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TATRC Begins Review of FY2011 Pre-Proposal Submissions

Legislative Update
October 18, 2011

On October 17, the Department of Defense (DOD) Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Centerís (TATRC) Program Committee began review of the 100+ pre-proposal submissions it received by the September 15 deadline for funding by the FY2011 Vision Research Program (VRP). Although the Congressional appropriation was $4 million for the Peer Reviewed Medical Research-Vision (PRMR-Vision) line item that funds the VRP, TATRC will support at least $8.7 million of awards in two categories: Investigator-initiated awards at $1 million each and Hypothesis Development Awards at $250,000 each. The additional funding beyond the appropriation reflects that made available from other DOD programs due to the past quality and responsiveness of vision research proposals.

TATRC is inviting a number of investigators to submit full proposals for further review. NAEVRís James Jorkasky and David Epstein and ARVOís Joanne Angle serve on TATRCís Program Committee.