DOD Gulf War Illness Innovative Treatment Evaluation Award

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DOD Gulf War Illness Innovative Treatment Evaluation Award: The FY12 GWIRP is offering two award mechanisms to evaluate potential interventions for Gulf War Illness: the Clinical Trial Award (CTA) and the Innovative Treatment Evaluation Award (ITEA). The Innovative Treatment Evaluation Award described in this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity is intended to support the initial evaluation of a treatment or intervention in smaller, early phase or pilot clinical trials (Phase II or I/II, devices in FDA Class I-III), and does not require preliminary data. In contrast, the CTA supports the evaluation of interventions in larger, more definitive clinical trials (Phase II or III), where preliminary and pre-clinical evidence indicates the potential for substantial benefit for veterans with GWI. (For more information about the CTA, see The ITEA mechanism was first offered in FY09. Since then, 15 ITEA Award applications have been received, and 5 have been recommended for funding. The ITEA supports the early systematic evaluation of innovative treatment interventions with the potential to impact the health and lives of veterans with GWI. The results of preliminary studies funded by this award can provide proof of principle data, and support future development of broader efficacy studies of the proposed interventions. Innovation is an important component of the ITEA. An application may demonstrate innovation not only by investigating a novel therapeutic approach for GWI, but also by studying a treatment that may have been utilized for other chronic multi-symptom illnesses, but has not yet been studied in ill Gulf War veterans. For example, a pharmacological treatment or nutritional supplement suggested by previous research to be beneficial for fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome could be evaluated in veterans with GWI under the ITEA. However, the focus of the research must be clearly on GWI and not on another disease process. This award mechanism is designed to evaluate a broad scope of treatment approaches with potential for widespread application for GWI. Treatment approaches may include pharmacologic or other physiological interventions, including either conventional or complementary treatments, or combinations of these approaches. A variety of experimental and non-experimental study designs are acceptable under this award mechanism. The proposed study design will depend on the specific treatment or intervention to be assessed, resources available to clinical investigators, and the level of evidence currently available to support the proposed treatment for GWI. Examples of potential prospective designs may include systematic case series, prospective outcome evaluation studies, small-scale randomized trials, a combination of these, or other innovative prospective methods. Also of interest are interventions based on biological alterations identified in veterans with GWI. All studies involving interventions, regardless of design, are considered clinical trials. Health outcomes of interest for the proposed trial should include effects of interventions on: - Global health measures (biomarkers) and/or functional status - Improvements in symptom complexes (e.g., cognitive function, musculoskeletal/pain symptoms, gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue, respiratory problems, skin abnormalities, sleep difficulties) individually and as they may interact with each other - GWI subgroups characterized by symptom or other clinical characteristics Studies whose principal focus is on treatment of psychiatric conditions, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), will not be funded under this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity. While Gulf War veterans are affected by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease), at twice the rate of veterans who did not serve in the Gulf War, the GWIRP will not accept applications focusing on ALS research. However, applications that focus on GWI symptomatology may include GW veterans with ALS if the latter disorder is included in the study's GWI case definition. The Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) is offering a separate ALS Research Program in FY12 (see Applications must clearly indicate how GWI cases, including any targeted illness subgroups, will be defined for purposes of the study. Principal Investigators (PIs) must provide a published case definition they intend to use to define their GWI population. Any case definition must recognize the multi-symptom nature of GWI. NOTE: The 2008 report of the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, Gulf War Illness and the Health of Gulf War Veterans, provides information on GWI case definitions (pp. 29-30, p. 57), previous treatment research in Gulf War veterans (pp. 36-39), and treatment research related to other multi-symptom conditions (pp. 285-287). The report is available online at: Given the emphasis on innovation of the ITEA, applications are not required to include preliminary data. If preliminary data is provided, it does not necessarily have to come from the GWI research field. Whether or not preliminary data is included in the application, the proposed research project should be based on sound scientific rationale that is established through logical reasoning and critical review and analysis of the literature. If there is significant preliminary and preclinical data reflecting considerable development of a treatment with applicability to GWI, the application would not be deemed innovative in keeping with the intent of the ITEA. In this case, investigators are encouraged to apply to the GWIRP CTA, which supports Phase II or Phase III clinical trials ( Funding from this award mechanism must support a clinical trial and may not be used for preclinical research studies. A clinical trial is defined as a prospective accrual of human subjects where an intervention (e.g., device, drug, biologic, surgical procedure, rehabilitative modality, behavioral intervention, or other) is tested on a human subject for a measurable outcome with respect to exploratory information, safety, effectiveness, and/or efficacy. This outcome represents a direct effect on the human subject of that intervention or interaction. PIs interested in funding for a preclinical research project should consider the GWIRP Investigator- Initiated Research Award ( The term "human subjects" is used in this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity to refer to individuals who will be recruited for or who will participate in the proposed clinical trial. For more information on clinical research, a Human Subject Resource Document is provided at If the proposed study involves the use of a drug that has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its clinical investigational use, an Investigational New Drug (IND) application must be submitted to the FDA within 60 days of award. If the proposed study involves an Investigational Device that has not been approved or cleared by FDA for its clinical investigational use, the study may be required to comply with FDA Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) regulations. If applicable, the IDE application must be submitted within 60 days of award. The Government reserves the right to withdraw funding if the status of the submitted IND or IDE application has not been determined within 6 months of the award date. The following are important aspects of submission for the Innovative Treatment Evaluation Award: - The proposed clinical trial is expected to begin no later than 12 months after the award date. - The proposed intervention to be tested should offer significant potential impact for ill Gulf War veterans. - It is expected that the intervention, drug, or device to be used in the proposed trial will be available in sufficient quantities and ready for clinical trials at the time that the award is made. - The proposed research project must be based on sound scientific rationale that is established through logical reasoning and critical review and analysis of the literature. - PIs must demonstrate availability of and access to a suitable Gulf War veteran population that will support a meaningful outcome for the study. Discuss how accrual goals will be achieved and how standards of care may impact the study population. PIs are encouraged to collaborate with an investigator who has demonstrated access to a population of ill and healthy Gulf War veterans, particularly investigators within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. - The proposed clinical trial should include clearly defined and appropriate endpoints. - The application should include a clearly articulated statistical analysis plan, appropriate to the study design. Include a power analysis reflecting sample size projections that will clearly answer the objectives of the study. - The application should include a study coordinator(s) who will guide the clinical protocol through the local Institutional Review Board (IRB) of record and other regulatory approval processes, coordinate activities from all sites participating in the trial, and coordinate participant accrual, as appropriate to the study design. - The application should include a Transition Plan (including potential funding and resources) showing how the product will progress to the next clinical trial phase after the successful completion of the award. - The application should provide evidence of institutional support.
Federal Grant Title: DOD Gulf War Illness Innovative Treatment Evaluation Award
Federal Agency Name: Dept of the Army USAMRAA
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: W81XWH-12-GWIRP-ITEA
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement Grant
CFDA Numbers: 12.420
CFDA Descriptions: Military Medical Research and Development
Current Application Deadline: Jul 24, 2012
Original Application Deadline: Jul 24, 2012
Posted Date: Mar 10, 2012
Creation Date: Mar 10, 2012
Archive Date: Aug 23, 2012
Total Program Funding: $1,440,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $0
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $0
Expected Number of Awards: 2
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"
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