The Defense Health Research Consortium this week sent a letter to House and Senate leadership, signed by 103 organizations, calling on Congress to enact the fiscal year 2020 Defense Appropriations Act. Enactment will ensure that the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRPs) are fully funded in fiscal year 2020. Failure to enact a bill and instead funding the Department of Defense in a long-term continuing resolution would result in NO funding for the CDMRPs.

DHRC Letter to Congressional Leadership on Fiscal 2020 Defense Appropriations

In light of the recent passing of esteemed U.S. Senator John McCain, the Defense Health Research Consortium (@DHRCinfo) released the following statement: McCain Tribute-DHRC

DHRC NDAA FY18 statement 11-9-17.

Read the Durbin-Blunt letter here.

Before the vote, Senator Dick Durbin (IL) delivered an impassioned speech on the Senate floor explaining the necessity and importance of his amendment. You can view his speech by clicking here.


The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) fills research gaps by funding high impact, high risk and high gain projects that other agencies may not be inclined to fund. CDMRP programs share a common goal of advancing paradigm shifting research, solutions that will lead to cures or improvements in patient care, or breakthrough technologies and resources for clinical benefit.

Visit the CDMRP website for research funding opportunities here.


Defense Health Research Consortium Mobilizes Bipartisan Letters in Support of DoD Medical Research  - By Mark Vieth

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