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 research program in breast cancer, the CDMRP was tasked to manage research programs in neurofibromatosis, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, tuberous sclerosis complex, chronic myelogenous leukemia, and prion diseases as well as other specified areas.

Program Announcement (PA)

Programs within the CDMRP prepare and issue Program Announcements that provide details on individual award mechanisms, the application process and requirements for submitting proposals. The PA also relays the intent and goals for the particular funding mechanism of a program.

The PAs are posted on the CDMRP website. The PA posting provides immediate access to over 600 institutional Sponsored Program Offices of award opportunities and encourages them to link to the CDMRP website for up-to-date program information and funding opportunities.

In addition to CDMRP Program Announcements (PA), USAMRMC solicits research ideas under the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).

Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

A Broad Agency Announcement (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.

How to Submit a Research Proposal under a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)