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


Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)


The PRMRP Focused Program Award mechanism is intended to optimize research and accelerate the solution for a critical question related to at least one of the Congressionally directed FY18 PRMRP Topic Areas through a synergistic, multidisciplinary research program.  


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 a synergistic, multidisciplinary research program of at least four distinct but complementary projects addressing an overarching goal in the Topic Area(s) of interest 
  • Projects should work together to answer critical questions, resolve differing hypotheses, and translate laboratory findings to clinical applications
  • Projects may range from exploratory/hypothesis developing through small-scale clinical trials that together will address the overarching goal/question
  • Research team of highly qualified, multidisciplinary project leaders should be led by a PI with demonstrated success in directing large, focused projects
  • Preproposal (Letter of Intent) submission is required; application submission is by invitation only


Lead PI: Full Professor level or above (or equivalent)

Project Leads: Assistant Professor level or above (or equivalent)

Maximum Project Value

Maximum funding of $10 million U.S. for total costs (includes direct and indirect costs).

Indirect Costs

10% as per program guidelines.

Project Duration

The maximum period of performance is four years.


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

External Deadline

Pre-Application (LOI) due to sponsor through online portal.

Internal Deadline

If invited to full-proposal, please notify Kristin Gibson by email.  The full proposal and OR-5 are due to two weeks in advance of the external deadline to allow for review and compilation of supporting documents.  

External Deadline

Application due to sponsor through online portal.  Office of Research Services staff to submit on behalf of the PI.

How to Apply

Please see:

​ Funding Opportunity Number:W81XWH18PRMRPFPA

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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