The Defense Department is looking to develop regenerative medicine for treating combat-related injuries as part of a new $75 million program, Nextgov reports.
The Army Medical Research and Material Command issued a grant application Monday for regenerative medicine with the Office of Naval Research, Department of Veterans Affairs and National Institutes of Health.
The Pentagon expects to fund technologies that can salvage limbs and trauma-induced joint damage under the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine II program.
The program will receive $15 million annually over five years for research related to artificial organs and repairing damaged tissues.
The Army will push for technologies that can regenerate skin, reconstruct the pelvic bone and treatments for face and limb transplants to human clinical trials, according to the notice.
The Army said better body armor has increased the prevalence of serious injury to soldiers’ extremities, which has led to the need for better methods to treat, reconstruct and rehabilitate major injuries or tissue loss to those areas of the body.
Organizations submitting solutions or proposals should seek out industry and government partnerships in order to ensure technologies can easily transition into clinical testing phases, the Army said.
The Army expects to grant two awards in the notice and wants organizations respond by July 11.
The Army is also developing technologies to monitor and treat traumatic brain injuries, investing $633 million into TBI research with 472 active research projects.