Release Date:  April 10, 2002


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Receipt Date:  August 12, 2002


The Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID) of the 
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National 
Institutes of Health (NIH), has a requirement to establish contract 
resources for the development of animal models in tuberculosis and 
invasive aspergillosis that are suitable to validate potential targets 
for drug, diagnostic and vaccine development. For tuberculosis, these 
models shall allow rapid throughput evaluation of the in vivo role of 
gene products and shall be made available as a service to the 
community. For invasive aspergillosis, contract resources are required 
to: standardize animal models of infection; develop a means for 
reliable quantification of infectious burden; define surrogate markers 
of infection and disease progression; then utilize these models to 
address community-posed research questions. Together, these resources 
are to fill a critical gap in the path from genomic to translational 
research in tuberculosis and invasive aspergillosis.

It is anticipated that two (2) cost reimbursement; completion type 
contracts will be awarded (one contract for each PART) for a period of 
seven (7) years, beginning approximately May 5, 2003. 

NIH-NIAID-DMID-03-09 will be available electronically on or about April 
12, 2002, and may be accessed through the NIAID Contract Management 
Branch (CMB) Home Page at http://www.niaid.nih.gov/contract -- and is 
also posted on FedBizOpps.  

Please note that the RFP has been revised to include only the Work 
Statement, Deliverable and Reporting Requirements, Special 
Requirements, Technical Evaluation Criteria, and the Specific RFP 
Instructions and Provisions.  All information required for the 
submission of an offer will be contained in the electronic RFP package. 

Responses to this RFP will be due on August 12, 2002.  Any responsible 
Offeror may submit a proposal for consideration by the Government.  
This advertisement does not commit the Government to award a contract.

Contracting Office Address:

National Institutes of Health
National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Contract Management Branch 
6700-B Rockledge Drive
Room 2230, MSC 7612 
Bethesda, MD, 20892-7612

Point of Contact: 
Ross Kelley, Contract Specialist, Phone 301-402-2234, Fax 301-402-0972, 
Email rk17a@nih.gov 
Lawrence Butler, Senior Contracting Officer, Phone 301-496-0192, Fax 
301-402-0972, Email lb13t@nih.gov

This announcement does not commit the Government to award a contract. 
No collect calls will be accepted.

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