Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program - Discovery Award 2018


Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)


The intent of the PRMRP Discovery Award is to support innovative, non-incremental, highrisk/potentially high-reward research that will provide new insights, paradigms, technologies, or applications.  Studies supported by this award are expected to lay the groundwork for future avenues of scientific investigation.  The proposed research project should include a well formulated, testable hypothesis based on a sound scientific rationale and study design.


The vision of the FY18 PRMRP is to improve the health and well-being of all military Service members, Veterans, and beneficiaries.  The PRMRP challenges the scientific and clinical communities to address at least one of the FY18 PRMRP Topic Areas with original ideas that foster new directions along the entire spectrum of research and clinical care.  The program seeks applications in laboratory, clinical, behavioral, epidemiologic, and other areas of research to advance knowledge in disease etiology, improve prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for those affected by a relevant disease or condition, and to develop and validate clinical care or public health guidelines.

Key Mechanism Elements 

  • Supports the exploration of a highly innovative new concept or untested theory in the Topic Area(s) of interest
  • Not intended to support the logical progression of an already established line of questioning
  • Clinical trials will not be funded
  • Reviewers will be blinded to the identity of the Principal Investigator (PI), collaborator(s), and their organization(s)


Post-doctoral fellow (or equivalent) and above.

Maximum Project Value

Maximum funding of $200,000 U.S.

Indirect Costs

10% as per program guidelines.

Project Duration

Maximum period of performance is 18 months.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Letter of Intent must be submitted to sponsor via

Internal Deadline

Full application and OR-5 due to Office of Research Services

External Deadline

Full application due to sponsor through online portal. Office of Research Services authorized representative to submit on behalf of PI. 

How to Apply

Please see:

​ Funding Opportunity Number:W81XWH18PRMRPDA


For Questions, please contact

For Agency Contacts please see Section E - DoD General Application Instructions.

Office of Research

Kristin Gibson, Awards and Agreements Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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