DOD Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Transforming Care Award

Funding Opportunity Number: HT942524PRARPTRCA

Letter or Intent: May 22, 2024
Submission: June 20, 2024


The intent of the FY24 Transforming Care Award (TrCA) is to support research that provides answers and solutions in critical areas to improve quality of life, reduce caregiver burden and stress, reduce health disparities, and increase support for the individual with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD), their care partner/caregiver, and/or both, as well as the impact on families and/or communities. For this mechanism, “family” is broadly defined as the family of choice and/or the family of origin. Additionally, the TrCA definition of “care” does not include medical care (such as medical interventions administered by a physician), as the care landscape extends beyond that of medical interventions to be inclusive of research into integration, education, and support.

The PRARP requires projects to ensure strategies maintain the dignity of the individual living with a dementia diagnosis and their family/care/social communities.

All applications submitted to this funding opportunity must clearly indicate how the project addresses a critical unmet need, explain how the research will be representative of the population it intends to benefit, and demonstrate cultural competence. Culturally competent research factors the cultural background and diversity of the intended beneficiaries of the research outcomes when developing research ideas, conducting research, and implementing the research findings. Cultural competency in research is critical in reducing health disparities and enhancing the quality and impact of research by ensuring inclusivity, understanding, and responsiveness to the needs of diverse populations.

The TrCA targets research that includes, but is not limited to, improvements in long-term care, quality of life, psychosocial wellness, and supporting aging-in-place, belonging, and community living for individuals, care partners, and families living with a dementia diagnosis. Studies may include, but are not limited to, topics such as considerations for dementia care that are specific to military Service Members and/or Veterans and their Families, navigating the AD/ADRD diagnosis and care path, and overcoming care partner/caregiver stress.

Projects may address knowledge gaps, interventions, strategies, technologies, and/or tools. Clinical research and clinical trials are allowed, however, clinical trials solely testing or evaluating pharmacological interventions do not meet the intent of this funding opportunity.

For more information, please see the opportunity webpage.