This announcement describes a research thrust, entitled “Host/ Gut Microbiota Response to Stressors: Informing Resiliency” to be launched under the ONRBAA13-001, Long Range Broad Agency Announcement for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology which can be found at http://www.onr.navy.mil/Contracts-Grants/Funding-Opportunities/Broad-Agency-Announcements.aspx. If the ONRBAA13-001 should be superseded by the upcoming FY14 ONR Long Range BAA (ONRBAA14-001), then subsequent submissions, evaluations and awards shall be made under the new Long Range BAA. The research opportunity described in this announcement specifically falls under numbered paragraphs 2a & 2n of the Warfighter Performance/ Warfighter Protection and Applications sub-section. The submission of proposals, their evaluation and the placement of research grants will be carried out as described in that Broad Agency Announcement.
The purpose of this announcement is to focus attention of the scientific community on (1) the area to be studied, and (2) the planned timetable for the submission of white papers and proposals.
The proposed topic will explore host-intestinal microbial interactions in response to specific stressors, with a long-term goal of enhancing warfighter resilience. Stressors such as those experienced during training or deployment can potentially lead to serious physical or psychological impacts. Identification of new strategies to increase warfighter resilience to stress can lead to reductions in infection and traumatic injuries, enhanced performance, and extended mission (i.e., diving) duration or profiles. The program will pursue the study of effects of various naval relevant stressors on the interactions between gut microbiota and the host (or host cells). It is expected that gaining such knowledge will inform novel, future strategies to increase resilience of our warfighters to these insults via manipulation of the gut microbial community.
To ensure full, timely consideration for funding, white papers should be submitted no later than 10 September 2013. White papers received after that date will be considered as time and availability of funding permit.
The planned date for completing the review of white papers is 03 October 2013.
V. FULL PROPOSAL SUBMISSION AND AWARD INFORMATION
Full proposals should be submitted under ONRBAA13-001 by 21 November 2013. Full Proposals received after that date will be considered as time and availability of funding permit.