Released: April 18, 2016

Defense Health Program
Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (PH/TBI) Research Program
Upcoming Funding Opportunity

The FY16 Defense Appropriations Act provides $125 million (M) to the Department of Defense FY16 Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (PH/TBI) Research Program to support innovative research committed to complement and further ongoing DoD efforts to ensure the health and readiness of our military forces. As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency, Research, Development and Acquisition (DHA RDA) Directorate manages the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) with strategic oversight from Joint Program Committee 5 (JPC5)/Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP).

The PH/TBI Research Program is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop applications. The Cognitive Resilience and Readiness Research Award (CR3A) Program Announcement and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanism are anticipated to be posted on the website in May 2016. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the government.

Award Mechanism Eligibility Key Mechanism Elements Funding
The Cognitive Resilience and Readiness Research Award (CR3A) Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent)
  • A pre-application is required; application submission is by invitation only
  • The FY16 CR3A intent is to support applied and clinical biomedical research focused on the biomedical basis of cognitive resilience and readiness in Service members.
  • The Program Announcement seeks research applications intended focused on (a) tools and strategies to confer robustness and adaptability in cognitive performance and (b) translation of cognitive resilience to military operational performance and Service member health.
  • The anticipated funding limit is $3M total costs.
  • The anticipated maximum period of performance is 3 years.

A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) at prior to the pre-application deadline. All applications must conform to the final Program Announcements and General Application Instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from A listing of all CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

Full applications must be submitted through the federal government's single-entry portal, Submission deadlines are not available until the Program Announcement is released. For email notification when Program Announcements are released, go to the CDMRP website ( and select Subscribe to Funding Opportunities & Program Communications. For more information about the PH/TBI or other CDMRP managed programs, please visit the CDMRP website (

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