U.S. CDMRP – Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program | Research Funding


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Date 22.05.2024
Category Call for proposal

Through the Congressionally Directed Alzheimer’s Research Program (CDMRP), the Department of Defense is announcing the 2024 Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program (PRARP) Awards. The PRARP prioritizes efforts aimed at improving diagnosis and prognosis now – including methods, technologies, patient access and education, and accuracy.

Several award programs are available:

The intent of the Transforming Care Award (TrCA) is to support research that provides answers and solutions in critical areas to improve quality of life, reduce caregiver burden and stress, reduce health disparities, and increase support for the individual with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD), their care partner/caregiver, and/or both, as well as the impact on families and/or communities. For this mechanism, “family” is broadly defined as the family of choice and/or the family of origin. Additionally, the TrCA definition of “care” does not include medical care (such as medical interventions administered by a physician), as the care landscape extends beyond that of medical interventions to be inclusive of research into integration, education, and support.

The Transforming Diagnosis Award (TrDA) is intended to improve diagnosis now. Proposed projects must build knowledge, capacity, technology, and/or research to reduce or overcome important barriers to obtaining a diagnosis, meaningful disease monitoring, and accurate prognosis. Barriers could include, but are not limited to, technologies, cost, equitable patient access, applicability, structural and social determinants of health, clinical implementation, relationship to clinical outcome measures, biomarker validation, lack of longitudinal data to inform prediction/prognosis, and more. The investigator must clearly attune their project to provide true benefit to people living with AD/ADRD diagnoses and their families.

  • The Transforming Research Award (TrRA): To meet the intent of the funding opportunity, applications must robustly address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in prevention and risk reduction. The proposed research may include, but is not limited to, exploring questions in the following areas:
    • Identification of risk factors (environmental, genetic, epigenetic, lifestyle, etc.).
    • Identification and implementation of strategies to reduce AD/ADRD risk and prevent cognitive problems following TBI and/or military service.
    • Understanding the role of social determinants of health in risk reduction.
    • Informational (not descriptive) epidemiology to understand environmental and other factors that contribute to development of AD/ADRD.
  • Transforming Care Award: $1.4 M – $1.6M
  • Transforming Diagnosis Award: max. $2.0 M
  • Transforming Research Award: max. $1.0M                                             
  • Transforming Care Award: max 4 years
  • Transforming Diagnosis Award: max 4 years
  • Transforming Research Award : max 3 years
Applicants from international organizations or institutions are eligible to apply, and there are no citizenship restrictions.
  • Single Principal Investigator (PI) Option:  Independent investigators at all career levels (or equivalent).
  • Career Initiation or Transition Partnering PI Option (CIT):
    • Initiation investigators must have at least 3 years research experience beyond a terminal degree but no more than 7 years within their first independent research position
    • Transition investigators may be at any level, but new to either the Alzheimer’s disease/Alzheimer’s disease related dementias (AD/ADRD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI) fields
How to Apply:
Pre-applications are submitted through the eBRAP platform. They should contain contact information, a letter of intent, and a list of collaborators and key personnel as suggested on the platform. Full applications will be made via a Grants.gov workspace.

Grants.gov Funding Opportunity Numbers: Pre-Application Deadline:  
  • Pre-Application (Letter of Intent): 22 May 2024, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time
  • Full Application Deadline: 20 June 2024, 11:59 p.m. Eastern time
Further information:
  • To find the full program announcements and to start your pre-application, see here
  • A useful summary table of each call is available here
  • Grants.gov Funding Opportunity Numbers:
For questions about the eBRAP or Grants.gov platforms, contact the Research Office.

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


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