MSRC Letter of Intent Instructions

The objective of this Request for Proposals is to fund the best overall clinical trial and non-clinical trial research with high value to the MSRC.

A clinical trial is defined as a prospective accrual of human subjects where an intervention (e.g., device, drug, biologic, surgical procedure, rehabilitative modality, behavioral intervention, or other) is tested on a human subject for a measurable outcome with respect to safety, effectiveness, and/or efficacy. This outcome represents a direct effect on the subject of that intervention or interaction.

The MSRC is interested in the following research areas:

  • Help-seeking behavior (e.g., interventions, messaging campaigns, resource portals which encourage and facilitate service members accessing care without prompting from command/clinicians)
  • Community and peer-based interventions, specifically identifying at-risk individuals and what to do when an individual is in crisis (e.g., programs aimed at teaching service members to recognize and respond to risk in others)
  • Suicide bereavement (e.g., programs which seek to decrease the negative impacts of suicide losses within a unit on unit members)
  • Messaging about interventions to increase effectiveness in dissemination and implementation (e.g., dissemination and implementation interventions to effectively roll-out existing military-specific suicide prevention interventions)
  • Translation of research into practice (e.g., studies that evaluate how we can facilitate the effective and consistent adoption of evidence-based therapies; evaluation of military medical records to assess to what degree the treatment offered was evidence-based)
  • Postvention addressing or, perhaps primarily focusing on, suicide attempts, not suicide (e.g., develop and evaluate best methods to promote continued unit function at high level, avoid stigmatization of survivors (peers, friends, family), avoid "glorification", etc.)

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Soberay at Kelly.Soberay@va.gov or Karen Gronau at Karen.Gronau@va.gov.

Key Dates for the LOI, Proposal, and Approval Timeline:

Letter of Intent Due: Monday, April 23, 2018 11:59 PM EST
Decision: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Full Proposal
(Proposals are by invitation only)
Due: Monday, July 9, 2018 11:59 PM EST
Invitation to Military External Advisory Board (MEAB) Meeting Expected: Monday, October 8
External Advisory Board Proposal Presentation Present to the MSRC and MEAB: November 2018 (Travel reimbursed by the MSRC)
As applicable, Response to MEAB Feedback Due: Within Two Weeks of Receipt
Funding Decision Expected: December 2018
Contracting Expected: January 2019

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