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July 29, 2005

Gavin Braunstein, Ph.D.

Project Manager,

Biological Weapons Proliferation Prevention

Defense Threat Reduction Agency

U.S. Department of Defense

John Kingman Drive, MSC 6201 Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-6201

Dear Dr. Braunstein:

On behalf of the National Research Council’s Committee on the Review of Research Proposals for Cooperation with Former Soviet Biological Weapons Personnel and Institutes, I am pleased to transmit a summary of the committee’s reviews during 2000-2004. These reviews were in accordance with Contracts No. DTRA01-99-0039 and DTRA01-02-D-003 between the National Academies and the U.S. Department of Defense.

During 2000-2004, the committee met in person ten times to evaluate proposals, participate in site visits, and conduct other business:

May 12, 2000

November 27, 2000

May 4, 2001

December 11, 2001

May 9, 2002

December 2, 2002

May 5, 2003

November 13, 2003

July 12, 2004

December 13, 2004

Committee meetings provided a forum for the members to clarify their understanding of individual proposals and agree on their evaluation of each proposal.

The committee reviewed 178 proposals during these five years, using the following criteria:

  • Scientific importance of the topic;

  • Quality of the proposal;

  • Quality and capacity of the principal investigator, research team, and facilities;

  • Provision for strong U.S. collaboration;

  • Engagement of former Soviet biological weapon expertise;

  • Promotion of transparency; and

  • Sustainability of the research following completion of the project.

Based on their examination of the proposals, information from site visits, and thorough discussion at the meeting, they placed each proposal in one of the following four categories:

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