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USAMRIID is a subordinate laboratory of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.  The Command's mission is to provide solutions to medical problems of importance to the American warfighter at home and abroad.  The scope of this effort and the priorities attached to specific projects are influenced by changes in military and civilian medical science and technology, operational requirements, military threat assessments, and national defense strategies.  The extramural research and development program plays a vital role in the fulfillment of the objectives established by the Command.

The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is intended to solicit research ideas and is issued under the provisions of the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984 (Public Law 98-369), as implemented in the Federal Acquisition Regulations.  The Announcement provides a general description of the Command’s research programs, including specific areas of interest, in the section entitled "Research Areas of Interest." The “General Information” section includes such topics as preproposal and full proposal preparation, conference support, and evaluation and selection criteria.  Detailed instructions and formats for preproposals and each section of full proposals are provided in the “Appendices” section.  Research proposals are sought from educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and private industry.  This is a continuously open announcement.

Under the BAA, investigators may apply for a research Contract, Grant, or Cooperative Agreement.  Investigators from academia and industry submit a preproposal discussing an overview of their research and a cost estimate of the total project.  Scientific and programmatically relevant preproposals are reviewed internally by a USAMRIID scientist who is an expert in the field.  If acceptable, the scientist requests a full proposal of the project.  After reviews in-house and by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and a careful evaluation of the availability of funds, a determination is made whether to fund the research.  The U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity has full responsibility for execution of such agreements.

There are essentially three types of extramural relationships: Cooperative Agreements (31 U.S.C. 6305), Contracts (31 U.S.C. 6303), and Grants (31 U.S.C. 6304).

For further information, please visit USAMRMC BAA Announcements.