DoD Gulf War Illness, Clinical Evaluation Award

Department of Defense Dept. of the Army -- USAMRAA
Posted on:

Application Deadline:

Expired

Type

Research/project funding

Reference Number

W81XWH-21-GWIRP-CEA

The FY21 GWIRP Clinical Evaluation Award supports translation of validated GWI research, including qualified and replicated preclinical findings, to a Gulf War Veteran population. The Clinical Evaluation Award targets the Verification phase of the research pipeline as outlined in Section II.A.2. Statistically powered biomarker trials with the potential to validate use of biomarkers as clinical endpoints or proof-of-concept intervention trials (e.g., pilot, first in human, phase 1-2a) are encouraged under this funding opportunity. Clinical trials may be designed to evaluate pharmacologic agents (drugs or biologics), devices, clinical guidance or other approaches, and technologies supported by strong objective evidence in the GWI field. While studies of treatments repurposed from other disorders sharing GWI symptomatology will be considered (with appropriate rationale), the FY21 GWIRP encourages studies that translate qualified results from the GWI research community. Biomarker investigations must expand preliminary findings in a GWI cohort large enough to produce a statistically meaningful outcome. Biomarker study outcomes shall provide validation of use as clinical endpoints in large-scale (phase 2b-3) clinical trials.Funding from this award mechanism must support research in a Gulf War Veteran population. Proof of availability and access to necessary cohort(s) and/or critical reagents must be provided. Applications must state a realistic timeline for clinical investigation.Investigators seeking funding for a preclinical research project should consider one of the other FY21 GWIRP program announcements being offered.The requested budget must be commensurate with the phase and size of the trial proposed. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions for detailed funding information.Biorepository Contribution Option: In FY17, the GWIRP awarded infrastructure support for a Gulf War Illness Biorepository. The Boston Biorepository, Recruitment, and Integrative Network (BBRAIN) for GWI has now been established for the retention and distribution of Gulf War Veteran biospecimens and/or data related to GWI research. Applicants to the FY21 GWIRP are encouraged to contribute Gulf War Veteran biospecimens and data to this repository network. The FY21 GWIRP Clinical Evaluation Award offers a Biorepository Contribution Option with higher levels of funding for qualified applications as described in Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions. For the application to qualify for a higher level of funding, the applicant must submit a Biorepository Contribution Statement (see Attachment 10) providing a detailed accounting of proposed costs and a commitment to work with protocols and standard operating procedures (SOPs) developed by the BBRAIN for quality assurance purposes. Applicants interested in collaborating with this network should refer to the Research Resources link (https://cdmrp.army.mil/gwirp/resources/gwirpresources) on the GWIRP website.Clinical Consortium Collaboration Option: In FY17, the GWIRP awarded a Clinical Consortium Award to create a network of institutions focused on designing and executing phase 1 and 2 clinical trials. The Gulf War Illness Clinical Trials and Interventions Consortium (GWICTIC) has now been established to investigate promising therapeutics for GWI. Applicants to the FY21 GWIRP are encouraged to make use of the established infrastructure of the GWICTIC, such as recruitment networks, existing protocols, Common Data Elements (CDEs), and data management procedures. Clinical Consortium Collaboration Option applications shall adhere to the GWICTIC policies and procedures with respect to biospecimens and data and therefore are not eligible to also submit under the Biorepository Contribution Option. A letter of commitment/collaboration from the GWICTIC is required, outlining the services that will be shared to bring value to the government. The FY21 GWIRP Clinical Evaluation Award offers a Clinical Consortium Collaboration Option with higher levels of funding for qualified applications as described in Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions. For the application to qualify for a higher level of funding, the applicant must submit a Clinical Consortium Collaboration Statement (see Attachment 10) providing a detailed accounting of proposed costs and a commitment to work with protocols and SOPs developed by the GWICTIC.Activities not supported under this Program Announcement include: Studies focusing on psychiatric disease or psychological stress as the primary cause of GWI or implementation of care guidelines placing significant emphasis on psychiatric pathologies or psychiatric remedies. Applications focusing on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. However, applications that focus on GWI symptomatology may include Gulf War Veterans with ALS if the latter disorder is included in the study’s GWI case definition. For those interested in pursuing ALS-focused studies, the CDMRP offers funding opportunities through the ALS Research Program (see https://cdmrp.army.mil/alsrp).The 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 direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY21 GWIRP Clinical Evaluation award will not exceed $1,500,000. If applying under the Biorepository Contribution Option, direct costs will not exceed $1,520,000. If applying under the Clinical Consortium Collaboration Option, direct costs will not exceed $1,700,000. Clinical Consortium Collaboration Option applications shall adhere to the GWICTIC policies and procedures with respect to biospecimens and data and therefore are not eligible to also submit under the Biorepository Contribution Option. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information.Awards will be made no later than September 30, 2022. For additional information refer to Section II.F.1, Federal Award Notices.The CDMRP expects to allot approximately $7.2M to fund approximately three Clinical Evaluation 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 FY21 funding opportunity will be funded with FY21 funds, which will expire for use on September 30, 2027.
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Posted on:

Application Deadline:

Expired

Type

Research/project funding

Reference Number

W81XWH-21-GWIRP-CEA

United States