Released: December 24, 2019

Department of Defense Military Burn Research Program
Anticipated Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20)

The FY20 Defense Appropriation Act provides $10 million to the Department of Defense Military Burn Research Program (MBRP) to support a research portfolio in the treatment of burns and the trauma associated with burn injuries sustained during combat or combat-related activities. Outcomes of successful research are anticipated to benefit Service members, Veterans, and the general public.  The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC).

The MBRP is providing the information in this pre-announcement to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY20 funding opportunity. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government. The FY20 MBRP Program Announcement and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanism will be posted on the website. Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcement is released. 

The MBRP encourages applications that propose research that advances the development or refinement of interventions, technologies, or knowledge projects that will enable non-medical personnel or medical first responders to provide appropriate burn care closer to the point of injury to enhance the potential for better long-term outcomes. Applications submitted to the FY20 MBRP must address at least one of the following Focus Areas:   

  • Burn care solutions for use by non-medical first responders in a Prolonged Field Care (PFC) scenario.
  • Burn care solutions for use by the medical first responder in the pre-hospital setting (not necessarily in a PFC scenario).

Award Mechanism Eligibility Key Mechanism Elements Funding
Clinical Translational Research Award Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent) may be named as PI in the application.
  • Supports clinical research projects that are likely to have a major impact on therapy by applying promising and well-founded laboratory, pre-clinical, or clinical research findings to the care of the burn-injured patient.
  • The proposed study must include clinical research, and may include initial proof of concept trials, studies involving use of human anatomical substances, observational studies, and/or involve some retrospective data analysis.
  • Large randomized clinical trials are discouraged.
  • Preliminary data is required.
  • Animal research is not allowed.
  • Pre-application is required; application submission is by invitation only.
  • Maximum funding of $1.5 million (M) for total costs (direct costs plus indirect costs)
  • Maximum period of performance is 4 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 Announcement and General Application Instructions that will be available for electronic downloading from the website. The application package containing the required forms for the award mechanism will also be found on A listing of all CDMRP and other USAMRDC extramural funding opportunities can be obtained on the website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420. 

Submission deadlines are not available until the Program Announcements are released. For email notification when Program Announcements are released, subscribe to program-specific news and updates under “Email Subscriptions” on the eBRAP homepage at For more information about the MBRP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (

Point of Contact:

CDMRP Public Affairs