President Obama signed the appropriations package to fund federal agencies through fiscal year 2015 (ending September 30, 2015). This includes allocations for NIH and other health care funding agencies such as the Department of Defense (DoD), which oversees the Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP).
For the first time, FSGS is listed as a condition eligible to study in the PRMRP. Because FSGS is listed, FSGS researchers have an opportunity to compete for grants from a NEW funding source. This is HUGE. This opportunity is a direct result of NephCure’s professional and volunteer advocacy work in Washington, D.C. and the efforts of our staff to work collaboratively with scientific partners at NIH and the VA to highlight the benefits of studying this disease through the DoD program. The total amount in the PRMRP program is $247.5 MILLION!
The Program Announcement was released April 17 for the 2015 cycle. There are five funding mechanisms available. Click here for details.