US Department of Defense Gulf War Illness Research Program: New Investigator Award 2019

The intent of the GWIRP NIA is to support investigators new to the field of GWI research at different stages of career development. This award enables such investigators to compete for funding separately from investigators with established programs of GWI research.

Topics of Special Interest are as follows:

  • Epidemiology of comorbidities and mortality, including gender and ethnic differences
  • Sinus, respiratory, gastrointestinal, sleep, or dermatological abnormalities as a component of GWI
  • Entanglement of symptom effects including non-refreshing sleep with other GWI symptoms
  • Genetic factors predisposing individuals to GWI
  • Molecular signatures (e.g., biomarkers) underlying symptom clusters via genomic, proteomic, metabolic, or epigenetic technologies
  • Dysregulation of, or abnormal crosstalk between, human body organ systems (e.g., neuroinflammation, autonomic dysfunction). Particular emphasis is placed on the systems listed below. Note: Examination of parameters at both baseline and after challenge (stress, exercise, immune, etc.) and attention to long-term and latent effects of toxic exposures to closely represent the current status of GWI patients should be considered.
    ○ Neurological system (central, peripheral, and/or neuromuscular)
    ○ Immune system
    ○ Endocrine, exocrine, and/or excretory systems, with special interest in kidney and liver (including Cytochrome P450 abnormalities)

Funding & Duration

The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance of this award will not exceed US $500,000 (approx. AUD $677,000). If applying under the Biorepository Contribution Option, direct costs will not exceed $516,000 (approx. AUD $698,000).


Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are eligible to apply.

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