Deployed War-Fighter Protection

The US Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground Natick Contracting Division, Fort Detrick invites applications for funding for the fiscal year 2013 Deployed War-Fighter Protection Research Program (DWFP), renewable for up to 3 years, administered by the Armed Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB).

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The AFPMB is soliciting proposals for original, innovative research designed to develop new interventions for protection of deployed military personnel from diseases caused by arthropod-borne pathogens.

Diseases of significant concern include malaria, leishmaniasis, dengue fever, and other arboviruses.

The program supports development of new toxicants or the adaptation of existing toxicants to relevant vectors; development of new insecticide application techniques; and new personal protection systems.

Ideally the research would support the development, evaluation, and registration of new insecticides, or improved formulations of existing insecticides for vector control, new technology or enhanced modalities of personal protection from biting arthropods, or would improve the efficacy and safety of equipment for application of pesticides for public health vector control in a military operational environment.

Research should be product oriented, consisting of basic or applied research leading to a particular product, evaluation of experimental products for military uses, or development of an existing product for commercial manufacture.

The research must be primarily applicable to the military but products should be transferable to civilian uses.

Priorities for FY13 include:
Effective alternatives to permethrin for military uniform/textile treatment for personal protection against biting flies, mosquitoes and other arthropods; rapid assays for permethrin quantification on clothing in field situations; and field studies to evaluate short and long-term efficacies of permethrin-treated military uniforms with and without topical repellents for protecting deployed military personnel against biting pests and vectors.

We will also consider pre-proposals related to development and testing of public health pesticides, repellents and related application technologies.

The DWFP program is especially amenable to pre-proposals that accelerate the transition of products from lab to commercial partners for use by both the military and the general public.

It is anticipated that approximately $600,000 will be awarded this year (FY13), with future years subject to the availability of funds.

Proposals may not exceed a total cost of $250,000 per year for up to 3 years, inclusive of direct and indirect costs.

Approximately 4-6 awards are anticipated.

Funding is intended to begin in March 201 3. Projects will be selected on the basis of programmatic relevance determined by an Armed Forces Pest Management Board Technical Review Committee.

Pre-proposals will be accepted from investigators who are employed by or affiliated with an eligible institution.

Eligible institutions include for-profit, non-profit, public, and private organizations in any country.

Examples include academic establishments (universities, colleges), hospitals, laboratories, companies, and agencies of local, state, and federal government (with the exception of USDA investigators for whom DWFP funding arrangements are made separately by inter-Agency agreement.) The pre-proposal form is available by clicking here.

Follow the directions on the form for submission to AFPMB webmaster ( and courtesy copy, NLT September 14, 2012 6:00 PM EST.

Other estimated timelines for the FY13 DWFP are as follows:
invited Full Proposals submission deadline will be no later than November 19, 2012, 4:00 PM EST, and Award Start Date should be between February 2013 and March 201 3. The request for full proposals will be posted on website when available.

For all additional information or questions, please contact Sandra O’Connell, Contract Specialist, Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground Natick Contracting Division-Ft Detrick, 1564 Freedman Drive 247C, Frederick, MD 21702-504 1. Email address:

Submit pre-proposals using delivery and read receipt confirmations.

Within 5 days of your submission, you will receive a receipt acknowledgement and a control number to identify your submission.

Please do not assume we received your pre-proposals until you receive a control number.

Link to Full Announcement The above funding opportunity description is the full announcement.

Pre-proposal form is available by clicking here If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
David W.

Hill, 301-295-8316, Synopsis Modification History There are currently no modifications for this opportunity.

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Estimated Funding: $600,000

Who's Eligible

Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
NSF Publication 12-527

Additional Information of Eligibility:
*Organization Limit: Proposals may only be submitted by the following: -Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U. S. associated with educational or research activities.

-State and Local Governments: State educational offices or organizations and local school districts.

-Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members.

Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.

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