The Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program: Innovations in the federal funding of biomedical research

Stacey Young-McCaughan, Irene M. Rich, Gaylord C. Lindsay, Kenneth A. Bertram

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Abstract

In response to the lobbying efforts of the women's advocacy movement, in 1993 Congress authorized funds for a substantial increase in support of new and promising research aimed at the eradication of breast cancer. This appropriation resulted in a major expansion of the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. The Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs was established within the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command to facilitate the management of the expanded extramural research program. Since that time, the programs have grown to include not just breast cancer but also prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, and neurofibromatosis. The unique appropriations to the Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs has resulted in a number of programmatic innovations. These include development of unique mechanisms of grant support, inclusion of consumer advocates on peer and programmatic review panels, and the introduction of criteria-based evaluation and scoring in peer review. This article describes these novel scientific management strategies and outlines their success in meeting program visions and goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)957-962
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Volume8
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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