DOD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs Workshop

April 07, 2021
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Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (image provided)

Office of Research Development hosted a 90-minute Department of Defense (DOD) Workshop with Colonel Sarah B. Goldman, Ph.D., Director of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command in April 2021.

The CDMRP originated in 1992 via a Congressional appropriation, 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 of 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.

This workshop reviewed several research programs including cancer, wound care, neuroscience, peer-reviewed Alzheimer’s, autism, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and psychological health, alcohol and substance abuse disorders, and the peer-reviewed medical research programs (42 topics-slide 9).

Additionally, three program officers, Melissa R. Miller Ph.D., Theresa J. Miller, Ph.D., and Orazio F. (Ray) Santullo, OD provided presentations describing research opportunities in their focus areas along with details related to the program cycle, the two-tier review process, investment strategy mechanisms, where to find funding opportunities, an overview of the eBRAP system, the submission process, and strategies for success.