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Department of Defense Vision Research Program Released

Legislative Update
July 2, 2009

The Department of Defense (DOD) Vision Research Program has released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Program Announcement. A PDF copy of this announcement is available here. You can also download the Program Announcement at http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/UpdateOffer?id=12886.

The Program Announcement had been expected to be released in May but was delayed due to the addition of extra funding to the original funding level. While Congress had funded the program at $4 million in FY2009, the DOD agency that is managing the program, the US Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), has added $1.2 million of its own funds to the program, for a total of $5.2 million.

Proposal submission is a two-step process. The first step is the submission of a pre-proposal, through https://tatrc.aibs.org. This pre-proposal will be reviewed by the TATRC Review Panel, and researchers will then be contacted to submit a full proposal through http://www.grants.gov/

Important Dates for Researchers:

Pre-proposal Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, July 30, 2009
Full Proposal Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, October 22, 2009
Funding Notification Letter: February 2010

DOD/TATRC estimates that 10 grants will be funded, although that will vary based on the submitted proposals. The key areas for research identified in the Program Announcement include:

  • Treatments for traumatic brain injury-associated visual dysfunction

  • Treatments to slow or stop loss of vision in traumatic optic neuropathies;

  • Computational models of mechanisms of primary blast injury to the eye and vision system

  • Methods to test visual dysfunction in the presence of cognitive impairment

  • Treatments for blast and burn injury to ocular structures.
At the 2009 ARVO Annual Meeting, NAEVR hosted a Defense-related Vision Research Briefing at which TATRC Program Officer Robert Read spoke. To read a summary of that session, click here.