DoD Peer Reviewed Cancer Grant, Idea Award with Special Focus
The FY17 PRCRP Idea Award with Special Focus supports innovative, untested, high-risk/potentially high-reward concepts, theories, paradigms, and/or methods in cancer research that are relevant to active duty Service members, Veterans, other military beneficiaries, and the American public. The “Special Focus” of this award mechanism is on exposures, conditions, or circumstances that are unique to the military, disproportionately represented in a military beneficiary population, or may affect mission readiness.
Cancers or circumstances with cancer risk that may affect military families are of special importance to the care and well-being of the military for total mission readiness. The advancement of knowledge in cancer research, patient care, and/or treatment options in the Military Health System is critical to active duty Service members, Veterans, other military beneficiaries, and the American public. Military relevance should be articulated with respect to the overall Military Health System, the FY17 PRCRP Military Relevance Focus Areas, and the mission of the DHP and the FY17 PRCRP.
The Idea Award with Special Focus is not intended to support a logical progression of an already established research project. The proposed research approach should be innovative. Innovative research may introduce a new paradigm, challenge existing paradigms, look at existing problems from new perspectives, or exhibit other highly creative qualities. The proposed research project should include a well-formulated, testable hypothesis based on strong scientific rationale and study design.Inclusion of preliminary data is not required. This award is not intended to support ongoing research in the applicant’s laboratory; therefore, inclusion of preliminary data other than serendipitous findings or in very small amounts is not consistent with the exploratory nature of this award.
The outcome of research supported by this award should be the generation of robust preliminary data that can be used as a foundation for future research projects to understand the mechanisms of initiation or progression of cancer, the quality of life during and following cancer treatment, etc. The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY17 PRCRP Idea Award with Special Focus will not exceed $400,000. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information.