Vision - Improve the health, care, and well-being of all Military Service members, Veterans, and beneficiaries

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The Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP), established in fiscal year 1999 (FY99), has supported research across the full range of science and medicine, with an underlying goal of enhancing the health, care, and well-being of military Service members, Veterans, retirees, and their family members. Program oversight is provided by a programmatic panel with joint military service and interagency representation. Congressional appropriations for the PRMRP totaled $2.0 billion through FY18 and have supported over 1170 awards in 139 different topic areas. Congress appropriated $350 million for the FY19 program to solicit proposals in 49 topic areas.

Throughout history, military medical research has pioneered breakthroughs in reconstructive surgery, the use of antibiotics, intensive care, burn care, and kidney dialysis in response to war time needs, benefitting Service members and civilians alike. Medical research supported by the PRMRP to address near-term military needs including military readiness, continues this tradition. Service members, their dependents, military retirees, and veterans receive military medical services, creating a critical need to support research on a broad spectrum of medical issues affecting these diverse populations that include children and the elderly. The PRMRP is committed to supporting research that has the potential to profoundly impact the development and implementation of medical devices, drugs, and clinical guidance that will enhance the precision and efficacy of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment across a wide range of disciplines including cardiovascular and endocrine health, autoimmune diseases and immunology, infectious diseases, internal medicine, neurological and psychological health, orthopedic and regenerative medicine, and respiratory and environmental health and injury.

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Maj Emily Fletcher, PharmD

US Air Force
Research with a Comprehensive Impact

Dr. Timothy Niewold

New York University School of Medicine
Taking Ideas From Discovery to the Clinic

CAPT David Bacon, PhD

Military Infectious Diseases Research Program, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
Improving Medical Care for Service Members and Their Families

Dr. Peter Kao

Stanford University
Lineage Analysis in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

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Improve the health, care, and well-being of all Military Service members, Veterans, and beneficiaries


Encourage, identify, select, and manage medical research projects of clear scientific merit and direct relevance to military health

Last updated Friday, March 13, 2020