here, or email at and let's talk about the opportunities you may be missing.

Meanwhile, the people at the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), part of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) at Ft. Detrick in Frederick, MD recently posted a webinar series to help you begin to learn the language.

February 11, 2019 – CDMRP Webinar Series - Funding Opportunities and Strategies for Success

In this first of the CDMRP Funding Opportunities webinar series, viewers will learn how to find CDMRP funding opportunities, understand the process for applying, and identify tips for success as well as pitfalls in grant application design.

February 28, 2019 – CDMRP Webinar Series - High Risk/High Gain Funding Opportunities

This webinar will walk through three categories of hypothesis-driven, high risk/high gain funding opportunities - Initial Concept Awards, Early Idea Awards, and Established Idea Awards. The key features associated with these categories, include innovation, impact, and research strategy and feasibility. In addition, the relevant peer and programmatic review criteria will be reviewed.

March 11, 2019 – CDMRP Webinar Series - Team Science Funding Opportunities

The CDMRP funding opportunities that have a team science component are the focus of this webinar. The webinar will provide an overview of types of award mechanisms that encourage multiple investigators, key elements of team science program announcements, required application documents, and general guidance for applicants.

March 25, 2019 – CDMRP Webinar Series - Clinical Research and Clinical Trial Funding Opportunities

The focus of this webinar will be CDMRP funding opportunities that support clinical research with emphasis placed on clinical trials. This webinar will highlight the difference between clinical research and clinical trials, key planning considerations for prospective human subject research (e.g. regulatory requirements), and application elements considered in peer and programmatic review of clinical research/trials.

April 8, 2019 – CDMRP Webinar Series - Funding Opportunities for the Development of Technology and/or Resources

Application elements and key considerations for two types of funding opportunities will be presented. Viewers will learn about requirements for funding opportunities soliciting applications to support technology/therapeutics development for investigational device exemption and investigational new drug submissions. The webinar will also review important aspects of funding opportunities that support the development of research resources.

April 24, 2019 – CDMRP Webinar Series - Funding Opportunities for Early Career Investigators

The focus of this webinar will be an overview of funding opportunities that target early career investigators and some of the unique criteria utilized in these funding opportunities. The target audience for this webinar includes, but is not restricted to, postdoctoral fellows, independent investigators (scientists and physician scientists) within 10 years of their terminal degree, and other investigators at comparable levels in their careers.

May 8, 2019 – CDMRP Webinar Series - Consortium-Type Funding Opportunities

This webinar will review the main components of program announcements offered by CDMRP focused on establishing consortia for basic/applied research and/or clinical trials. It will offer guidance to help applicants better understand and respond to the primary components of the announcement and what is typically required across consortia funded by CDMRP.

And now you can find them all here:

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