The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) have announced their research funding opportunities for fiscal year 2022. Here’s an overview of the ALS funding opportunities. Learn more about these awards and others in our upcoming webinar, Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 1 PM (Eastern).

President Biden called on Congress to fund the creation of a new agency, a DARPA for Health. Some breakthrough ideas don’t receive sufficient attention because they are too high-risk, high-cost, or long-term, because they don’t fit well into academia or the commercial sector, or because they require complex collaborations. The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) aims to support promising opportunities which concern health but which fall in that gap. ARPA-H will not have intramural labs. It will facilitate research directed at solving practical problems. To date, the kinds of non-dilutive funding opportunities which will be available through ARPA-H (grants, contracts, etc.) have not been defined, but we can make intelligent guesses.

Spending bill ends funding for Biden’s COVID-19 programs, including some R&D, but does provide more funding for biomedical research: $45 billion for NIH, including $1 billion for Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), and $8.5 billion for the CDC.

Biden wishes to spend billions more on COVID-19 efforts at home and abroad. US federal funding agencies haven’t discussed specific funding opportunities based on the administration’s proposals, but it is likely there will be more funding available to biotech R&D on anti-virals, vaccines, diagnostics, etc.

Here, FreeMind Group’s Ayal Ronen explains the application process for funding by US Government agencies, exploring the challenges and potential benefits of applying for non-US entities.