DOD Announces $13 Million in FY2010 Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP) Awards

DOD Announces $13.6 Million in FY2001 Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP) Awards

Legislative Update
February 11, 2011

The Department of Defense’s (DOD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) has announced the awards to researchers who submitted grants in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP), and eye and vision researchers received 9 awards, totaling $13.6 million. The awards that eye and vision researchers received include:

  • 3 Basic Science Awards
  • 6 Applied Research and Advanced Technology Awards

The program’s objectives include discovery and exploration of innovative approaches to protect, support, and advance the health and welfare of military personnel, families, and communities; acceleration of the transition of medical technologies into deployed products; and acceleration of the translation of advances in knowledge into new standards of care for injury prevention, treatment of casualties, rehabilitation, and training systems that can be applied in theater or in the clinical facilities of the Military Health System.

Congress funded the DMRDP at a level of $372M in FY2010, and has announced 117 awards to date, although more are possible.

Among the eye and vision projects selected for funding were projects dealing with corneal healing after exposure to explosive devices, development of assistive devices for veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and restoring vision after optic nerve injury.

The program is separate from the DOD’s Peer-Reviewed Medical Research-Vision (PRMR-Vision) program, which is narrowly targeted at the research gaps identified by the DOD medical research community.

A full listing of the grantees and their abstracts is available here.