The Military Health System Research Program Seeks Fiscal Year 2023 Funding Applications


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The Military Health System Research Program encourages researchers to submit grant applications for studies in areas that will directly benefit force readiness, service members, retirees, and their families.

Both military and civilian scholars are invited to submit applications. Funding prioritizes research projects focused on military health care delivery and system-level innovations that impact cost, variation, and outcomes.

“There is a big difference between traditional clinical research and health systems research, with the latter focusing on health care delivery issues at a systems level,” said Brig. Gen. Katherine Simonson, deputy deputy director of the Defense Health Agency’s research and engineering directorate.

“Understanding how the military healthcare system actually delivers healthcare to our 9.6 million beneficiaries, discovering ways to continue to improve the quality and efficiency of that delivery, and determining where we can make process changes or policy that improve the experience and outcomes of patient care – that’s what this program is about.”

The MHSR program began accepting grant applications on April 4. Application involves a two-step process beginning with applicants submitting a letter of intent by May 3. For successful applicants, the program review committee will follow up with an invitation to submit a full proposal. More details on the application process are posted at

Over the past few years, the MHSR program has established a foundation and initiatives to provide valuable data on best practices, variations, intervention outcomes, and policy strategies to improve care delivery in the military healthcare system. The program aims to both innovate and improve military health care as well as influence the civilian health care system.

Examples of such studies are those that:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of clinical procedures and care practices.
  • Compare outcomes, cost, and quality of care between DOD and non-DOD providers.
  • Assess usage patterns and costs associated with practice models, interventions, implementation efforts, and policy changes.
  • Examine organization, management and leadership in health care.

Who can apply?

In addition to DOD medical researchers, civilian researchers who are not affiliated with the military are invited to submit applications for consideration. The MHSR benefits greatly from civilian health researchers who conduct studies for the MHS. Non-military organizations are also encouraged to apply for grants. This may include academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and other federal organizations.

“We encourage the participation of civilian and academic researchers to leverage their resources and experience to improve the research capacity of the military health system,” said Dr. Nereyda Sevilla, acting chief of the Division of Support for the search for DHA. “This is an opportunity to partner with DOD institutions and build our MHS capabilities [to] improve patient outcomes and safety. »


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