Technology Areas

MTEC research is focused on technologies that can make the wounded whole again

 

Military Infectious Diseases Research Program (MIDRP)

This technology area focuses on vaccines, drugs, vector detection assays, and novel therapeutics to treat multidrug-resistant organisms in combat wound infections, as well as vector control measures for insect vectors that transmit naturally occurring endemic diseases with demonstrated or potential capability to decrease military operational effectiveness.  Research and development efforts may focus on malaria, dengue, bacterial diarrhea, multidrug-resistant bacteria and fungi, Rickettsial diseases, and emerging infectious diseases (e.g., chikungunya virus, Zika virus) not found on the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) biothreat list.

Combat Casualty Care Research Program (CCCRP)

This technology area provides integrated capabilities for current and future operations to reduce the mortality and morbidity associated with major combat-related trauma across the spectrum of combat casualty care, including point of injury and pre- or out-of-hospital care, the spectrum of en-route care, and facilities-based treatment. Research and development may include efforts to develop and evaluate drugs, biologics, and/or devices for early intervention in life-threatening battle injuries and prolonged field care, diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury, hemorrhage control, resuscitation, orthopedic and maxillofacial trauma repair strategies, and capabilities for remote triage, monitoring, and management of casualties.

Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program (CRMRP)

This technology area focuses on the innovations required to reset our wounded Service members, both in terms of duty performance and quality of life. Innovations are expected to improve restorative treatments and rehabilitative care to maximize function for return to duty (RTD) or civilian life. Medical technologies (drugs, biologics, and devices) and treatment/rehabilitation strategies (methods, guidelines, standards, and information) that will significantly improve the medical care our wounded Service members receive within the DoD healthcare system are of particular interest. Research and development efforts may include technologies that address neuromusculoskeletal injury (including limb trauma and amputation), sensory systems impairment (including hearing, balance, tinnitus, and vision), acute and chronic pain, and regenerative medicine.

Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP)

This technology area aims to develop effective countermeasures against stressors and to maximize health, readiness, and performance. Research and development efforts may include: (1) Environmental Health and Protection (performance optimization and biomarker validation during heat/cold/altitude exposures); (2) Injury Prevention and Reduction (countermeasures against aviation stressors; blast, blunt trauma, and accelerative injury prevention strategies; neurosensory injury protection; injury return-to-duty standards and strategies; and physiological mechanisms of musculoskeletal injury); (3) Physiological Health and Performance (performance and recovery nutrition, weight balance optimization, cognitive health and performance sustainment in the face of operational challenges, restorative sleep, and establishment of a physiological basis for resilience to operational and environmental stressors); and (4) Psychological Health and Resilience (post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD], suicide prevention, resilience, substance abuse prevention, and violence prevention within the military).

Medical Simulation and Information Sciences Research Program (MSISRP)

This technology area focuses on the exploration of the implications of models and technology for medical education and for the provision, management, and support of health services in the military. Research and development efforts may include: 1) Improving military medical training through medical modeling, simulation, educational gaming, assessment systems, interoperable training platforms, and objective training metrics; 2) Developing, researching, and/or improving technologies and informatics that support Theater and Operational Medicine; and 3) Focusing on the Multi-Domain Battle, an operational environment requiring more self-sufficiency.