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NIDCD Research Grants for Translating Basic Research into Clinical Tools (R01 Clinical Trials Optional)

RFA-DC-22-001: NIDCD Research Grants for Translating Basic Research into Clinical Tools (R01 Clinical Trials Optional)
NIH - National Institute on Aging (NIA) and National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication 
Disorders (NIDCD)
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to provide an avenue for basic 
scientists, clinicians and clinical scientists to jointly initiate and conduct translational 
research projects which translate basic research findings into clinical tools for better human 
health. The scope of this FOA includes a range of activities to encourage translation of basic 
research findings which will impact the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of communication 
disorders.  Connection to the clinical condition must be clearly established and the outcomes of 
the grant must have practical clinical impact.

Possible goals include, but are not limited to:

•     Biochemical, electrophysiological and behavioral assays to enhance diagnostic capabilities.
•     Pharmacology, toxicity, and pharmacokinetic for candidate therapeutics that have demonstrated 
potential for the treatment of communication disorders.
•     Preclinical animal research for dosage studies and toxicity when a subsequent Phase I/II 
clinical trial is planned.
•     Translation of new tools and techniques for better diagnostics or therapeutics, including but 
not limited to, neuroprosthetic devices, drug delivery devices, neuro-electrical stimulators and 
recording devices.
•     Translation of laboratory-based screening tests, including biomarkers into improved ways to 
identify individuals at risk for a communication disorder to allow for early intervention.
•     Translation of published basic research findings into new clinical tools to better target the 
treatment to the individual patient and to better predict patient response or prognosis.
•     Translation of discoveries from biological, psychological, social sciences and other related 
areas into innovative prevention and treatment paradigms and processes.
•     Modification of laboratory measures of function or laboratory treatment protocols for use in 
clinical settings.
Open Date (Earliest Submission Date): September 17, 2021
Letter of Intent Due Date(s): 30 days prior to the application due date
Application Due Date(s): October 20, 2021; June 20, 2022; February 22, 2023; October 18,
2023; June 20, 2024
Maximum Project Period: 5 years
Maximum Amount: NIDCD anticipates funding an estimated 2-3 awards in fiscal year 2022 for a total 
of $1,500,000.

Defense health program department of defense hearing restoration research program (HRRP) - Anticipated funding Opportunities for fy 21

Defense Health Program Department of Defense Hearing Restoration Research Program (HRRP) - Anticipated Funding Opportunities for FY21

Description: The FY21 Defense Appropriations Act provides funding to the DoD Hearing Restoration Research Program (HRRP) to support promising, necessary research for the treatment of auditory system injury ( The managing agent for the anticipated program announcements/funding opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC). This is a pre- announcement for the anticipated FY21 funding opportunity. The FY21 HRRP program announcement and General Application Instructions will be posted on the website.


Applications submitted to the FY21 HRRP must address one or more of the following Focus Areas:


·         Accelerate translation of biological regeneration/repair mechanisms into therapies that treat auditory system injury and restore auditory function. For example, but not limited to:

o    Hair cell regeneration/repair/recovery

o    Neural regeneration/repair/recovery

o    Treatment for synaptopathy and hidden hearing loss

·         Diagnostic tests that help differentiate sensory, neural, synaptic, and central processing disorders, that may inform applicability and outcomes for current or future hearing restoration therapeutics.

·         Develop reliable in-vitro human models to facilitate the understanding, derivation and characterization of human auditory cells, and/or to facilitate the evaluation of hearing restoration therapies.

·         Develop and/or validate techniques/methods beyond the audiogram to diagnose acute auditory system injury in austere or remote environments. For example, but not limited to, simple and rapid assessments that are compatible with portable platforms.


Pre-application will be required through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) at Pre-application and application deadlines will be available when the program announcement is released.


·         Funding Level 1 (exploratory, high-risk/high-reward): maximum period of performance 2 years, maximum funding $250,000

·         Funding Level 2 (supported by preliminary data): maximum period of performance 3 years, maximum funding $1M

·         Funding Level 2 w/pilot clinical trial: maximum period of performance 3 years, maximum funding $1.25M

 Full press release available at:

 Point of Contact: CDMRP Public Affairs, 301-619-9783, usarmy.detrick.medcom-cdmrp.mbx.cdmrp-

Military prototype advancement Initiative (MPAI)

MTEC-21-06-MPAI/W81XWH-15-9-0001: Military Prototype Advancement Initiative (MPAI)

To become a MTEC member: MTEC membership is required for submission to this RPP.

Description: This request for project proposals (RPP) solicits MTEC members for a broad range of medical prototype technical and knowledge solutions (medical techniques, knowledge products, medical devices, drugs, biologics) related to the following Focus Areas of interest:

       ·         Focus Area #1: Prolonged Field Care

         ·         Focus Area #2: Medical Readiness

         ·         Focus Area #3: Emerging Technologies

         ·         Focus Area #4: Maximizing Human Potential

         ·         Focus Area #5: Applied Medical Robotics and Machine Perception and Intelligence Systems

Focus areas of interest for this RPP include TBI treatment, objective diagnosis, prognosis, assessment in combat and prolonged care scenarios (FA1.7); medical criteria and brain injury-based thresholds for informing development of new tactical headborne systems and personal protection equipment against blast, ballistic, and blunt trauma threats (FA2.10); and repair, restore, preserve, mitigate, and maintain vision, hearing, balance (sensory system function) after combat-related threats including but not limited to directed energy exposure (FA4.3). FA4.3 is seeking research efforts to support the development of innovative strategies and technologies that may include medical devices, pharmaceuticals, rehabilitation strategies, and regenerative medicine-based approaches to treat, restore, and preserve spared tissue and function, and/or rehabilitate patients due to neurosensory related trauma.

Enhanced White papers must be new submissions to MTEC, with military relevance, aligned to a focus area of interest, minimum KRL/TRL 3, and fit prototype definition.

Enhanced White papers are due: June 17, 2021.

Funding amount and PlP are unspecified, with exceptions (see full announcement)  

Additional Information: 

MTEC intends to host multiple Proposers Conferences that will be conducted via webinar within several weeks of the release of the RPP and may include up to six (6) separate sessions.


·         Contractual/cost/pricing - MTEC Contracts Administrator,

·         Technical/membership questions – Dr. Lauren Palestrini,

·         Other questions – Ms. Kathy Zolman,

Open/Active DoD Broad Agency Announcements

U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) - W81XWH18SBAA1: This BAA is open through September 30, 2022. USAMRDC funds a broad range of extramural research programs through contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements. Proposals can be submitted through the USAMRDC Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) or through special USAMRDC BAA Announcements, which are open for limited timeframes. Additional information, the USAMRDC Broad Agency Announcement, and open special USAMRDC BAA Announcements can be obtained at: and

U.S. Air Force/AFRL - 711 HPW BAA: The Airman Readiness Medical Research (ARMR) Hybrid Broad Area Announcement (BAA) was released May 1, 2020, and will remain open for 72 months for medical research to optimize the warfighter by enabling, enhancing, restoring, and sustaining the Airman to more effectively execute the Air Force mission. This medical research objective aims to: (1) ensure medical availability of Airmen by analyzing attributes (sensory, behavioral, physiologic) and operational environments (chemical, physical, psychological, biological, radiological stressors) to drive optimal performance of Airmen engaged in high-demand, high-impact mission tasks (2) investigate how the flight environment affects the process of life, the ability to maintain homeostasis, and the risk for injury or secondary insult, seeking to ameliorate these stressors to optimize Airman health and performance.



U.S. Air Force/AFRL - BAA-AFRL-RQKHC-2016-0009 Aerospace Medicine, Clinical Research, Human Performance Research, and Expeditionary Medicine: This BAA will remain open for seventy-two (72) months with calls being released throughout the seventy-two (72) month period of performance.  The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) 711 Human Performance Wing in the School of Aerospace Medicine and Human Systems Integration Directorate solicits innovative research proposals in the following five research areas.
1. Force Health Protection – Focus on research to prevent injury and illness and the early recognition or detection of emerging threats. 2. EN Route Care –Continuum of care during transport of patients from point of injury to point of definitive care.
3. Operational Medicine (OM) – Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) sponsored OM encompasses interest in definitive diagnosis, care, and treatment in-garrison, to ensure the highest quality of healthcare for active duty members and their families.
4. Expeditionary Medicine - Improving expeditionary medical care during contingency operations including medical countermeasures against combat and operational stressors to maximize warrior health, performance, and well-being.
5. Human Performance and Systems Integration - Maximizing operational human performance for a fit and healthy force.



U.S. Military Academy Broad Agency Announcement - W911NF-20-S-0008: This BAA was released April 1, 2020, and is open until March 31, 2025. It seeks proposals for cutting- edge innovative research that could produce discoveries with significant impact to enable new and improved Army technologies and related operational capabilities in the areas of socio-cultural; information technology; ballistics, weapons and protections; energy and sustainability; materials, measurements, and facilities; unmanned systems and space; human support systems; and artificial intelligence, machine learning, and quantum technologies. The human support systems focus includes biomechanical engineering to enhance soldier readiness (human performance optimization, injury prediction/prevention, physical and cognitive augmentation, Return-to-Duty metrics, functional influence of prosthetics/exoskeletal devices) and wearable technologies and sensors to inform performance decisions (e.g., monitoring/assessment, injury prevention, recovery times). 

              See:  Military Academy BAA

NIDCD is Interested in Supporting Research on the Impact of COVID-19 on Mission Specific Sensory and Communication Disorders

NOT-DC-20-008: NIDCD is Interested in Supporting Research on the Impact of

COVID-19 on Mission Specific Sensory and Communication Disorders


Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) issued by the National Institute on Deafness and Other

Communication Disorders (NIDCD) (see:


NIDCD invites applications for research on COVID-19 in relation to NIDCD’s scientific programs of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. Given the early stage of COVID19 research, it is critical that there is a strong premise for research proposals submitted in response to this NOSI. When appropriate, NIDCD encourages multi-disciplinary approaches to move the research beyond in vitro and animal models. Areas of research encouraged through this NOSI include, but are not limited to:


  • Short- and long-term effects of COVID-19 on the auditory, vestibular, or olfactory systems
  • The prevalence, onset, and resolution of acquired deficits (i.e. HBTSVSL) among patients

    with COVID-19 across the lifespan and in association with various underlying genetic predispositions and health conditions

  • Potential ototoxicity from therapeutics or vaccination related to COVID-19
  • Worsening of communicative function because of physical distancing, sheltering in place,

    and wearing of protective personal equipment during mitigation of this infectious pandemic

  • Telehealth service delivery to individuals with communication disorders
  • Multidisciplinary collaborative teams including clinicians, basic biologists, geneticists,
    quantitative scientist, epidemiologists, or other researchers to study COVID-19 related
    human conditions and behaviors, bioethical considerations, health-service delivery,
    health services in low-resource areas, and health disparities within NIDCD mission areas


This notice applies to due dates on or after October 5, 2020 and subsequent receipt dates through September 8, 2022. Submit applications for this initiative using one of the following funding opportunity announcements or any reissues of these announcement through the expiration date of this notice: PA-18-334, PA-20-185, PA-20-184, PA-20-196, PA-20-195, PA-20-194, PA-19-270, PA-19-271, PA-19-273, PA-19-272.


For funding consideration, applicants must include “NOT-DC-20-008” (without quotation marks) in the Agency Routing Identifier field (box 4B) of the SF424 R&R form. Applications without this information in box 4B will not be considered for this initiative.


Scientific/Research Contact:


Bracie Watson, Jr. Ph.D.

NIDCD/Division of Scientific Programs

Telephone: 301-402-3458


Improving Outcomes for Disorders of Human Communication Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) issued by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

NOT-DC-20-007: Improving Outcomes for Disorders of Human Communication

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) issued by the National Institute on Deafness and Other

Communication Disorders (NIDCD) (see:

This NOSI seeks to encourage effectiveness and health services research for improved

outcomes in the prevention and treatment of disorders of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice,

speech, and language.


NIDCD effectiveness research seeks to measure, evaluate, and/or improve patient-centered

outcomes following intervention for communication disorders. Effectiveness research seeks to

determine to what degree an intervention works in patients/populations in general, real-world

settings, such as in diverse populations and diverse provider and clinical practice settings.


Health Services Research examines the impact of the organization, financing, and management

of health care services on the delivery, quality, cost, access to and outcomes of such services,

including demographic, social, economic, and health system factors as they relate to providing

preventive, screening, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative services and patient outcomes

of care. Research may focus on any/all of the different factors that impact access, utilization,

and quality as related to outcomes of health care services.


Applicants are encouraged to create collaborative teams which may include clinical experts not

only in the traditional NIDCD mission areas, but also in other medical specialties and health care

professions as well as experts in sociology, health services, health outcomes, economics,

biostatistics, public health, health care financing and organization, survey research,

psychometrics, epidemiology, and evaluation.


This notice applies to due dates on or after June 16, 2020 and subsequent receipt dates

through January 10 2022. Submit applications for this initiative using one of the following

funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) or any reissues of these announcement through

the expiration date of this notice: PA-18-334, PA-20-185, PA-20-184, PA-20-195, PA-20-194,

PAR-18-340, PA-19-272, PA-19-270, PA-19-273, PA-19-271.


For funding consideration, applicants must include “NOT-DC-20-007” (without quotation marks)

in the Agency Routing Identifier field (box 4B) of the SF424 R&R form. Applications without this

information in box 4B will not be considered for this initiative. For due dates after May 25,

2020, applicants must use "FORMS-F".


Scientific/Research Contact:


Kelly King, Au.D, Ph.D.

NIDCD/Division of Scientific Programs

Telephone: 301-402-3458


Army Research Office Broad Agency Announcement for Fundamental Research

Announcement: Funding


Type/Mechanism: Grant
Funding Opportunity Number: 

Application Open:  1 April, 2017 – 31 March 2022

Notes:  (See below for additional info)

Description: ARO is focused exclusively on extramural basic research, and is responsible for the vast majority of ARL’s extramural research programs and funding. Competencies are structured to create discovery, innovation, and transition of technologies leading to Power Projection Superiority, Information Supremacy, Lethality and Protection Superiority, and Soldier Performance Augmentation for Strategic Land Power Dominance. Proposals are expected to be for cutting-edge innovative research that could produce discoveries that would have a significant impact on enabling new and improved Army operational capabilities and related technologies. Specific research areas and topics of interest should be viewed as suggestive, rather than limiting. ARO is always interested in considering new innovative research concepts of relevance to the Army. Additional information about ARO areas of interest can be found on the ARL website:

Research areas of interest include

·        Life Sciences (Neurophysiology of Cognition/Multisensory Synthesis)

·        Intelligent Systems for Improved Decision Making (sensing, perception, situation awareness)

·        Biomathematics (modeling sensory processing, disease processes)

·        International Opportunities: Human Dimension, Big Data

This Funding Opportunity Announcement is a BAA. It is continuously open for a 5-year period, from 01 April 2017 closing 31 March 2022. Proposals will be considered until and including the closing date of this announcement.

There are no specific funding restrictions associated with this BAA. The proposed duration for which support is requested should be consistent with the nature and complexity of the proposed activity.

For more information,

NIDCD Clinical Research Center Grant (P50/Clinical Trial Optional)

Announcement: Grant
Title:  NIDCD Clinical Research Center Grant (P50/Clinical Trial Optional)
Award Organization: NICD
Type/Mechanism: Grant
Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-19-137
Award Amount: $1.5M/year 
Pre-proposals Due:  7 Jan, 2019
Full App Due: February 6, 2019; June 6, 2019; October 4, 2019; February 6, 2020; June 8, 2020; October 6, 2020; February 8, 2021; June 6, 2021; October 6, 2021

Description: The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) invites applications for Clinical Research Center Grants designed to advance the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and amelioration of human communication disorders.  For this announcement, Clinical Research is defined as research involving individuals with communication disorders or data/tissues from individuals with a communication disorder. Examples of such research include but are not limited to, studies of the prevention, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, management or epidemiology of a disease or disorder of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, or language.

Applications may propose a clinical trial but are not required (optional).  

Proposed research must meet 4 essential criteria:

1.  Must be clinical as defined above.
2.  Must have a well-defined central unifying theme consisting of three or more research projects with 1 or more supporting cores as appropriate; one core must be an administrative core.
3.  Each project must be unambiguously related to the central unifying theme. Synergistic and substantial interactions among the projects should be evident.
4.  Must provide multidisciplinary approaches to the central theme, defined as having research projects representing different disciplines, approaches and expertise. 

Additional Information:


broad agency announcement (baa) for extramural biomedical research and development

Announcement: Grant
Title:  BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT (BAA) for Extramural Biomedical Research and Development
Award Organization: USSOCOM 
Type/Mechanism: Grant
Funding Opportunity Number: W81XWH-18-S-SOC1
Web Site: DoD : 
Expected Number of Awards: 2
Period of Performance:  2 years
Open App: 1 Aug 2018
Close App: 31 Jul 2023
Description: A primary emphasis of the USSOCOM Biomedical, Human Performance, and Canine Research Program is to identify and develop techniques, knowledge products, and materiel (medical devices, drugs, and biologics) for early intervention in life-threatening injuries, prolonged field care (PFC), human performance optimization, and canine medicine/performance. Special Operations Forces (SOF) medical personnel place a premium on medical equipment that is small, lightweight, ruggedized, modular, multi-use, and designed for operation in extreme environments. The equipment must be easy to use, require minimum maintenance, and have low power consumption. Drugs and biologics should not require refrigeration or other special handling. All materiel and related techniques must be simple and effective, and easily modified for commercialization. 

Research areas of interest include:

• Canine Medicine: 
o Sensory Optimization and Protection: The proposed project must develop research oriented toward innovative methods that enhance or conserve SOF canine olfactory, visual, and/or auditory performance during combat operations.

Max Funding: Most projects are anticipated to have a total cost at or below $700,000 (including indirect costs). Projects that have a total cost higher than $700,000 (including Indirect costs) with outstanding scientific merit that meet a critical need may be accepted; however the total cost of these projects are not to exceed $1,500,000 (including Indirect costs). No budget will be approved by the Government exceeding $1,500,000 (including indirect costs).

Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Announcement: BAA-AFRL-AFOSR-2016-0007
Award Organization: Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Type/Mechanism: Grant
Activity Code: 
Web Site: DoD:
Award Amount: $200,000 - $400,000 encouraged; $7.5M max
PoP: 5 years
Restrictions: None
Rolling Annual Programs: Open until Superseded
Pre-Application Due: Open until superseded
Full App Due: Open until superseded
Notes: For the sensory systems portion of the portfolio a goal is to pursue new capabilities in acoustic analysis, to enhance the intelligibility and usefulness of acoustic information. The primary approach is to discover, develop, and test principles derived from an advanced understanding of cortical and sub-cortical processes in the auditory brain. Included are efforts to model and control effects of noise interference and reverberation, understand the psychoacoustic basis of informational masking, develop new methods for automatic speech detection, classification, and identification, and enable efficient 3D spatial segregation of multiple overlapping acoustic sources.

DOD USAMRMC FY18-FY22 Broad agency announcement for extramural medical research

Announcement: W81XWH18SBAA1
Award Organization: U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Commnad's
Type/Mechanism: Grants Notice
Activity Code: USC, Title 10, Section 2358
Web Site:
Award Amount:  
PoP: 4 years 
Rolling Annual Programs:
Pre-Application Due: Oct 1, 2017
Full Application Due :  September 30, 2022, 11:59 p.m. ET
Notes: Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program focus on the innovations required to reset our wounded Service members, both in terms of duty performance and quality of life. Innovations developed from CRMRP-supported research efforts are expected to improve restorative treatments and rehabilitative care to maximize function for return to duty (RTD) or civilian life. 
The CRMRP focuses its efforts on the following research areas: neuromusculoskeletal injury (including limb trauma and amputation), sensory systems impairment (including hearing, balance, tinnitus, and vision), acute and chronic pain, and regenerative medicine.

Quick Fact


Service-related occupational noise includes jackhammers, gunfire, jet and ship engines, and bomb blasts.

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