US Department of Defense
Advancing Blast Injury Research to Protect and Heal Those Who Serve

Researcher Resources

This page provides a collection of information and links to research funding opportunities across the DoD and is provided as a resource to the research community.

All information and downloadable documents on this Website are published in good faith and for informational purposes only. Due to the dynamic and evolving nature of the World Wide Web, The Blast Injury Research Coordinating Office (BIRCO) will continue to monitor and update this page to ensure completeness and accuracy of the uploaded documents and external links.


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Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Small Business Programs

Maximizes opportunities for small businesses to contribute to national security by providing combat power for our troops and economic power for our nation.

For more information: Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Opportunities logo

Using the system makes it faster, easier and more cost effective for grant applicants to electronically interact with federal grant-making agencies. It also provides the following key benefits, among many others, to the grant community.

To access program announcements from US Army Medical Research and Development Command on Select "Search Grants" on the top left homepage ribbon and type in the keyword(s) - USAMRDC or USAMRAA.

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Broad Agency Announcement

The US Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) funds a broad range of extramural research programs. Awards can be contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements. Research proposals can be submitted to the command through the USAMRDC Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) which is open for limited timeframes.

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USAMRDC New Products and Ideas (NPI)

"The New Products and Ideas (NPI) website allows users to showcase their products for review by US Army Medical Research and Development Command subject matter experts. Submitters receive feedback in as little as 30 days. Some products currently in use by the military were first introduced through the NPI site."

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The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC)

The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) is a 501(c)(3) biomedical technology consortium collaborating under an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) that serves those who serve our nation.

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USAMRDC Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA)

The USAMRDC ORTA otherwise known as the Technology Transfer Office coordinates all intellectual property licensing on behalf of all US Army Medical Research and Development Command's subordinate laboratories from the federal sector to nonfederal parties.

The ORTA office at each subordinate laboratory coordinates Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Interagency Agreements (IAAs), Nondisclosure agreements (NDAs ), and other technology transfer transactions.

The Defense Health Agency is currently reviewing and updating the processes for the Concept Submission Program. If you have a concept you'd like to submit for consideration at this time, please email it to

The CDMRP fills research gaps by funding high impact, high risk, and high gain projects that other agencies may not venture to fund. While individual programs are unique in their focus, all the programs managed by the CDMRP share the common goal of advancing paradigm shifting research, solutions that will lead to cures or improvements in patient care, or breakthrough technologies and resources for clinical benefit. The CDMRP strives to transform healthcare for Service Members and the American public through innovative and impactful research.

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Epilepsy Research Program (ERP)

The ERP funds research to develop an understanding of the magnitude of posttraumatic epilepsy (PTE) within the military and to expand research into the basic mechanisms by which traumatic brain injury (TBI) produces epilepsy.

Example focus areas relevant to blast injury:

  • Epidemiological characterization and identification of risk factors for developing PTE following TBI
  • Identifying markers or mechanisms that address PTE
  • Development of new models or better characterization of existing models for PTE, including repetitive TBI

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Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program (JWMRP)

The JWMRP funds mature research projects close to yielding tangible benefits to military medicine. The JWMRP focuses on six program areas: Medical Simulation and Information Sciences, Military Infectious Diseases, Military Operational Medicine, Combat Causality Care, Radiation Health Effects, and Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine.

Example focus areas relevant to blast injury:

  • Simulation technology and medical training
  • Prophylactics and novel therapeutics to treat multi-drug resistant organisms in combat wound infections, countermeasures that prevent and mitigate Service Member injury
  • Development and validation of effective evidenced-based prevention, screening and assessment strategies, as well as treatment and rehabilitation interventions for concussion/mild traumatic brain injury
  • Identification and development of medical techniques and materiel (medical devices, drugs, and biologics) for early intervention in life-threatening battle injuries
  • Neuromusculoskeletal injury (including amputees), sensory systems (including balance, vision, and hearing), acute and chronic pain, and regenerative medicine

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Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

The PRMRP funds research across the entire spectrum of medical research toward improving the health and well-being of Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.

Example topic areas relevant to blast injury:

  • Acute Lung Injury
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Chronic Migraine and Post-Traumatic Headache
  • Metals Toxicology
  • Nanomaterials for Bone Regeneration
  • Non-Opioid Pain Management
  • Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Tinnitus

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health (TBIPHRP)

The TBIPHRP funds research efforts aimed at improving prevention, detection, and treatment of psychological health disorders and TBIs. Research funded by TBIPHRP spans the translation research spectrum from basic research to clinical trials.

Example focus areas relevant to blast injury:

  • Sensory Systems Traumatic Injury
  • Pain Management
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Injury Rehabilitation
  • Hearing Loss/Dysfunction, Balance Disorders, and/or Tinnitus
  • Vision Dysfunction

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Vision Research Program (VRP)

The VRP funds research efforts to improve and transform the care of military personnel affected by diseases and injuries of the eye. The program focuses on funding innovative, military-relevant research that addresses unmet clinical needs.

Example focus areas relevant to blast injury:

  • Preclinical animal studies to evaluate safety and/or efficacy of treatments or technologies to reduce/control scarring and/or pathological healing response(s) after military-relevant ocular/visual system injury
  • Preclinical animal studies to evaluate safety and/or efficacy of treatments or technologies returning form and function after traumatic injury to: (1) orbit and ocular tissues (optic nerve, retina, and uvea), (2) eyelid, and/or (3) adnexal structures
  • Preclinical studies in relevant animal models to develop and evaluate the safety and/or efficacy of an effective intra-vitreal agent for retinal detachment repair that does not expand during air evacuation
  • Development of technologies to identify the location of entrance wounds and rupture sites in traumatic eye injuries

Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine

CNRM's mission is to conduct cutting-edge science that improves the lives of service members with TBI. We perform a range of robust research - with an emphasis on clinical trials - that studies military-related TBI and its comorbidities. Our goal is to build a substantial evidence base that enhances the Department of Defense's guidelines for TBI diagnosis and treatment.

Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM)

DVCIPM logo DVCIPM's mission is to leverage the best available evidence, clinical expertise, and collaboration to develop and communicate consensus recommendations in support of Air Force, Army, Navy, and VA pain management practice, education, and research.

Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE)

EACE logo EACE is the leading advocate for research and treatment of DoD and VA patients with extremity trauma and amputation. Working with TRICARE, the Military Health System, VA, and other Centers of Excellence, the EACE will lead efforts to enhance collaboration between the DoD and the VA extremity trauma and amputation care providers and conduct scientific research to minimize the effects of traumatic injuries and improve clinical outcomes.

Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE)

HCE logo HCE fosters and promotes the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, rehabilitation, and research of hearing loss and auditory injury. The goal is to reduce the tangible and intangible costs of hearing loss and auditory injuries among US military personnel and Veterans. HCE works with the VA and leads the cooperative effort to meet its goal.

Joint Trauma System (JTS)

JTS' mission is to improve trauma readiness and outcomes through evidence-driven performance improvement. The JTS vision is that every Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine injured on the battlefield or in any theater of operations will be provided with the optimum chance for survival and maximum potential for functional recovery.

National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE)

The NICoE is dedicated to improving the lives of patients and families affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI) through collaborative efforts with patients, families, referring providers, and researchers. Since opening on June 24, 2010, in Bethesda, Maryland, we have established a reputation for excellence in TBI and brain health clinical care, research, and education.

Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE)

PHCoE logo PHCoE is uniquely positioned to collaborate across the DoD, VA, and other federal agencies to provide leadership and expertise, inform policy, and drive improvements in psychological health outcomes. The center maintains five core strategic priorities: support the services and combatant commands; improve care quality; increase access, reduce barriers, and encourage optimal use of psychological health resources; advance the science of psychological health; and foster organizational development.

Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence (TBICoE)

TBICoE works at the macro-level, screening and briefing service members heading into theater, performing pre-deployment provider training at military hospitals and clinics, gathering data mandated by Congress and DOD, and overseeing research programs. TBICoE develops educational materials for military and civilian providers, and for service members, veterans, and their families.

Vision Center of Excellence (VCE)

VCE logo VCE leads and advocates for programs and initiatives with the following three inter-related goals: to improve vision health, optimize readiness, and enhance quality of life for Service members and Veterans.

By working to improve vision health, optimizing readiness and enhancing quality of life for Service members and Veterans, VCE promotes collaboration, facilitates integration and serves as an advocate for vision across DoD and VA healthcare systems. Further collaborative efforts with other federal healthcare organizations, academia, and private sector organizations allow VCE to enhance development of VCE program priorities for research and quality care initiatives.

Last modified: 18-Jun-2019