| Doing Business With USAMRMC
The USAMRMC mission is to solve military medical problems of importance to the national defense and provide the Army and the nation the medical science and technology necessary for its forces to sustain decisive technological edge over potentially hostile forces. To accomplish this mission, MRMC has set a determined course to ensure that as much of the nation's available resources are engaged in this very important endeavor. The primary intent is to keep people healthy through effective and efficient health promotion, preventive medicine programs and an effective and efficient program to combat and treat diseases and care for combat casualties. To accomplish this monumental mission, USAMRMC provides numerous medical research opportunities to academic institutions in the form of contracts, grants, Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) which enable research institutions to submit research based pre-proposals throughout the year. Additionally, academic based research opportunities exist within the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) and the Congressionally Directed Medical research Program (CDMRP). If you are interested in learning more about TATRC and CDMRP, please refer to the below listed information on these USAMRMC organizations.
The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)
The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) originated from a unique partnership among the public, Congress, and the Department of Defense. Grassroots advocacy organizations provided much of the impetus that led to a FY 92 appropriation of $25 million targeted to funding research on the screening and diagnosis of breast cancer among military women and dependents. In response to continuing public requests led by the National Breast Cancer Coalition, Congress appropriated an additional $210 million in FY93. Since that time, the CDMRP has expanded to become second only to the National Cancer Institute as a source of funding for breast cancer research. After noteworthy success in managing the Breast Cancer Research Program, the CDMRP was tasked to manage research programs in defense women's health, osteoporosis, neurofibromatosis, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer, tuberous sclerosis, chronic myelogenous leukemia, as well as other specified areas. CDMRP provides numerous competitive funding opportunities in the above stated research areas for research based academic institutions throughout the country. Additionally, CDMRP provides annual competitive funding mechanisms for Special Population based research institutions such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Minority Institutions (MI).
Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC)
The Department of Defense (DoD) "Telemedicine" test bed. TATRC has quickly rallied around the battle cry of former USA General Maxwell Thurman, who "(wanted) to take the very best of Army medicine to the front!" TATRC has realized GEN Thurman's vision by integrating military medical requirements and biomedical principles with advanced technologies to develop and demonstrate prototypes of advanced devices and systems, including far forward appliqués, digital field hospital appliqués, and mobile mentoring vehicles. The program scope is to identify, explore and demonstrate key technologies and Bio-medical principles required to overcome technology barriers that are both medically and militarily unique. TATRC has established an extensive network of best of breed partnerships, inclusive of Business, Industry and Academia. It continues to seek collaborative partnerships in applying advanced technology to deliver world-class health care to customers and providers, anywhere, anytime.
Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP)
The OSBP's vision is to be an integral part of the Army team and to help small businesses and America's Army meet the challenges of this century. Their goal is to establish the Army as the premier organization for the promotion of and assistance to small business, small disadvantaged business, women-owned small business and Historically Black Colleges and Universities Minority Institutions (HBCU/MIs), Veteran Owned and HUBZone. Special emphasis is placed on assisting concerns who have been historically underutilized or who have had difficulty participating in the procurement process. They intend to bring faster, more efficient information on Army forecasted procurement opportunities, thereby providing the business community adequate time to develop business strategies. While DOD has closed many bases, installations and properties, the Army has more than 200 buying activities working diligently to accomplish small business program goals. The OSADBU Mission is to ensure that every small business concern and HBCU/MI that wishes to do business with the Army has the necessary knowledge about the program and tools to successfully participate either as a prime contractor or a subcontractor.