U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

Critical Dates

Final application to RIC no later than 5 days before the advertised deadline

DoD Agencies


The University of Melbourne encourages eligible researchers to participate in and lead proposals to the Department of Defense (DoD) in the United States.


View schemes on Grants.gov, the United States grants portal, through agency websites or find opportunities through UoM Research Professional.

Open US Department of Defense CDMRP grant opportunities

A number of opportunities are currently open to apply for funding from the United States Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

Depending on the program of interest, applications require either a relatively short pre-proposal ahead of an invitation to submit a full application, or a letter of intent which is followed by a full application.


Closing date for pre-proposals/letters of intent

Closing date for full applications

Combat Readiness-Medical Research Program

31 August

1 December

Breast Cancer Research Program

31 August

14 September

Prostate Cancer Research Program

2 September

23 September

Multiple Sclerosis Research Program

7 September

1 October

Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Parkinson’s Research Program

8 September

29 September

Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health Research Program (CDRA, IDA and IIRA schemes)

8 September

30 September

Melanoma Research Program (MCAA, TSA and TRA schemes)

9 September

28 September

Kidney Cancer Research Program

14 September

5 October

Reconstructive Transplant Research Program

15 September

8 December

Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health Research Program (CTA, FPA and TRA schemes)

15 September

16 December

Melanoma Research Program (DA scheme)

20 October

10 November

Further details on these schemes are available here, and to discuss possible applications please contact Blake Plowman (blake.plowman@unimelb.edu.au, 9035 8317).

How to apply

  1. Submit to the Themis Submission Workbench

    This will be the first line of communication to the International team of your intentions to submit a proposal

    *the completion of FOR and SEO codes is a critical element

  2. Communicate with International Grants Team, RIC and Program Director, DoD

    For higher chances of success, it is recommended that applicant conduct active discussions with the Program Director, Faculty Research Office and the International Grants Team ric-international@unimelb.edu.au as early as possible.  For assistance with identifying and connecting with a program officer, contact Andrea Moshier, Research Partnership Manager at andrea.moshier@unimelb.edu.au
  3. Sign up for Application Portal Systems Access

    There are various government portals that are utilized to submit DOD proposals.  Reference the Funding Opportunity Announcement for scheme requirements, then consult with the international team to obtain access.

  4. Access application from Grants.gov or required submission portal and review documentation

    Typically, grants.gov is the submission portal but this will vary from agency to agency, scheme to scheme.  Reference the Funding Opportunity Announcement to confirm application package requirements.  Log into the system early to review requirements and troubleshoot any issues
  5. Foreign Justification

    Consider what expertise your team has e.g. "skills, resources or populations and/or research environment conditions” that require the work to be done outside the USA.
  6. For applications with other organisations as the sub-awardees

    Forward the research office contact information for any external collaborators or contractors to the International Grants Team.
  7. Complete the application

    Use the supporting documents below as reference to completing the application.

  8. Budget Development

    Contact your Agreement Administrator for assistance with budget development
  9. Review Ready

    Email completed application to ric-international@unimelb.edu.au at least 10 working days before the advertised deadline for RIC review.  The International Grants Team will provide comments and suggestions within 5 working days.

    NB: Past experience has proven that organising supporting materials at the end of the grant writing process causes significant submission delays and impacts the quality of the application. It is recommended that applicant starts preparing as early as 2 or 3 months before the advertised deadline or delegate tasks to the project team as early as possible.
  10. Submit by Internal Deadline

    For lead application, the lead PI must  Submit to AOR for review least 5 working days prior to the advertised deadline.
    For non-lead application, UoM site PI must submit completed documentations to ric-international@unimelb.edu.au for University approval at least 5 working days prior to the lead’s requested date.
    NB. Please note that submission has to occur through RIC International Grants. RIC cannot guarantee successful submission for late or incomplete applications.

  11. Supporting Materials

    Annotated Grants.gov SF424 files
    How to Register With Grants.gov
    How to Create a Grants.gov Workspace
    Completing Forms in a Workspace on Grants.gov
    How to Submit a Federal Grant Application in Workspace

    Relevant Past Seminar Materials