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US Department of Defense Epilepsy Research Program (ERP) Funding Pre-Announcement 2015

The Department of Defense Epilepsy Research Program (ERP) provides funding to support innovative, high-impact epilepsy research.

The ERP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. It is anticipated that full announcements will be posted on the Grants.Gov website and in the Research Branch Bulletin in late July 2015.

Idea Development Award

The intent of the ERP Idea Development Award (IDA) is to solicit research to understand the magnitude and underlying mechanisms of Post Traumatic Epilepsy (PTE), especially in Service members and Veterans while benefitting the civilian community. The Award is across two levels:

  • Level I: Intended to support investigator-initiated research that may be high-risk and/or high-gain.
  • Level II: Intended to support advanced studies that may be multidisciplinary in nature, and/or have multiple collaborators.

Both Funding Levels are seeking applications in the Focus Areas described below:

  • Epidemiology: Epidemiological characterization and identification of risk factors for developing PTE following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) including different variables such as race and ethnicity; age; gender; organic head injury factors; type of insult; latency to epilepsy; and comorbidities.

Markers and Mechanisms: Identifying markers or mechanisms (via clinical prospective or preclinical models) that support PTE:

  • Early detection
  • Diagnosis
  • Prognosis
  • Comorbidity
  • Risk stratification

Funding & Duration

Funding Level 1

  • The maximum period of performance is 3 years.
  • The maximum allowable funding for the entire period of performance is US $500,000 (approx. AUD $676,000) in total costs.

Funding Level 2

  • The maximum period of performance is 4 years.
  • The maximum allowable funding for the entire period of performance is US $2.2M (approx. AUD $2.9M) in total costs.

Submissions

Submission is a two-step process requiring both:

Refer to the General Application Instructions, Section II.A. for registration and submission requirements for eBRAP and Grants.gov.

Program Announcements

Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements, available electronically for downloading from:

Contact

CDMRP Public Affairs
E: usarmy.detrick.medcom-cdmrp.mbx.cdmrp-public-affairs@mail.mil

Grants Officer: Dr Don McMaster
E: don.mcmaster@adelaide.edu.au

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