Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Program Therapeutic Idea Award

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Funding Opportunity Number: W81XWH-16-ALSRP-TIA
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
CFDA Number: 12.420
Eligible Applicants Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Agency Name: DOD-AMRAA
Closing Date: Jul 21, 2016
Award Ceiling:
Expected Number of Awards: 4
Creation Date: Mar 01, 2016
Funding Opportunity Description: The Therapeutic Idea Award is designed to promote new ideas aimed at drug or treatment discovery that are still in the early stages of development. Development, modification, and/or validation of preclinical model systems or the application of high-throughput screens to define or assess lead compounds for ALS treatment are of interest. Parallel development of methods to measure either target binding or proximal downstream effects (target engagement) and the potential for undesirable activities at related but unintended targets (selectivity) are encouraged. All proposed research projects should include a well-formulated, testable hypothesis based on strong scientific rationale that holds translational potential to improve ALS treatment and/or advance a novel treatment modality. Projects that focus primarily on investigating the pathophysiology of ALS are outside the scope of this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity. Applicants seeking support for the development of products beyond drug or treatment discovery should consider the FY16 ALSRP Therapeutic Development Award (Funding Opportunity Number: W81XWH-16-ALSRP-TDA), which supports advanced preclinical development activities. Innovation and impact are important aspects of the Therapeutic Idea Award. Research deemed innovative may introduce a new paradigm, challenge current paradigms, introduce novel concepts or technologies, or exhibit other uniquely creative qualities that may lead to potential therapeutics for ALS. Research must also have the potential for a major impact and accelerate progress toward treatment for ALS. The impact may be near-term or long-term, but must be significant and move beyond an incremental advancement. Applications must articulate the pathway to making a clinical impact for individuals with, or at risk for, ALS, even if clinical impact is not an immediate outcome. Presentation of preliminary data is not consistent with the intent of the Therapeutic Idea Award mechanism. While the inclusion of preliminary data is not DoD FY16 ALSRP Therapeutic Idea Award 4 prohibited, the strength of the application should not rely on preliminary data, but on the innovative idea and the potential impact it will provide. The Therapeutic Idea Award encourages applications that include meaningful and productive collaborations between investigators. As appropriate, applicants are encouraged to collaborate with industry partners and/or established ALS researchers.

Source:: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=281894

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