How to Submit a Research Proposal

Under a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

The US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command's (USAMRMC) mission is to provide solutions to medical problems of importance to the American warfighter at home and abroad.  The scope of this effort and the priorities attached to specific projects are influenced by changes in military and civilian medical science and technology, operational requirements, military threat assessments, and national defense strategies.  The extramural research and development program plays a vital role in the fulfillment of the objectives established by the Command.  General information on this Command can be obtained from the USAMRMC website.

A BAA is intended to solicit research ideas, and is issued under the provisions of the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984 (Public Law 98-369), as implemented in the Federal Acquisition Regulations.  Research proposals are sought from educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and private industry.  USAMRMC executes its extramural research program through the award of contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements.  The type of instrument used to reflect the business relationship between the recipient and the Government will be a matter of discussion/negotiation at the time of award.  Proposals selected for funding are processed by the USAMRMC supporting contracting office, the US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA).

Contracts, grants and cooperative agreements are awarded to organizations, not individuals.  A principal investigator (PI) must submit a proposal through, and be employed by, a university, college, nonprofit research institute or commercial firm in order to receive support.  Any organization receiving an award under the BAA must be registered in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database.  Registration may be accomplished online via the internet.

The BAA provides a general description of the Command's research programs, including specific areas of interest; defines the evaluation and selection criteria; and provides proposal preparation instructions and formats.  The BAA is a continuously open announcement.  Preproposals may be submitted at any time for consideration.  Program Specific BAAs, Program Agency Announcements and supplements to the BAA are issued to solicit research proposals for specific programs such as the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program, the Department of Defense Neurofibromatosis Research Program and the Technologies in Metabolic Monitoring Research Program.

Conference or Symposium Support

The USAMRMC does provide financial support (if funds are available) for conferences or symposia that benefit our research program.  Email or postcard will acknowledge receipt of Conference or Symposium Support Request.  The submitter should receive a decision letter within 30 days of submission.  Instructions for submitting a Conference or Symposium Support request can be found on the USAMRMC BAA website.

Preproposals

Because the BAA is continuously open, preproposals may be submitted and will be evaluated at any time throughout the year research topic outlined in the BAA, describing a specific idea or project to USAMRMC.  All preproposals will be assigned an identification number after receipt.  Brochures or other descriptions of general organizational or individual capabilities will not be accepted as a preproposal.  Email or postcard will acknowledge receipt of a preproposal.  Usually, the PI should receive a decision letter or electronic mail on the preproposal within 30-60 days of submission.  Instructions for submitting a preproposal can be found in the current Broad Agency Announcement.

Full Proposals

Full Proposals should be submitted within 90 days after requested.  Receipt of full proposals will be acknowledged by e-mail or postcard.  The identification log number for the full proposal will be the same number used for the preproposal (if one was submitted).  Proposals should be prepared according to the instructions on the USAMRMC BAA website or on Grants.gov.   Proposal forms are included in USAMRMC BAA website and must be part of the submission package.  Electronic and scanned signatures are acceptable.  The length of time requested for support should be consistent with the nature and complexity of the proposed research.  An award decision should be forwarded by the Government within 180 days after submission.

Instructions on how to prepare a research proposal for submission under the BAA or one of the Program Specific BAAs are maintained in the USAMRAA website.  Some Program Specific BAAs contain instructions specific to that research program which are contained in the announcement that is published in the Army Single Face to Industry, FedBizOpps and posted on the USAMRAA website.