Alaska Fire Research Needs

About the Research Task List

In 2018-2019 the AWFCG Fire Research, Development & Applications Committee (FRDAC) overhauled how we handle fire management research needs in Alaska. Workshops were held in February and October 2018 to identify problems with the “Research Needs List” and to improve the system. This year we are rolling out the next generation “Research Task List”. The new system emphasizes tasks rather than open-ended needs, “co-production”, and meaningful endpoint deliverables.

Features of the "Research Task List":

  • Each task is supported by three roles. 
    1. An AWFCG Sponsor
    2. A FRDAC Representative
    3. An Investigator 
  • Tasks now require an AWFCG sponsor.  The sponsor identifies a research need and crafts task statements and deliverables.
  • The system emphasizes “Co-production”.  Early collaboration between the Sponsor and the Investigator in the development of a project ensures that the AWFCG will get a needed and useful product.
  • Tasks have a specific endpoint and deliverables.
  • Tasks are no longer prioritized.  If a task is important enough to assign an AWFCG sponsor, it is important enough to be on the list.
  • Database system. A database  maintains a “living list” of current and completed tasks with links to contacts and end products.


Please contact the FRDAC chairperson if you are interested in pursuing research topics on the list. The committee can provide valuable information regarding details about management needs, potential contacts, funding opportunities, and current efforts pertaining to the topic.