US Department of Defense Reconstructive Transplantation Research (RTR): Idea Discovery Award 2015

The US Department of Defense Reconstructive Transplantation Research (RTR) program supports innovative, high-impact research in the field of reconstructive transplantation (RT), specifically vascularised composite allotransplantation (VCA)-focused research, also known as composite tissue allotransplantation (CTA).

Idea Discovery Award

The intent of the RTR IDA is to support innovative, untested, high-risk/potentially high-reward concepts, theories, paradigms, and/or methods relevant to RT.

Inclusion of preliminary data is encouraged. The outcome of research supported by this award should be the generation of robust data that can be used as a foundation for future research projects to reveal breakthroughs or new avenues in regenerative medicine.

Funding & Duration

  • Maximum funding of US $450,000 (approx. AUD $619,000) for total costs
  • Maximum period of performance is 2 years


  • Independent investigators at all academic levels (or non-academic equivalent) are eligible to submit applications.
  • Cost sharing/matching is not an eligibility requirement.
  • Eligible investigators must apply through an organisation. Organisations eligible to apply include national, international, for-profit, nonprofit, public, and private organisations.

Related  Schemes

Submission Requirements & Due Dates

  • 16 Sept 2015 – pre-application (Letter of Intent – LOI) submitted via
  • Copy of LOI forwarded to the Research Branch ASAP.
  • 30 Sept 2015 – full applications submitted to the Research Branch for internal review.

Grants Officer: Dr Don McMaster


Further Information

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