US Department of Defense
BLAST INJURY RESEARCH
COORDINATING OFFICE
Advancing Blast Injury Research to Protect and Heal Those Who Serve

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DoD Funding Opportunities

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."

For more information: SBIR/STTR Opportunities

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Grants.gov

"Grants.gov 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 Grants.gov: 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 usarmy.detrick.medcom-usamraa.mbx.mrmc-baa@mail.mil or call (301) 619-2736.

New Products and Ideas

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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."

Partnering Opportunities

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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 BrainTrust@va.gov.

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP)

"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 brain health research

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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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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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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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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

"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-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-8/Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program

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

Centers of Excellence

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.

Brain Trauma Evidence-based Consortium (B-TEC)

The Brain Trauma Evidence-based Consortium (B-TEC) is a collaborative effort among academic institutions and foundations with the goal of fostering existing collaborations and new partnerships among traumatic brain injury (TBI) investigators in an effort to establish evidence-based principles and produce objective scientific advances in classification, diagnosis, and treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM)

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The Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM), an entity of the Uniformed Services University (USU), serves as the translational engine for advancing traumatic brain injury (TBI) research throughout National Capital Area. The CNRM mission is to bring together the resources and expertise of investigators from the DoD and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to catalyze innovative research on TBI to more effectively diagnose and treat Warfighter injuries and prevent long-term consequences resulting from TBI.

Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC)

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The Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC) is a multi-center collaboration linking premier basic science, translational, and clinical neuroscience researchers from the DoD, VA, academic universities, and private research institutes to effectively address the scientific, diagnostic, and therapeutic ramifications of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and its long-term effects.

The Consortium to Alleviate PTSD (CAP)

The Consortium to Alleviate PTSD (CAP) is a joint VA and DoD effort to understand and treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions in active duty military Service Members and Veterans. Its primary objectives are to focus on the advancement of treatment strategies for PTSD and to identify and confirm clinically relevant biomarkers as diagnostic and prognostic indicators of PTSD and comorbid disorders.

Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research (FITBIR) Informatics System

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The Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research (FITBIR) Informatics System was initiated as a collaborative effort supported by the DoD Combat Casualty Care Research Program (CCCRP) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a secure, centralized informatics system developed to accelerate comparative effectiveness research in support of improved diagnosis and treatment for Service Members and civilians who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The INjury and TRaumatic STress Consortium (INTRuST)

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The Injury and Traumatic Stress (INTRuST) Consortium was established to combine the research efforts of leading clinical researchers to bring to market novel treatments or interventions for those who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI). The INTRuST portfolio of clinical research and trials spans psychotherapeutics, pharmacotherapeutics, and devices.

International Initiative for Traumatic Brain Injury Research (InTBIR)

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InTBIR is a collaborative effort of the European Commission (EC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the DoD. The goal of InTBIR is to coordinate and leverage clinical research activities on traumatic brain injury (TBI) research and encourage well-designed, hypothesis-driven studies that include the collection of high quality data followed by rigorous statistical analysis.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)-DoD Grand Alliance: Concussion Assessment, Research, and Education (CARE) Consortium

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This NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance; Concussion Assessment, Research, and Education (CARE) Consortium is a prospective, longitudinal, multi-center, multi-sport investigation that delineates the natural history of concussion in both men and women by incorporating a multi-dimensional assessment of standardized clinical measures of post-concussive symptomatology, performance-based testing, genomic variability and risk factors, biomarkers of injury and trajectory of recovery, and psychological health.

NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance: Mind Matters Challenge

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As part of the broader $30 million NCAA-DOD Grand Alliance, the Mind Matters Challenge provided funding to various academic institutions to focus on two important areas related to concussion: Changing Attitudes about Concussions in Young and Emerging Adults (a research challenge) and Educational Programs Targeting Young and Emerging Adults (an educational programs challenge). The objective of these challenges is to change the culture of concussion safety in order to better serve student-athletes on the field and Service Members on the battlefield.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

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The mission of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease. To support this mission, NINDS supports and performs basic, translational, and clinical neuroscience research through grants, contracts, scientific meetings, and through research in its own laboratories, and clinics.

South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience (STRONG STAR)

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South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience (STRONG STAR) is a DoD and VA funded, multidisciplinary, and multi-institutional research consortium that develops and evaluates interventions for the detection, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions in active duty military personnel and recently discharged Veterans.

TBI Endpoints Development (TED)

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The TBI Endpoints Development (TED) Initiative is a joint DoD and FDA effort in collaboration with academic clinician-scientists, industry leaders, patient advocacy organizations and philanthropies to develop better designed clinical trials that will ultimately lead to the first successful treatments for traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Targeted Evaluation, Action, and Monitoring of Traumatic Brain Injury (TEAM-TBI)

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Targeted Evaluation, Action, and Monitoring of Traumatic Brain Injury (TEAM-TBI) is a DoD funded, multicenter, clinical research study led by the University of Pittsburgh that investigates the complexity of brain injury and how targeted interventional strategies may improve patient outcome and function. The study utilizes various diagnostic techniques to develop individualized treatment strategies targeting an individual's specific symptoms.

Last modified: 18-Jun-2019