DoD Pancreatic Cancer Research Program Funding Opportunities

How to Apply: 

The FY22 Defense Appropriations Act provides funding for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Program (PCARP) to support research of exceptional scientific merit and innovation with high impact that focuses on pancreatic cancer.  The managing agent for the anticipated program announcements/funding opportunities is the CDMRP at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC).


The FY22 PCARP funding opportunity announcements for the following award mechanisms are posted on the website. 


Applications submitted to the FY22 PCARP must address one or more of the following Focus Areas:

  • Early detection research for pancreatic cancer, including the prevalence in individuals with pre-diabetes and diabetes and/or those in underserved ethnic and minority communities
  • Supportive care interventions, patient-reported outcomes, quality of life, and perspectives during treatment and survivorship
  • Understanding the relationship between metabolic disruptions in pancreatic cancer and their systemic effects, including diabetes and cachexia
  • Understanding precursors, origins, and early progression of pancreatic cancer
  • Understanding the events that promote pancreatic cancer metastasis
  • Understanding the relationship between oncogenic signaling and the tumor microenvironment that drives drug resistance and therapeutic response
  • New drug development targeted toward cancer sensitivity and resistance mechanisms including immune mechanisms of resistance


Funding Opportunities-FY22 PCARP, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), US DoD (


Idea Development Award – Preproposal due July 8, 2022


Established Single Principal Investigator (PI) Option:

Investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent)


Early-Career Investigator Partnering PI Option:

Investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent) may collaborate on a single application with an early-career investigator that meets the following criteria at the application submission deadline date:

  • Must have instructor-level (or equivalent) faculty appointment or above
  • Is no more than 10 years from the receipt of a terminal degree (excluding time spent in residency or on family medical leave) Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only.
  • Supports new ideas that represent innovative, high-risk/high-gain approaches to pancreatic cancer research and have the potential to make an important contribution to one or more of the FY22 PCARP Focus Areas.
  • Emphasis is equally placed on Innovation and Impact.
  • Preliminary data are encouraged, but not required.
  • Clinical trials are not allowed.
  • Must address at least one of the FY22 PCARP Focus Areas.
  • Early-Career Investigator Partnering PI Option supports applicants early in their faculty appointments or in the process of developing independent research careers



Translational Research Partnership Award – Preproposal due July 8, 2022

PIs must be at or above the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent.

Clinicians must be an M.D., M.D./Ph.D., or equivalent with clinical duties and/or responsibilities.

Postdoctoral and clinical fellows are not eligible.

At least one member of the partnership must have expertise either in pancreatic cancer research or pancreatic cancer patient care.

  • Supports partnerships between clinicians and laboratory scientists that accelerate ideas in pancreatic cancer into clinical applications.
  • Must address at least one of the FY22 PCARP Focus Areas.
  • Supports translational correlative studies.
  • Preliminary data required
  • Retrospective tissue analysis, correlative studies, or small pilot clinical studies are permitted.
  • ·        Preproposal is required; application submission is by invitation only
  • Maximum funding of $750,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
  • Maximum period of performance is years.


A pre-application is required and must be submitted through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) at prior to the pre-application deadline.  All applications must conform to the final funding opportunity announcements available for downloading from the website.  The application package containing the required forms for each award mechanism will also be found on  A listing of all CDMRP and other USAMRDC extramural funding opportunities can be obtained on the website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420. 


For email notification when announcements are released, subscribe to program-specific news and updates under “Email Subscriptions” on the eBRAP homepage at  For more information about the PCARP or other CDMRP-administered programs, please visit the CDMRP website (


Point of Contact:

CDMRP Help Desk


Please contact Jill Sherman, International Research Facilitator, at  for more information.

External Deadline: 
Friday, July 8, 2022
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