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DWFP Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Does the AFPMB support research to develop new pest control methods?
A. Yes, the AFPMB Research Liaison Officer (RLO) coordinates the Research Committee and its recommendations on pest control questions and studies. The RLO prepares research requirements documents, counsels military research students, and maintains technical liaison with entomology specialty officers in the DoD, other federal agencies, academia and industry. Since 2004, the RLO manages the research program for Deployed War-Fighter Protection (DWFP), with annual funding for the USDA Agricultural Research Service and competitive research grants for scientists to discover and develop new materials and methods for military protection against vector-borne diseases. For those years when money for new starts is available, call for DWFP pre-proposals typically goes out the first week of August.
Q. Does the AFPMB welcome research proposals and suggestions from civilians as well as military personnel? What funding is available?
A. Yes. Please send your question/suggestion to the Research Liaison Officer, LtCol Douglas A. Burkett, telephone:301-295-8315 or via “Contact Us." For each fiscal year the research program on Deployed War-Fighter Protection (DWFP) issues a Request for Proposals published on www.grants.gov and the AFPMB website. Competitive Awards may be funded up to $250K/year for up to 3 years of research yielding deployable products.
Q: What types of research activities have been undertaken by the Deployed War-Fighter Protection (DWFP) Program? What products have resulted?
A: Since the DWFP program began in 2004, more than 300 researchers at over 100 labs have participated in approximately 100 projects, resulting in nearly 300 scientific publications that may be downloaded from the DWFP website. Tangible products include new insecticides and insect repellents, new equipment and strategies for pesticide applications, patents and licenses for commercialization of certain materials to be used for controlling pests and vectors that threaten military deployments. Many of these products have wider applications for public health pest and vector control. Annual Review meetings allow DWFP investigators to exchange information and plan collaborations between military researchers, university scientists, industry, and other U.S. Government researchers in various federal agencies.