DoD Gulf War Illness, Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award

Department of Defense Dept. of the Army -- USAMRAA
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W81XWH-20-GWIRP-TBTA

The FY20 GWIRP Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award supports large-scale, pivotal (e.g., Phase IIb-III) clinical trials that will revolutionize the clinical management of GWI. The Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award targets the “Confirmation” phase of the research pipeline as outlined in Section II.A.2. The proposed research should lead to an approach that is fundamentally better than interventions already approved or in clinical development. Objective biomarkers to measure the biological effect of an investigational therapeutic or predictive/cohort-selective biomarkers that indicate whether a specific therapy will be effective in an individual Gulf War Veteran or Gulf War Veteran subgroup must be included in the trial design.Development of markers for the purposes of diagnosis, prognosis, or measurement of disease progression without consideration of the therapeutic development process will not be supported.Principal Investigators (PIs) are expected to have experience in successfully leading large-scale projects and demonstrated ability (through personal experience or via a commitment from a collaborating clinical investigator) to implement a clinical project successfully.Funding from this award mechanism must support a clinical trial. Investigators seeking funding for a preclinical research project should consider one of the other FY20 GWIRP Program Announcements being offered.For proposed research that will require U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) involvement, project readiness requirements at the time of application submission include: proof of availability of and access to clinical reagents (e.g., therapeutics) that meet regulatory compliance guidelines, proof of availability of and access to appropriate subject population(s), validated projections for patient recruitment, and submission of an Investigational New Drug (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application to the FDA that meets all requirements under the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, Part 312 (21 CFR 312). It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide evidence from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of record or the FDA if an IND or IDE is not required.If an IND is required, the IND application must be submitted to the FDA by the FY20 GWIRP Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award application submission deadline. The IND should be specific for the product (i.e., the product should not represent a derivative or alternate version of the investigational agent described in the IND application) and indication to be tested in the proposed clinical trial. For more information on IND applications, the FDA has provided guidance at https://www.fda.gov/drugs/developmentapprovalprocess/ howdrugsaredevelopedandapproved/approvalapplications/investigationalnewdrugindapplication/default.htm.If an IDE is required, the IDE application must be submitted to the FDA by the FY20 GWIRP Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award application submission deadline. The IDE should be specific for the device (i.e., should not represent a derivative or modified version of the device described in the IDE application) and indication to be tested in the proposed clinical trial.Refer to Attachment 8, Regulatory Strategy, for additional details on documentation of FDA applications. The Government reserves the right to withdraw funding if an IND or IDE application and/or international regulatory application is necessary but has not been submitted prior to the application submission deadline.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 FY20 GWIRP are encouraged to contribute Gulf War Veteran biospecimens and data to this repository network. The FY20 GWIRP Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award offers a nested Biorepository Contribution Option with higher levels of funding for qualified applications as described in Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions. See Attachment 13, Options Statements for additional submission requirements. Applicants interested in collaborating with this network should refer to the GWIRP Supported Initiatives 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 I and II 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 FY20 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 collaboration from the GWICTIC is required, outlining the services that will be shared to bring value to the Government. The FY20 GWIRP Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award offers a nested Clinical Consortium Collaboration Option with higher levels of funding for qualified applications as described in Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions. See Attachment 13, Options Statements for additional submission requirements.The following are important aspects of the GWIRP Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award, in addition to the items outlined above: Preliminary Data: Inclusion of preliminary data from the field of GWI relevant to the proposed clinical trial is required. Start Time: The proposed clinical trial is expected to begin no later than 12 months after the award date, or 18 months after the award date for FDA-regulated studies.• Recruitment Plan and Milestones: The application must include a sound subject recruitment and retention plan and demonstrate availability of and access to a suitable Gulf War Veteran population that will support a meaningful, statistically significant outcome for the study. A resource containing guidance for successful access to Gulf War Veterans titled, “General Guidance for Gulf War Veteran Subject Outreach and Recruitment,” can be found on the GWIRP webpage at https://cdmrp.army.mil/gwirp/pdfs/ General%20_Guidance_for_Gulf_War_Veteran_Outreach_and_Recruitment.pdf. Successful applicants will work with USAMRAA to establish milestones for human subject recruitment. Continued support for the project will be based upon satisfactory progress in meeting the established milestones. Therapeutic Access: The application should demonstrate availability of and access to the drug/compound, device, and/or other materials needed, as appropriate, for the proposed duration of the study. The quality and stability of the product should be documented and commensurate with current FDA manufacturing standards applicable to the type and phase of product being developed (i.e., Quality System Regulation, Good Manufacturing Practice [GMP] guidelines). FDA Experience: If applicable, the application should demonstrate experience on the study team in interacting with the FDA, including previous FDA submissions. Statistical Analysis Plan: The application should include a clearly articulated statistical analysis plan, demonstrate appropriate statistical expertise on the research team, and include a power analysis reflecting sample size projections that will answer the objectives of the study. Safety Management Plan: The application should include a clearly articulated safety management plan outlining how safety pharmacovigilance will be conducted, as applicable. Clinical Monitoring Plan: The application should include a clearly articulated clinical monitoring plan outlining how the study will be monitored for Good Clinical Practice (GCP) compliance. Data Management Plan: The application should include a clearly articulated data management plan and use of an appropriate database to safeguard and maintain the integrity of the data. If FDA-regulated, the trial must use a 21 CFR 11-compliant database and appropriate data standards. For more on data standards, see https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DevelopmentApprovalProcess/ FormsSubmissionRequirements/ElectronicSubmissions/UCM511237.pdf. Study Coordinator: The application should include a study coordinator(s) who will guide the clinical protocol through the local IRB of record and other Federal agency regulatory approval processes, coordinate activities from all sites participating in the trial, and coordinate participant accrual. Transition Plan: The application should include a Transition Plan (including potential funding and resources) showing how the product will progress to the next clinical trial phase and/or delivery to Veterans suffering from GWI after the successful completion of the FY20 GWIRP Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award. Institutional Support: The application should clearly demonstrate strong institutional support and, if applicable, a commitment to serve as the FDA regulatory sponsor, ensuring all sponsor responsibilities described in 21 CFR 312, Subpart D, are fulfilled. NIH Clinical Trials.gov Registration: Funded clinical trials are required to register the study in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical trials registry, www.clinicaltrials.gov, prior to initiation of the study. Refer to the General Application Instructions, Appendix 1, Section C, for further details. Costs/Budget: The requested budget must be commensurate with the phase and size of the trial proposed.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 FY20 GWIRP Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award will not exceed $5,000,000. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information.Awards will be made no later than September 30, 2021. For additional information refer to Section II.F.1, Federal Award Notices.The CDMRP expects to allot approximately $8,000,000 to fund approximately one Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award application. 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 FY20 funding opportunity will be funded with FY20 funds, which will expire for use on September 30, 2026.
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W81XWH-20-GWIRP-TBTA

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