US Department of Defense
Advancing Blast Injury Research to Protect and Heal Those Who Serve

Researcher Resources

This page provides a collection of information and links to research funding opportunities across the DoD and is provided as a resource to the research community.

All information and downloadable documents on this Website are published in good faith and for informational purposes only. Due to the dynamic and evolving nature of the World Wide Web, The Blast Injury Research Coordinating Office (BIRCO) will continue to monitor and update this page to ensure completeness and accuracy of the uploaded documents and external links.

Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps)

"FedBizOpps is the single government-wide point of entry for federal government procurement opportunities. Using the FedBizOpps portal, commercial vendors seeking federal markets for their products and services can search, monitor and retrieve opportunities solicited by the federal contracting community."

Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Small Business Programs

"Advises the Secretary of Defense on all matters related to small business and are committed to maximizing the contributions of small business in DoD acquisitions. Provides leadership and governance to the Military Departments and Defense Agencies to meet the needs of the nations' Warfighters, creating opportunities for small businesses while ensuring each tax dollar is spent responsibly."

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" simplifies the grants management process and creates a centralized, online mechanism to find and apply for more than 900 grant programs from the 26 federal grant-making agencies. A federal grant is an award of financial assistance for basic and applied research and development."

To access program announcements from US Army Medical Research and Development Command on search for USAMRAA within "Grant Opportunities" in the search function on the top right hand corner of the homepage.

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Broad Agency Announcement

The US Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) funds a broad range of extramural research programs. Awards can be contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements. Research proposals can be submitted to the command through the USAMRDC Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), which is continuously open, or through special USAMRDC BAA Announcements, which are open for limited timeframes. For assistance, please contact the administrator at or call (301) 619-2736.

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USAMRDC New Products and Ideas (NPI)

"The New Products and Ideas (NPI) website allows users to showcase their products for review by US Army Medical Research and Development Command subject matter experts. Submitters receive feedback in as little as 30 days. Some products currently in use by the military were first introduced through the NPI site."

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The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC)

"MTEC is a biomedical technology consortium collaborating with multiple government agencies under a 10-year renewable Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the US Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC)."

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USAMRDC Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA)

"The USAMRDC ORTA otherwise known as the Technology Transfer Office coordinates all intellectual property licensing on behalf of all US Army Medical Research and Development Command's subordinate laboratories from the federal sector to nonfederal parties.

The ORTA office at each subordinate laboratory coordinates Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Interagency Agreements (IAAs), Nondisclosure agreements (NDAs ), and other technology transfer transactions."

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Defense Health Agency Concept Submission Program

"The goal of the DHA Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Concept Submission Program is to gather information and findings from medical, academic, research and advocacy assets of the military services, the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services and other federal agencies including research from academic institutions. DHA is especially interested in empirically researched products, services and interventions provided through agencies of the federal government."

Brain Trust: Pathways to InnoVAtion

This annual public-private partnership event is coordinated by the VA Center for Strategic Partnerships and is designed to foster debate, and facilitate national, partnership-based solutions in the area of traumatic brain injury. The event is designed to promote forward-thinking dialogue and innovative collaboration among private industry, professional sports organizations, the Federal government, innovators, scientists, athletes, clinicians, care-givers, and Veterans. For invitations to future events, please contact

"The CDMRP fills research gaps by funding high impact, high risk, and high gain projects that other agencies may not venture to fund. While individual programs are unique in their focus, all the programs managed by the CDMRP share the common goal of advancing paradigm shifting research, solutions that will lead to cures or improvements in patient care, or breakthrough technologies and resources for clinical benefit. The CDMRP strives to transform healthcare for Service Members and the American public through innovative and impactful research."

Download a CDMRP program listing of Joint Program Committees supporting blast injury research

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Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP)

The DMRDP provides execution management support for the six Defense Health Program core research program areas. Each of these major research program areas is strategically guided by a committee, called a Joint Program Committee (JPC), which consists of DoD and non-DoD medical and military technical experts. CDMRP provides program and award management support primarily for basic through translational research (Program Elements 6.1 through 6.3) and works closely with the JPCs to transition products to advanced development.

Example topic areas relevant to blast injury:

  • Joint Program Committee 8/Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program-related Neuromusculoskeletal Injuries Rehabilitation
  • Joint Program Committee-2/Military Infectious Diseases Research Program-related Clinical Trial/Testing of:
    • Therapeutics
    • Rapid detection of pathogens and/or anti-microbial drug resistance markers
    • Rapid detection of biomarkers
  • Joint Program Committee-6/Combat Casualty Care Research Program-related Prolonged Field Care

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Epilepsy Research Program (ERP)

The ERP funds research to develop an understanding of the magnitude of posttraumatic epilepsy (PTE) within the military and to expand research into the basic mechanisms by which traumatic brain injury (TBI) produces epilepsy.

Example focus areas relevant to blast injury:

  • Epidemiological characterization and identification of risk factors for developing PTE following TBI
  • Identifying markers or mechanisms that address PTE
  • Development of new models or better characterization of existing models for PTE, including repetitive TBI

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Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program (JWMRP)

The JWMRP funds mature research projects close to yielding tangible benefits to military medicine. The JWMRP focuses on six program areas: Medical Simulation and Information Sciences, Military Infectious Diseases, Military Operational Medicine, Combat Causality Care, Radiation Health Effects, and Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine.

Example focus areas relevant to blast injury:

  • Simulation technology and medical training
  • Prophylactics and novel therapeutics to treat multi-drug resistant organisms in combat wound infections, countermeasures that prevent and mitigate Service Member injury
  • Development and validation of effective evidenced-based prevention, screening and assessment strategies, as well as treatment and rehabilitation interventions for concussion/mild traumatic brain injury
  • Identification and development of medical techniques and materiel (medical devices, drugs, and biologics) for early intervention in life-threatening battle injuries
  • Neuromusculoskeletal injury (including amputees), sensory systems (including balance, vision, and hearing), acute and chronic pain, and regenerative medicine

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Military Burn Research Program (MBRP)

The MBRP funds projects that support a broad research portfolio in the treatment of burns and the trauma associated with burn injuries sustained during combat or combat-related activities.

Example topic areas relevant to blast injury:

  • Fluid Resuscitation Studies
  • Organ Failure Studies
  • Wound Healing
  • Prolonged Field Care and Delayed Evacuation

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Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program (OPORP)

The OPORP funds research that evaluates the comparative effectiveness of orthotic and prosthetic clinical interventions and/or their associated rehabilitation interventions, using patient-centric outcomes for Service Members and Veterans who have undergone limb impairment or limb amputation.

Example focus areas relevant to blast injury:

  • Lack of short- and long-term evidence for existing support and reintegration strategies following neuromusculoskeletal injury, and a need for new evidence - based support and reintegration strategies
  • Limited current technologies, including prosthetics and orthotics, for the rehabilitation or replacement of function that optimize patient interaction, usability, and durability
  • Limited ability to predict, prevent, and mitigate development of secondary health deficits following neuromusculoskeletal injury
  • Limited understanding of the management of patient rehabilitation strategies throughout the rehabilitation process following neuromusculoskeletal injury
  • Lack of validated metrics that effectively assess initial presentation, rehabilitation, and reintegration following neuromusculoskeletal injury

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

The PRMRP funds research across the entire spectrum of medical research toward improving the health and well-being of Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.

Example topic areas relevant to blast injury:

  • Acute Lung Injury
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Chronic Migraine and Post-Traumatic Headache
  • Metals Toxicology
  • Nanomaterials for Bone Regeneration
  • Non-Opioid Pain Management
  • Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Tinnitus

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Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP)

The PRORP funds research to advance the treatment of and rehabilitation from musculoskeletal injuries sustained in combat. The PRORP seeks to optimize recovery and restoration of function following orthopaedic injuries.

Example focus areas relevant to blast injury:

  • Surgical Care Focus Areas:
    • Peripheral Nerve Injuries
    • Prevention of Heterotopic Ossification
    • Volumetric Muscle Loss
    • Extremity Fractures
    • Pelvic Ring Injuries
    • Compartment Syndrome
    • Surgical Techniques to Optimize Gait
    • Soft Tissue Trauma
  • Rehabilitation Focus Areas:
    • Post-Operative Pain Management
    • Prosthetic and/or Orthotic Device Function
    • Secondary Physical Health Effects
    • Physical or Occupational Therapy
    • Barriers to Successful Therapy Outcomes
    • Rehabilitation Outcomes

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Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program (PH/TBIRP)

The PH/TBIRP funds research efforts aimed at improving prevention, detection, and treatment of psychological health disorders and TBIs. Research funded by PH/TBI RP spans the translation research spectrum from basic research to clinical trials.

Example focus areas relevant to blast injury:

  • Sensory Systems Traumatic Injury
  • Pain Management
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Injury Rehabilitation
  • Hearing Loss/Dysfunction, Balance Disorders, and/or Tinnitus
  • Vision Dysfunction

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Reconstructive Transplant Research (RTR) Program

The RTR Program funds innovative research that will foster new directions for, and address neglected issues in, the field of reconstructive transplantation, specifically for vascularized composite allotransplantation (VCA)-focused research.

Example focus areas relevant to blast injury:

  • Qualitative Research on Psychosocial issues associated with VCA
  • Qualitative Research on Development and validation of Quality of Life outcome measures for VCA
  • Immune system regulation as specifically applied to VCA
  • Reconstructive transplant rehabilitation
  • Graft clinical monitoring - acute and chronic, as applied to VCA

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Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP)

The SCIRP funds collaborative research to advance the treatment and rehabilitation of spinal cord injury (SCI).

Example focus areas relevant to blast injury:

  • Pre-hospital, en route care, and early hospital management of SCI
  • Development, validation, and timing of promising interventions to address consequences of SCI and to improve recovery, including, but not limited to:
    • Bladder, bowel, and autonomic dysfunction
    • Cardiometabolic dysfunction
    • Neuropathic pain and sensory dysfunction
    • Pressure ulcers
    • Respiratory dysfunction
    • Sexual dysfunction
  • Identification and validation of best practices in SCI care, including, but not limited to:
    • Critical care interventions
    • Interventions for musculoskeletal health
    • Rehabilitation interventions
    • Surgical interventions Psychosocial and behavioral interventions in military/Veteran populations

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Vision Research Program (VRP)

The VRP funds research efforts to improve and transform the care of military personnel affected by diseases and injuries of the eye. The program focuses on funding innovative, military-relevant research that addresses unmet clinical needs.

Example focus areas relevant to blast injury:

  • Preclinical animal studies to evaluate safety and/or efficacy of treatments or technologies to reduce/control scarring and/or pathological healing response(s) after military-relevant ocular/visual system injury
  • Preclinical animal studies to evaluate safety and/or efficacy of treatments or technologies returning form and function after traumatic injury to: (1) orbit and ocular tissues (optic nerve, retina, and uvea), (2) eyelid, and/or (3) adnexal structures
  • Preclinical studies in relevant animal models to develop and evaluate the safety and/or efficacy of an effective intra-vitreal agent for retinal detachment repair that does not expand during air evacuation
  • Development of technologies to identify the location of entrance wounds and rupture sites in traumatic eye injuries

"Joint Program Committees (JPC), which consist of DoD and non-DoD technical experts, make funding recommendations for research and manage research programs under the Defense Health Agency Research and Development (DHA R&D) Directorate in diverse military medical program areas."

JPC-1/Medical Simulation and Information Sciences

  • Medical Simulation
  • Health Information Technology and Informatics

JPC-2/Military Infectious Diseases Research Program

  • Wound Infections (Prevention, Management, and Treatment)
  • Pathogen Detection

JPC-5/Military Operational Medicine Research Program

  • Psychological Health and Resilience
  • Hearing Loss
  • Prevention Protection

JPC-6/Combat Casualty Care Research Program

  • Damage Control Resuscitation
  • Mild, Moderate, Severe, and Penetrating TBI
  • Burn Injury
  • En Route Care
  • TBI Evaluation, Treatment, and Care

JPC-7/Radiation Health Effects Research Program

  • Diagnostic Biodosimetry
  • Countermeasures (Protection and Treatment)

JPC-8/Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program

  • Neuromusculoskeletal Injury
  • Acute and Chronic Pain Management
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Sensory Systems
  • Neurorehabilitation and Recovery

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)

DVBIC logo DVBIC is a part of the US Military Health System. Specifically, DVBIC is the traumatic brain injury center of excellence for the Defense Health Agency. Founded in 1992 by Congress, DVBIC's responsibilities have grown as its network of care and treatment sites has grown.

Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE)

HCE logo HCE fosters and promotes the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, rehabilitation, and research of hearing loss and auditory injury. The goal is to reduce the tangible and intangible costs of hearing loss and auditory injuries among US military personnel and Veterans. HCE works with the VA and leads the cooperative effort to meet its goal.

Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE)

PHCoE logo PHCoE is uniquely positioned to collaborate across the DoD, VA, and other federal agencies to provide leadership and expertise, inform policy, and drive improvements in psychological health outcomes. The center maintains five core strategic priorities: support the services and combatant commands; improve care quality; increase access, reduce barriers, and encourage optimal use of psychological health resources; advance the science of psychological health; and foster organizational development.

Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM)

DVCIPM logo DVCIPM's mission is to leverage the best available evidence, clinical expertise, and collaboration to develop and communicate consensus recommendations in support of Air Force, Army, Navy, and VA pain management practice, education, and research.

Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE)

EACE logo EACE is the leading advocate for research and treatment of DoD and VA patients with extremity trauma and amputation. Working with TRICARE, the Military Health System, VA, and other Centers of Excellence, the EACE will lead efforts to enhance collaboration between the DoD and the VA extremity trauma and amputation care providers and conduct scientific research to minimize the effects of traumatic injuries and improve clinical outcomes.

Vision Center of Excellence (VCE)

VCE logo VCE leads and advocates for programs and initiatives with the following three inter-related goals: to improve vision health, optimize readiness, and enhance quality of life for Service members and Veterans.

By working to improve vision health, optimizing readiness and enhancing quality of life for Service members and Veterans, VCE promotes collaboration, facilitates integration and serves as an advocate for vision across DoD and VA healthcare systems. Further collaborative efforts with other federal healthcare organizations, academia, and private sector organizations allow VCE to enhance development of VCE program priorities for research and quality care initiatives.

Last modified: 18-Jun-2019