Department of Defense

US Department of Defense Funding Opportunities

The three service branches of the military – Army, Navy, and Air Force – all have research offices and budgets that fund basic and applied research projects.   There are peculiarities and unique hurdles associated with all of the DOD funding mechanisms, but with the right preliminary work you may be able to take advantage of the opportunities offered.   If you have specific questions about a program or need assistance contacting the appropriate Program Officer, contact Kate Von Holle, Director of Federal Research Development, at kvonholle@uchicago.edu.  

  • Click here to view the presentation provided by Kate Von Holle, Director of Federal Research programs.
  • Click here to view the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) presentation.

Current Opportunities

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)  - Ovarian Cancer Research Program

The OCRP supports patient-centered research to prevent, detect, treat, and cure ovarian cancer. Although not required, investigators are encouraged to address one of the FY17 Areas of Encouragement in their applications:

  • Novel therapies and associated predictive biomarkers
  • Non-invasive surveillance and assessment of disease
  • Treatment resistance
  • Immunotherapy
  • Etiology, epidemiology, and prevention
  • Early detection
  • Rare subtypes
  • Host-tumor interactions
  • Survivorship and quality of life

Pilot Award

Clinical Development Award

Investigator-Initiated Research Awards

Ovarian Cancer Academy – Early-Career Investigator Award

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) - Prostate Cancer Research Program

Physician Research Award

Early Investigator Research Award

Clinical Consortium Award

Prostate Cancer Pathology Resource Network Award

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)  Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP) 

Applications must address at least one of the seven Areas of Emphasis listed below:

  • Identify, develop, or optimize noninvasive or minimally invasive tools to improve the detection of the initial stages of lung cancer, such as, but not limited to, optimizing strategies for management of indeterminate nodules.
  • Identify, develop, and/or build upon already existing tools for screening or early detection of lung cancer. Screening may include, but is not limited to, imaging modalities, biomarkers, genetics /genomics /proteomics/ metabolomics /transcriptomics, and assessment of risk factors.
  • Understand the molecular mechanisms of initiation and progression to clinically significant lung cancer.
  • Identify innovative strategies for prevention and treatment of early and/or localized lung cancer.
  • Understand predictive and prognostic markers to identify responders and nonresponders.
  • Understand susceptibility or resistance to treatment.
  • Understand contributors to lung cancer development other than tobacco

Concept Award

Career Development Award

Idea Development Award

Investigator-Initiated Translational Research Award

Translational Research Partnership Award

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) - Other Research Programs

Multiple Sclerosis Research Program Exploration – Hypothesis Development Award

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) Research Program:  Clinical Translational Research Award

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) Research Program:  Exploration- Hypothesis Development Award

Vision Research Program Technology - Therapeutic Development Award

Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program Discovery Award


Office of Naval Research: FY 2018 Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)

Air Force Office of Scientific Research:  FY 2018 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

Dept. of the Army -- USAMRAA - Combat Casualty Care Research Program:  Precision Trauma Care Research Award

US Army United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC): FY17 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Extramural Medical Research

Office of Naval Research (ONR):  Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology