First steps in applying for a grant

The first step for individuals who are interested in applying for a DoD grant is to spend time reviewing the websites for various DoD funding agencies. A good starting point is the Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP). The website provides a broad review of many of the areas of medical research that are of interest to the military. Another excellent source is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP). This website provides a review of about 15 different DoD research programs, including several research programs that do not have a direct link or relationship to military operational medicine, such as cancer, autism, neurofibromatosis and others.

Additional information and funding opportunities can be found at the websites for the Office of Naval Research and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.  It is also a good idea to register at these websites to receive regular email notices of up-to-date funding opportunities. To receive email notifications on funding opportunities, register with MOMRP listserv. 

It should be noted that because of potential cybersecurity risks, you may have to try several search engines in order to gain access to these DoD research sites. For example, if you search for MOMRP using Google Chrome, you may get a message stating, “Your connection is not private” and your university computer may block you from accessing that site. However, you may have more success with Internet Explorer.

Where to apply

Congressional Directed Medical Research Programs

This link provides open funding opportunities for principal investigators as well as more information, including the latest news, research and other links.

The Office of Sponsored Programs – UT Health San Antonio(OSP)

This office is the administrative arm of grant or other sponsored programs. The OSP is a repository of the latest grants for which you may apply,as well as the archive of completed proposals and studies.

The Office of Technology Commercialization – UT Health San Antonio (OTC)

This is a full-service office dedicated to stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship among faculty, staff and students at UT Health San Antonio, and works in partnership with the UT System, the owner of the intellectual portfolio of all UT institutions. Driving the commercialization of technologies through patents, license agreements and new start-up companies is directly related to the university’s mission and the chancellor’s vision to accelerate discovery for the benefit of Texas and beyond. The OTC is committed to providing responsive customer service and working collaboratively with external partners to grow the life sciences ecosystem in our city, region and state.

Grant mentors

Once you have decided to apply for a grant, there are many people who can provide support. Below is a list of assigned grant mentors for the Military Health Institute. Should you require assistance, please contact mentors directly or contact us at

Note: Grant mentors listed below are available for one on one assistance.

  • Dr. Peter Fox, director, Research Imaging Institute
  • Dr. Kenneth Hargreaves, chair, President’s Council in Dental Research
  • Dr. Alan Peterson, chief, Division of Behavioral Medicine and director, STRONG STAR and Consortium to Alleviate PTSD (CAP)
  • Dr. Brett Ginsburg, Department of Psychiatry
  • Dr. Allison Hancock, Department of Psychiatry
  • Dr. Subrata Haldar, Mays Cancer Center
  • Dr. Susan Padalecki, Mays Cancer Center
  • Dr. Joseph Schmelz, assistant VP for Research Operations – Triservice Nursing Research Program Mentor
  • Ms. Marilyn Marshall, associate director, Finance and Administration, Institute for the Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS)

Watch our grant workshops

The MHI hosts ongoing grant workshops to guide researchers through various aspects of the DoD and VA funding process. See past presentations from these workshops below.

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If you are interested in watching videos of these presentations, please send a request to