Attachment 1 contains the committee’s composite ratings for each proposal, based on examination of the proposal by all committee members, previous site visits by committee members to the institutes or laboratories in question, and thorough discussion at the meeting. A detailed description of the proposal review process is provided in Attachment 2.
In developing these ratings, committee members drew on their extensive expertise in biological weapons research and its peaceful applications, along with years of experience with biological weapons institutes in the Former Soviet Union. They also used their familiarity with a wide range of U.S. bioscientists to identify potential collaborators. A list of committee members is contained in Attachment 3.
The committee understands that the funding decision for each proposal is DTRA’s responsibility, based on the proposal’s fit with DTRA’s research priorities and other factors. Some proposals for research that is scientifically important but outside the area of DTRA’s interest may more appropriately be referred to other agencies. Others rated highly for scientific importance, but lacking in one or more of the other evaluation criteria, may be appropriate for further development and resubmission. Research proposals that are viewed by the committee as of very high technical risk given the constraints of the state of the science have not received high ratings.
We hope these assessments will be helpful to DTRA in making funding decisions in this critical area of research collaboration.
Committee on the Review of Research Proposals for Cooperation with Former Soviet Biological Weapons Personnel and Institutes