DoD Military Burn, Technology/Therapeutic Development Award

The MBRP Technology/Therapeutic Development Award is a product-driven award mechanism intended to provide support for the translation of promising preclinical findings into products for clinical application that address one or more of the critical gaps included in the FY22 MBRP TTDA Focus Areas.

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under development must be relevant to military application and address the needs of military Service Members, Veterans, and/or beneficiaries.The product(s) to be developed may be a tangible item such as a pharmacologic agent (including, but not limited to, drugs or biologics); or device-focused.

Knowledge products may be considered, provided that the knowledge is applicable to a technology or therapeutic under development.

(A “knowledge product” is a non-materiel product that addresses an identified need in one or more of the FY22 MBRP TTDA Focus Areas, is based on current evidence and research, aims to transition into medical practice, training, tools, or to support materiel solutions [systems to develop, acquire, provide, and sustain medical solutions and capabilities], and educates or impacts behavior throughout the continuum of care, including primary prevention of negative outcomes.) The Principal Investigator (PI) must provide a transition plan (including potential funding and resources; see Attachment 7:
Transition Plan and Regulatory Strategy) showing how the product will progress to the next level of development (e.g., clinical trials, delivery to the military or civilian market) after the completion of the MBRP award.

At the time of pre-application submission the proposed product must be at a minimum technology readiness level (TRL) or knowledge readiness level (KRL) of 3 (Appendix 2).Proof-of-concept and prototype/preliminary version of the proposed product demonstrating the potential utility of the proposed product must be established at the time of pre-application submission.

Applications must include relevant data that support the rationale for the proposed study.

These data may be unpublished and/or from the published literature.This award mechanism is intended to facilitate progression of research that is supported by significant preliminary data but has not yet advanced to the level of clinical use.

Examples of the types of research that may be supported include, but are not limited to:• Testing new therapeutic or technologic modalities (ex:
agents, delivery systems, chemical modification of lead compounds, device testing and/or validation) using established or validated preclinical systems• Designing pilot or full-scale Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) production of therapeutics and/or technologies for use in advanced preclinical studies• Developing pharmacologic agents through absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and toxicity studies• Investigational New Drug (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) enabling studiesThe types of awards made under the program announcement will be assistance agreements.

An assistance agreement is appropriate when the federal government transfers a “thing of value” to a “state, local government,” or “other recipient” to carry out a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by a law of the United States instead of acquiring property or service for the direct benefit and use of the U. S. government.

An assistance agreement can take the form of a grant or cooperative agreement.

The level of involvement on the part of the Department of Defense (DOD) during project performance is the key factor in determining whether to award a grant or cooperative agreement.

If “no substantial involvement” on the part of the funding agency is anticipated, a grant award will be made (31 USC 6304).

Conversely, if substantial involvement on the part of the funding agency is anticipated, a cooperative agreement will be made (31 USC 6305), and the award will identify the specific substantial involvement.

Substantial involvement may include, but is not limited to, collaboration, participation, or intervention in the research to be performed under the award.

The award type, along with the start date, will be determined during the negotiation process.The anticipated total costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY22 MBRP TTDA Award will not exceed $ 2. 21M.

Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information.Awards will be made no later than September 30, 202 3. For additional information refer to Section II.F.1, Federal Award Notices.The CDMRP expects to allot approximately $ 4. 42M to fund approximately two Technology/ Therapeutic Development Award applications.

Funding of applications received is contingent upon the availability of federal funds for this program as well as the number of applications received, the quality and merit of the applications as evaluated by scientific and programmatic review, and the requirements of the government.

Funds to be obligated on any award resulting from this funding opportunity will be available for use for a limited time period based on the fiscal year of the funds.

It is anticipated that awards made from this FY22 funding opportunity will be funded with FY22 funds, which will expire for use on September 30, 202 8. Impact:
The overall impact of the proposed product is a key component of this award mechanism.

The applicability to one of the FY22 MBRP Focus Areas should be clearly described.

Investigators must describe the potential impact of the research, both short-term and long-term, on the lives of burn-injured individuals.

High-impact research will, if successful, lead to the development and translation of therapeutic or technologic advances for clinical application in the care of burn-injured casualties, such as prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, or standards of care, and promoting positive long-term outcomes for military health and medicine, as well as the general public.Relevance to Military Health:
Relevance to the healthcare needs of military Service Members, Veterans, military beneficiaries, and/or the American public is a key feature of this award.

Investigators are encouraged to consider the following characteristics as examples of how a project may demonstrate relevance to military health:• Explanation of how the project addresses an aspect of burn injuries relevant to the military• Description of how the therapy, technology, or knowledge gained from the proposed research could be implemented to address a military needUse of DOD or Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Resources:
If the proposed research involves access to active-duty military or VA patient populations and/or DOD or VA resources or databases, the application must describe the access at the time of submission and include a plan for maintaining access as needed throughout the proposed research.

Refer to Section II.D.

2. b.ii, Full Application Submission Components, for detailed information.

Refer to the General Application Instructions, Appendix 1, for additional information.

Applicants are encouraged to integrate and/or align their research projects with DOD and/or VA research laboratories and programs.

Collaboration with DOD or VA investigators is also encouraged.

A list of websites that may be useful in identifying additional information about ongoing DOD and VA areas of research interest or potential opportunities for collaboration can be found in Appendix 3. Clinical trials and clinical research studies are not permitted under this award mechanism.

Projects involving the use of human anatomical specimens are permitted, provided that the use of such specimens is necessary for device validation, or in vitro or ex vivo studies.

Applicants proposing clinical research should consider submitting to the FY22 MBRP Clinical Translational Research Award mechanism.A clinical trial is defined as a research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of the interventions on biomedical or behavioral health-related outcomes.Clinical research is defined as:
(1) Patient-oriented research.

Research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator (or colleague) directly interacts with human subjects.

Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues that cannot be linked to a living individual.

Patient-oriented research includes:
(a) mechanisms of human disease, (b) therapeutic interventions, (c) clinical trials, and (d) development of new technologies.

(2) Epidemiologic and behavioral studies.

(3) Outcomes research and health services research.

Note:
Studies that meet the requirements for Institutional Review Board (IRB) Exemption 4 are not considered CDMRP-defined clinical research.

IRB Exemption 4 refers to research involving the collection or study of existing de-identified specimens or data, if these sources are publicly available.Rigor of Experimental Design:
All projects should adhere to accepted standards for rigorous study design and reporting to maximize the reproducibility and translational potential of preclinical research.

Core standards are described in Landis, S.C., et al., A call for transparent reporting to optimize the predictive value of preclinical research, Nature 2012, 490:187-191 (https://www.nature.com/articles/nature11556).

While these standards were written for preclinical studies, the basic principles of randomization, blinding, sample-size estimation, and data handling derive from well-established best practices in research and should be applied consistently across translational studies.

Projects that include research on animal models are required to submit Attachment 8, Animal Research Plan, as part of the proposal/ application package to describe how these standards will be addressed.

Applicants should consult the Animal Research:
Reporting In Vivo Experiments (ARRIVE) guidelines 2. 0 to ensure relevant aspects of rigorous animal research are adequately planned for and, ultimately, reported.

The ARRIVE guidelines 2. 0 can be found at https://arriveguidelines.org/arrive-guidelines.Research Involving Human Anatomical Substances, Human Subjects, or Human Cadavers:
All DOD-funded research involving new and ongoing research with human anatomical substances, human subjects, or human cadavers must be reviewed and approved by the USAMRDC Office of Research Protections (ORP), Human Research Protection Office (HRPO), prior to research implementation.

This administrative review requirement is in addition to the local IRB or Ethics Committee (EC) review.

Local IRB/EC approval at the time of submission is not required.

Allow up to 3 months to complete the HRPO regulatory review and approval process following submission of all required and complete documents to the HRPO.

Refer to the General Application Instructions, Appendix 1, and the Human Research Protections Office Resources and Overview document available on the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) “Funding Opportunities & Forms” web page (https://ebrap.org/eBRAP/public/Program.htm) for additional information.If the proposed research involves more than one institution, a written plan for single IRB review arrangements must be provided at the time of application submission or award negotiation.

The lead institution responsible for developing the master protocol and master consent form should be identified and should be the single point of contact for regulatory submissions and requirements.Research Involving Animals:
All research funded by the FY22 MBRP TTDA involving new and ongoing research with animals must be reviewed and approved by the USAMRDC ORP Animal Care and Use Review Office (ACURO), in addition to the local Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) of record.

IACUC approval at the time of submission is not required.

Allow at least 3 to 4 months for ACURO regulatory review and approval processes for animal studies.

Refer to the General Application Instructions, Appendix 1, for additional information.
Related Programs

Military Medical Research and Development

Department Of Defense


Agency: Department of Defense

Office: Dept. of the Army -- USAMRAA

Estimated Funding: $4,420,000


Who's Eligible





Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
Children, Youth, and Families at Risk 4-H Military Partnership Professional Development and Technical Assistance Program

Additional Information of Eligibility:
This program provides all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 2 American Indian Tribes, 5 U. S. Territories, and 3 Freely Associated States as identified in the authorizing statute with funding to address their own unique public health needs and challenges with innovative and locally defined methods.

Full Opportunity Web Address:
https://www.nifa.usda.gov/grants/funding-opportunities/cyfar-4-h-military-partnership-professional-development-technical

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Date Posted:
2022-05-20

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Archive Date:
2022-11-10




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