Parkinson’s Research Program (PRP) – Investigator-Initiated Research Award (IIRA)

Sponsor:

U.S Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)

Deadline:

Pre-application: 5 PM EST, August 17, 2017

Application: 11:59 PM EST, August 31, 2017

Summary:

The PRP Investigator-Initiated Research Award (IIRA) mechanism is being offered for the first time in FY17. The PRP Investigator-Initiated Research Award supports highly rigorous, high-impact research projects that have the potential to make an important contribution to Parkinson’s disease research and/or patient care. This award mechanism supports the full spectrum of research from basic science through clinical research that specifically focuses on scientific and clinical Parkinson’s disease issues, which, if successfully addressed, have the potential to make a major impact in understanding, preventing, diagnosing, or treating Parkinson’s disease or enhancing the well-being of individuals experiencing the impact of the disease.
Consistent with the mission of the FY17 PRP to support research to understand, prevent, diagnose, and treat Parkinson’s disease in patients, including Service members and Veterans, investigators are required to address at least one of the following FY17 PRP Focus Areas:
  1. Mechanisms of neuroplasticity in the Parkinson’s disease brain.
  2. Studies to identify gene-environment interactions in Parkinson’s disease cohorts (applications addressing this focus area have an additional submission requirement; please see RFP.
  3. Pathophysiological implications of tau protein in Parkinson’s disease.

Eligibility:

Independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent) are eligible to submit an application as an Initiating or Partnering PI.
Preliminary data to support feasibility are encouraged. Any unpublished, preliminary data provided should originate from the laboratory of the PI or a member(s) of the research team. The preliminary data must support the feasibility of the study.
Partnering PI Option: The Investigator-Initiated Research Award mechanism includes an option for up to three PIs. One PI will be identified as the Initiating PI and will be responsible for the majority of the administrative tasks associated with application submission. The other PI(s) (maximum of two) will be identified as a Partnering PI(s). Initiating and Partnering PIs each have different submission requirements, please see full RFP.
Available Funding:
  • Single PI:  The anticipated total costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY17 PRP IIRA will not exceed $1M.  The maximum period of performance is three (3) years.
  • Multi PI: The anticipated total costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY17 PRP IIRA will not exceed $2.5M. The maximum period of performance is four (4) years.

Link to Full RFP:

http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pa/FY17-PRP-IIRA.pdf