Military Medical Research and Development

The objectives of this program are to reduce illness and injury among U.S. military personnel on the battlefield through basic and applied medical research executed largely through grants and contracts with civilian educational and research institutions.

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Examples of Funded Projects

  1. Characterization and Utilization of Opioid-Like Hibernation Factors, $621K
  2. Analysis of Investigational Drugs in Biological Fluids, Method Development and Routine Assay, $2.4M
  3. Studies of Altered Response to Infection Induced by Severe Injury, $1.1M
  4. Mechanisms of Cutaneous Vesication, $862K.

Agency - Department Of Defense

The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.

Office - Commander, U. S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, Attn: SGRD-RMA-RC, Fort Detrick, Frederick, Maryland 21702-5014.

POC: Mr. Craig D.


Telephone: (301) 619- 2036.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Tel Aviv University $ 1,740,251   2018-09-302023-09-29
Johns Hopkins University, The $ 1,364,077   2018-09-302023-09-29
University Of Arizona $ 2,033,781   2018-09-012023-08-31
University Of Texas At Dallas $ 7,359,925   2018-08-012023-07-31
Massachusetts General Hospital, The $ 1,243,540   2019-07-012023-06-30
Icahn School Of Medicine At Mount Sinai $ 5,999,739   2019-05-012023-04-30
Spr Therapeutics, Inc. $ 5,963,728   2018-09-302022-09-29
Spr Therapeutics, Inc. $ 2,992,656   2018-09-302022-09-29
George Washington University, The $ 4,758,022   2018-09-302022-09-29
Wistar Institute Of Anatomy And Biology, The $ 803,700   2019-09-302022-09-29

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

Recipients are required to conform to their accepted research protocol and are usually required to submit some form of annual or project report.

Project support is limited to fundamental research which is defined as basic and applied research aimed at sustaining the technology base or understanding a biological- medical process, thereby providing a technological edge in solving complex biological-medical problems and countering future military medical threats.

Some grants are also awarded to support conferences and symposiums.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be a public, nonprofit institution/organization, other public institution/organization, private nonprofit institution/organization, specialized group, or quasi-public nonprofit institution/organization.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries are relatively independent investigators associated with an applicant organization.


Applicants must furnish evidence of legal authorization, financial and managerial capability as well as a certification of compliance with Federal, State, and local environmental laws, ordinances and regulations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Applicants should obtain a copy of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command's Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) which describes the full research program and includes necessary forms and instructions for proposal submissions. BAA's may be obtained by request in writing from U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, ATTN: MCMR-ACQ-BA, Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD 21702-5012. Pre-proposals are encouraged prior to submission of a formal application. (See also, search on Army Medical Command).

Award Procedures

Proposals are evaluated by in-house committee or by a combination of in-house and extramural review committees against the following factors: (1) Military and program relevance; (2) research objective; (3) scientific feasibility; (4) qualifications; (5) facilities; and (6) budget. The final stage of evaluation is the establishment of an order of merit in which all competing proposals are ranked on the basis of their respective military relevance and scientific merit evaluations. Award amount will be negotiated with those proposals recommended for acceptance. Awards depend upon the availability of funds and the priority which USAMRDC determines to exist at the time of award.


No overall program deadlines exist. Individual research areas may initiate deadlines which will be communicated upon review of the pre-proposal.


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Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Pre-proposals are normally reviewed within 60 to 120 days. Formal proposals are usually reviewed and notifications received within 6 months from submission. Grant award dates are normally within 6 months from notification.


Not applicable.


Once a grant is awarded, any follow-on research proposal is treated as a new request. Follow-on work should allow for the review time noted above.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no formula or matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The length of time for which support is requested should be consistent with the nature and complexity of the proposed research. The maximum period acceptable for a research proposal is 5 years. Funds are normally released on a quarterly basis.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly financial reports and a final financial transactions report, i.e., SF 272 are required.

Additionally, some grants may require midterm and/or final technical reports.


Defense Contract Audit Agency or Department of Health and Human Services Audit Agency with no specific frequency established.


Recipients are required to maintain records adequate to reflect the nature and extent of their costs and expenditures and to insure that the required cost of participation is achieved. Records must be maintained for 3 years following the date of submission of final reimbursement request for services rendered.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 est $140,000,000; FY 08 est not reported; and FY 09 est not reported. Note: No current information provided by Agency.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$100,000 to $5,000,000. Average: $650,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command Board Agency Announcement (BAA) available without cost from the sponsoring agency. OMB Circular Nos. A- 110 and A-122 are applicable to the project grants.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, Attn: SGRD-RMA-RC, Fort Detrick, Frederick, Maryland 21702-5014. POC: Mr. Craig D. Lebo. Telephone: (301) 619- 2036.

Headquarters Office

U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command, ATTN: MCMR-ACQ-BA, Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD 21702-5012. Telephone: (301) 619-7216.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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