Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 3/13/2024

Armed Forces Pest Management Board Broad Agency Announcement (AFPMB)

Applications to the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Deployed Warfighter Protection (DWFP) Program
are being solicited by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground,
Edgewood Contracting Division, Fort Detrick (ACC-APG Edgewood) using delegated authority
provided by United States Code, Title 10, Section 4001 (10 USC 4001). The execution
management agent for this program announcement is the DWFP Program at the Armed Forces
Pest Management Board (AFPMB).

The DWFP Program’s mission is to protect deployed military personnel from medically relevant
pests, including (but not limited to) arthropod disease vectors of mosquito-borne arboviruses and
tick-borne pathogens, as well as fly-borne bacterial pathogens. The DWFP Program seeks to fund
original and innovative research that supports the Advanced Technology Development of new
insecticides, or improved formulations of existing insecticides for vector control, new
technology or enhanced modalities of personal protection from biting arthropods, or improved
efficacy and sustainability of equipment for application of pesticides.

Deadlines:

  • Required Pre-Application Submission Deadline:  March 22, 2024
  • Application Submission Deadline: April 26, 2024
Areas of Interest

To meet the intent of the FY24 DWFP Program Research Award, applications must address at
least one of the five FY24 DWFP Program Research Areas listed below. Bulleted items are
provided to indicate additional context regarding programmatic intent but not required to be
specifically addressed by applications. Applications consisting solely or primarily of basic
research activities may be administratively withdrawn. Selection of the appropriate FY24
DWFP Program Research Area is the responsibility of the applicant.

1. Bite Prevention (DWFP-1): Research will address knowledge gaps in new personal
protection tools that prevent contact with medically relevant arthropods.

2. Vector Control (DWFP-2): Research will address new insecticide application techniques,
new toxicants or the adaptation of existing toxicants to medically relevant arthropods.

3. Decision Support Tools or Software Applications (DWFP-3): Research will address
new tools or software applications that support data-driven decisions (e.g. predictive
modeling) for improved arthropod vector surveillance and control strategies, including
outbreak responses.

4. Vector surveillance and identification (DWFP-4): Research will address new arthropod vector
surveillance tools and technologies that focus on improved vector control outcomes.

5. Vector pathogen diagnostics (DWFP-5): Research will address new vector pathogen diagnostic
tools and technologies that focus on rapid detection of multiple arthropod-borne pathogens in a
single assay.

Eligibility Requirements

Independent investigators at all academic/career levels (or equivalent) may be named by
organizations as the PI on the application. Postdoctoral fellows are not considered independent
investigators unless documentation is provided by the applicant’s organization.
An eligible PI, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, or citizenship status, must be employed by or
affiliated with an eligible organization.