Request for Funding for Field Based Meetings to Foster Collaborative Multi-Site Studies
BLR&D funds may be available for field based meetings. The planned meeting must address one of the following priority areas of VA research:
The planned meeting must propose to develop a plan (roadmap) for a collaborative multi-site program to accelerate the development of new treatments for service-related illness and injury. The treatments may be drugs, cell-based therapies, other biologicals or gene therapies.
The planned meeting must address an area of high importance for the health of Veterans including but not limited to:
- Preclinical models of posttraumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, non-opioid pain treatment, suicidality, traumatic brain injury, respiratory diseases in veterans of OEF and OIF, women Veteran health issues, intergenerational effects of toxic exposures, colorectal cancer, neurodegenerative (Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, etc.) and inflammatory brain disease (Multiple Sclerosis, etc.) and neuropsychiatric side effects of military exposures.
- Planning meetings that address new approaches such as the use of artificial intelligence, precision medicine, genomic medicine, organoids, tissue-on-a-chip, and regenerative medicine or utilize existing VA biorepositories will be given priority.
- Meetings including investigators with VA biorepositories and directed at developing plans to work with samples from the biorepositories are encouraged.
The planned meeting must lead to an application for research funding (VA, NIH, or DOD). Meeting costs must be under $20,000.
The due date for applications is December 31, 2019.