DoD Gulf War Illness New Investigator Award

The summary for the DoD Gulf War Illness New Investigator Award grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Dept of the Army USAMRAA, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
DoD Gulf War Illness New Investigator Award: The GWIRP New Investigator Award mechanism was first offered in FY14. Since then, 33 New Investigator Award applications have been received, and 12 have been recommended for funding.
The intent of the GWIRP New Investigator Award 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. Previous experience in GWI research is allowed, but not required. However, Principal Investigators (PIs) with a limited background in GWI research are strongly encouraged to strengthen their applications through collaboration with investigators who are experienced in GWI research and/or possess other relevant expertise. It is the PI’s responsibility to describe how the collaboration(s) will augment his/her ability to address the research question.
All applicants for the New Investigator Award must meet specific eligibility criteria under one of the following categories, as described in Section I.D., Eligibility Information.
 Transitioning Postdoctoral Fellow
 Early-Career Investigator
 New GWI Researcher
The New Investigator Award is designed to promote new ideas in GWI research and establish proof-of-principle for further development in future studies. Basic through clinical research is allowed under this award mechanism. The types of studies that will be supported include those aimed at identification of objective measures (e.g., biomarkers) to distinguish healthy Veterans from those with GWI, studies to improve the understanding of the pathobiology underlying symptoms, and preclinical development of interventions for GWI. Applications are not required to include preliminary data; however, preliminary data may be used to support the objectives of proposed project. These data are not required to have come from the GWI research field. Applications not supported by preliminary data should be based on sound scientific rationale and may reflect clinical observations or discoveries made in other illnesses. Regardless of the approach, the focus should be clearly on Veterans with GWI. It is the responsibility of the PI to clearly and explicitly articulate the project’s potential impact on GWI.
Applications Proposing Biomarker Research: Applicants must present a rationale for why the proposed markers would be specific for GW-related exposures and not induced by independent factors or events unrelated to Gulf War deployment. Investigation involving derivation of markers from animal models does not address the intent of the biomarker focus area under this award.
Research involving human subjects is permitted under this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity but is restricted to studies without clinical trials. 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. For more information about distinguishing clinical trials from clinical research, a Human Subject Resource Document is provided at Program_Announcements_and_Forms/. PIs interested in applying for funding for a clinical trial should use the FY16 GWIRP Treatment Evaluation Award mechanism. For information about that mechanism, see Retrospective studies or other non-interventional study designs are acceptable under the New Investigator Award.
Studies whose principal focus is on psychiatric disease or psychological stress as the primary cause of GWI will not be funded under this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity.
Federal Grant Title: DoD Gulf War Illness New Investigator Award
Federal Agency Name: Dept of the Army USAMRAA
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: W81XWH-16-GWIRP-NIA
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement, Grant
CFDA Numbers: 322393
CFDA Descriptions: Military Medical Research and Development
Current Application Deadline: Oct 20, 2016
Original Application Deadline: Oct 20, 2016
Posted Date: May 13, 2016
Creation Date: May 13, 2016
Archive Date: Nov 19, 2016
Total Program Funding: $2,400,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $0
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $0
Expected Number of Awards: 3
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"
Grant Announcement Contact
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