Department of Defense Announces Vision Research Program to Receive $15M in Funding

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FORT DETRICK, Md.—The Department of Defense’s Congressionally-directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP),—which manages the Vision Research Program (VRP) —posted the announcement for grant submissions for the $15 million in FY2017 funding. The announcement comes two weeks after the Omnibus Appropriations bill was signed, and a week after National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research’s (NAEVR) Defense Vision Funding Opportunities session at the ARVO Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

As in the FY 2015/2016 funding cycle, the FY2017 program includes funding under two distinct mechanisms—Clinical Trial Awards (CTA), with funding up to $5.25 million total of direct and indirect costs, and Technology/Therapeutic Development Awards (TTDA), with funding up to $2.1 million total of direct and indirect costs.

The FY 2017 VRP funding level of $15 million reflects a $5 million increase over the $10 million appropriated by Congress in each fiscal years 2013-2016 and is the result of NAEVR advocacy with the Blinded Veterans Association and other coalition partners.

To read the full announcement, click here.