Research Funding

2017 AIMM Call for Proposals Released

LOI Deadline: January 26, 2018
Award:  $350,000

The AIMM Research Award is intended to support highly creative and conceptually innovative high-risk research with the potential to accelerate critical discoveries or major advancements that will significantly impact military health and medicine. AIMM initiative funding supports novel research concepts and other efforts that initiate or enhance potential game-changers that may not be supported by other funding mechanisms or core programs. Applications using synthetic or systems biology-based approaches are highly encouraged.

The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY17 AIMM Research Award will not exceed $350,000. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information.

Funding for this award mechanism supports applied research. Applied research utilizes systematic studies to understand the means to meet a recognized and specific need. It is a systematic expansion and application of knowledge to develop useful materials, devices, and systems or methods. It may be oriented, ultimately, toward the design, development, and improvement of prototypes and new processes to meet general mission area requirements.  Applied research may translate promising basic research into solutions for broadly defined military needs, short of system development. Applied research may include hypothesis-testing and/or proof-of-concept studies as well as work that refines concepts and ideas into potential solutions with a view toward evaluating technical feasibility of emerging approaches, technologies, and promising new products.

Proposed research may involve human subjects, but clinical trials do not meet the intent of this award mechanism. A clinical trial is defined as a prospective accrual of patients (human subjects) in whom an intervention (e.g., device, drug, biologic, surgical procedure, rehabilitative modality, behavioral intervention, or other) is tested for a measurable outcome with respect to safety, effectiveness, and/or efficacy. This outcome represents a direct effect on the subject of that intervention or interaction.

Important aspects of the AIMM initiative are as follows:
• Impact: The proposed research is expected to make an important and original contribution to advancing solutions relevant to military health and medicine and
ultimately lead to improved outcomes for Service members, Veterans, or military beneficiaries.
• Innovation: Research deemed innovative may represent a new paradigm, challenge existing paradigms, look at existing problems from new perspectives, or exhibit other uniquely creative qualities. Research may be innovative in study concept, research methods or technology, or adaptations of existing methods or technologies. Research that represents an incremental advance on previously published work is not considered innovative.

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