DoD Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic, Clinical Trial Award


Funding Opportunity ID: 325498
Opportunity Number: W81XWH-20-PRORP-CTA
Opportunity Title: DoD Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic, Clinical Trial Award
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 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”
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: DOD-AMRAA
Agency Name: Department of Defense
Dept. of the Army — USAMRAA
Posted Date: Mar 16, 2020
Close Date: Sep 10, 2020
Last Updated Date: Mar 16, 2020
Award Ceiling: $0
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding: $14,500,000
Expected Number of Awards: 6
Description: The PRORP CTA mechanism was first offered in FY09. Since then, 167 CTA applications have been received, and 35 have been recommended for funding.The FY20 PRORP CTA is intended to support the rapid implementation of clinical trials with the potential to have a major impact on military combat-related orthopaedic injuries or non-battle injuries that significantly impact unit readiness and return to duty/work rates. Applicants are encouraged to address how the proposed research will support patient care closer to the point of injury and/or allow patients to more quickly return to duty/work. Clinical trials may be designed to evaluate promising new products, pharmacologic agents (drugs or biologics), devices, clinical guidance, and/or emerging approaches and technologies. Proposed projects may range from small proof-of-concept trials (e.g., pilot, first in human, Phase 0), to demonstrate feasibility or inform the design of more advanced trials, through large-scale trials to determine efficacy in relevant patient populations.The FY20 PRORP CTA differs from the FY20 PRORP Clinical Translational Research Award (CTRA) in that the CTRA allows for clinical research projects, whereas the CTA is restricted to clinical trials only.Rehabilitation Option: Applications submitted to the Translation of Early Findings – Soft Tissue Trauma Focus Area are eligible for a Rehabilitation Option (Funding Level 2; refer to Section II.D.5. Funding Restrictions). The Rehabilitation Option provides additional support to encourage collaborative interdisciplinary research among physical therapists, occupational therapists, prosthetists, surgeons, and other orthopaedic care providers. The proposed research should include both surgical and rehabilitation strategies that create a cohesive project. Surgical strategies are reconstruction and repair and/or application of biologics, pharmaceuticals, and devices for the purpose of restoration of native architecture, composition, and function of traumatically injured tissues. Rehabilitative strategies are those that restore function following injury or illness, with the goal of optimal health and independence. Projects should integrate principles and approaches from surgical and rehabilitative strategies, beyond what each approach would provide by itself, with the goal of optimizing form, function, and independence for those who have sustained traumatic orthopaedic injuries. The rehabilitation strategy and the standard of care must be specified. Projects that follow patients across the continuum of care are highly encouraged. To encourage meaningful and productive multidisciplinary collaborations, projects submitted for this option must include at least one investigator with orthopaedic rehabilitation expertise and at least one clinician who specializes in orthopaedic or trauma care. A Letter(s) of Collaboration from both specialists (rehabilitation expert and surgeon) is required for this option. A clinician is defined as an individual who is credentialed (possesses the necessary degrees, licenses, and other certifications) and practicing as a care provider in a relevant capacity.Funding from the FY20 PRORP CTA must support a clinical trial and may not be used for animal or preclinical research studies. A clinical trial is defined as a research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of the interventions on biomedical or behavioral health-related outcomes. For more information, a Human Subject Resource Document is provided at Principal Investigators (PIs) seeking funding for a preclinical research project should consider one of the other FY20 PRORP Program Announcements being offered.If the proposed clinical trial involves the use of a drug that has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the proposed investigational use, then an Investigational New Drug (IND) application to the FDA that meets all requirements under the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, Part 312 (21 CFR 312) may be required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide evidence from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of record or the FDA if an IND is not required. If an IND is required, the IND application must be submitted to the FDA within 6 months of the award date. The IND should be specific for the product (i.e., the product should not represent a derivative or alternate version of the investigational agent described in the IND application) and indication to be tested in the proposed clinical trial. For more information on IND applications, the FDA has provided guidance at howdrugsaredevelopedandapproved/approvalapplications/investigationalnewdrugindapplication/default.htm.If the investigational product is a device, then an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application to the FDA that meets all requirements under 21 CFR 812 may be required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide evidence from the IRB of record or the FDA if an IDE is not required or if the device qualifies for an abbreviated IDE. If an IDE is required, the IDE application must be submitted to the FDA within 6 months of the award date. The IDE should be specific for the device (i.e., should not represent a derivative or modified version of the device described in the IDE application) and indication to be tested in the proposed clinical trial.If the proposed research includes a clinical trial of an investigational product to be conducted at international sites, an application to the relevant national regulatory agency of each host country must be submitted within 6 months of the award date.The Government reserves the right to withdraw funding if an IND or IDE application and/or international regulatory application is necessary but has not been submitted within 6 months of the award date.Recruitment Milestones: Successful applicants will work with CDMRP and USAMRAA to establish milestones for human subject recruitment. Continued support for the project will be based upon satisfactory progress in meeting the established milestones.The following are important aspects of the FY20 PRORP CTA:• Inclusion of preliminary data relevant to the proposed clinical trial is required.• The proposed clinical trial is expected to begin no later than 12 months after the award date.• The proposed intervention(s) to be tested should offer significant potential impact for military personnel and Veterans with combat-related orthopaedic injuries or non-battle orthopaedic injuries that impact unit readiness and return to duty/work.• The proposed clinical trial must be based on sound scientific rationale that is established through logical reasoning and critical review and analysis of the relevant literature.• The application should describe the planned indication for the product label, if appropriate, and include an outline of the product development plan required to support that indication.• The application should demonstrate availability of, and access to, a suitable patient population that will support a meaningful outcome for the study. The application should include a discussion of how accrual goals will be achieved and how standards of care may impact the study population.• The application should demonstrate documented availability of and access to the drug/ compound, device, and/or other materials needed, as appropriate, for the proposed duration of the study. The quality and stability of the product should be documented and commensurate with current FDA manufacturing standards applicable to the type and phase of product being developed (i.e., Quality System Regulation, Good Manufacturing Practice [GMP] guidelines).• The application should reflect the study team’s experience interacting with the FDA, including previous FDA submissions, if applicable.• The proposed clinical trial design should include clearly defined objectives and appropriate endpoints/outcome measures, and comply with current Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines.• The application should include a clearly articulated statistical analysis plan, appropriate statistical expertise on the research team, and a power analysis reflecting sample size projections that will answer the objectives of the study.• The application should include a clearly articulated data management plan and use of an appropriate database to safeguard and maintain the integrity of the data. If FDA-regulated, the trial must use a 21 CFR 11-compliant database and appropriate data standards. For more on data standards, see FormsSubmissionRequirements/ElectronicSubmissions/UCM511237.pdf.• The application should include a clearly articulated safety management plan outlining how safety pharmacovigilance will be conducted, as applicable.• The application should include a clearly articulated clinical monitoring plan outlining how the study will be monitored for GCP compliance.• The application should include a study coordinator(s) who will guide the clinical protocol through the local IRB of record and other Federal agency regulatory approval processes, coordinate activities from all sites participating in the trial, and coordinate participant accrual.• The application should include a transition plan (including potential funding and resources) showing how the product will progress to the next clinical trial phase and/or delivery to the market after the successful completion of the FY20 PRORP CTA.• The application should clearly demonstrate strong institutional support and, if applicable, a commitment to serve as the FDA regulatory sponsor, ensuring all sponsor responsibilities described in 21 CFR 312, Subpart D, are fulfilled.• Funded trials are required to post a copy of the IRB-approved informed consent form used to enroll subjects on a publicly available Federal website in accordance with Federal requirements described in 32 CFR 219.• Funded studies are required to register the study in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical trials registry, prior to initiation of the study. Refer to the General Application Instructions, Appendix 1, Section D, for further details.The types of awards made under the Program Announcement will be assistance agreements. An assistance agreement is appropriate when the Federal Government transfers a “thing of value” to a “state, local government,” or “other recipient” to carry out a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by a law of the United States instead of acquiring property or service for the direct benefit and use of the U.S. Government. An assistance agreement can take the form of a grant or cooperative agreement. The level of involvement on the part of the Department of Defense (DoD) during project performance is the key factor in determining whether to award a grant or cooperative agreement. If “no substantial involvement” on the part of the funding agency is anticipated, a grant award will be made (31 USC 6304). Conversely, if substantial involvement on the part of the funding agency is anticipated, a cooperative agreement will be made (31 USC 6305), and the award will identify the specific substantial involvement. Substantial involvement may include, but is not limited to, collaboration, participation, or intervention in the research to be performed under the award. The award type, along with the start date, will be determined during the negotiation process.The anticipated total costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY20 PRORP CTA will not exceed $2.25M (Funding Level 1) or $2.75M (Funding Level 2). Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information.Awards will be made no later than September 30, 2021. For additional information refer to Section II.F.1, Federal Award Notices.The CDMRP expects to allot approximately $9M to fund approximately four CTA applications at Funding Level 1 and approximately $5.5M to fund approximately two CTA applications at Funding Level 2. Funding of applications received is contingent upon the availability of Federal funds for this program as well as the number of applications received, the quality and merit of the applications as evaluated by scientific and programmatic review, and the requirements of the Government. Funds to be obligated on any award resulting from this funding opportunity will be available for use for a limited time period based on the fiscal year of the funds. It is anticipated that awards made from this FY20 funding opportunity will be funded with FY20 funds, which will expire for use on September 30, 2026.
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