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DOD Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program Opens for Pre-Proposal Submission

Legislative Update
July 13, 2009

The Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) has released the Program Announcements for the Fiscal Year 2009 Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury (PH/TBI) Research Program. The program was funded in the FY2009 Supplemental Appropriations bill, and has a total of $40.6 million for the two areas of research.

The topic areas for funding include research that aims to "prevent, mitigate, and effectively treat TBI", specifically "prevention and rehabilitation strategies for TBI..conditions" including sensory functioning.

The program expects to fund three grant mechanisms:

  • Advanced Technology/Therapeutic Development awards with a maximum funding level of $6 million over 5 years;

  • Investigator-Initiated awards with a maximum funding level of $1 million over 4 years, and;

  • Concept Awards with a maximum funding level of $300k over 18 months
Submission is a two step process, consisting of a pre-application submission through CDMPR’s eReceipt system ( and a full application submission through the system (

The program is now accepting pre-applications, which have a deadline of August 14, 2009, at 5pm. Researchers will be contacted to submit full proposals in September, which will be due October 28. A letter of invitation is mandatory for submission of a full application. Awards will be made approximately 4 to 6 months after researchers receive their funding notification, but no later than September 10 2010.

More information, including links to the three Program Announcements, is available here: