Release Date:  August 14, 2002


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Receipt Date: November 18, 2002


The Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID) of the National 
Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institute of 
Health (NIH), is seeking a contractor to provide comprehensive 
administrative, statistical and clinical trial support for the Food and 
Waterborne Diseases - Integrated Research Network (FWD IRN).  This new effort 
is being solicited as a 100% SMALL BUSINESS SET-ASIDE, NAICS CODE 541710, 

This contract will provide support to the Food and Waterborne Diseases (FWD) 
Integrated Research Network (IRN) which is also being solicited at this time 
as RFP-NIH-NIAID-03-04. The FWD IRN will facilitate the integration of 
research programs to develop products to rapidly identify, prevent, treat and 
diagnose food and waterborne diseases that threaten public health.  It is 
intended that only one (1) award will be made for the Coordinating and 
Biostatistics Center (CoBC) RFP that will provide support to approximately 8 
(eight) research units.  The NIAID research agenda in Food and Waterborne 
Diseases will be implemented at the direction of the Project Officer through 
the Research Units.  The Coordinating and Biostatistics Center will provide 
the biostatistical and administrative coordination, statistical leadership, 
data management, operational support, regulatory support, data analysis and 
reporting in order to successfully integrate the research programs in the 
Network. In addition, the contractor will be responsible for providing 
comprehensive clinical trial support for a variety of Phase I and II clinical 
research efforts.   The Coordinating and Biostatistics Center may also be 
required to interact or support other Division of Microbiology and Infectious 
Diseases (DMID) studies as directed.  Specific tasks performed within this 
contract will vary and will be trial specific.  The contractor must have the 
capacity and capability to work with DMID specified contractors and must 
possess the ability and relevant scientific expertise to establish necessary 
linkages (administrative, logistical, operation, information technology, etc.) 
as required for sound clinical trial support.  The FWD IRN will have the 
following research components:  Microbiology Research Unit(s); Immunology 
Research Unit(s); Zoonoses Research Unit(s); and Clinical Research Unit(s).  
This inter-disciplinary consortia will addresses all food and waterborne 
pathogens (bacteria, viruses and protozoa) to:  1) evaluate vaccines, 
therapeutics, and rapid detection methods; 2) integrate human mucosal 
immunity with clinical research; 3) increase research and product development 
activities, and 4) include the ecology and microbiology of food- and water-
borne zoonoses as well as drug-resistant pathogens.  

In the event of a public health threat, each unit will be required to respond 
by re-direction of its program.  Therefore, it is envisioned that these units 
will implement, staff and maintain coordinated groups that can provide 
information needed to enhance the U.S. capacity to better predict, prevent, 
treat and control food and waterborne diseases especially those included in 
the NIAID Category A, B, C priority organisms list.

It is anticipated that the period of performance for this contract will be a 
total of seven (7) years.  RFP-NIH-NIAID-DMID-03-28 will be available 
electronically on or about July 29, 2002, 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 
http://www.fedbizopps.gov/.  Any responsible Offeror may submit a proposal 
that will be considered by the Government.  This advertisement does not 
commit the Government to award a contract.  No collect calls will be 
accepted.  No facsimile transmission will be accepted. 

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:
Lisa K. Coleman, Contract Specialist, Phone 301-496-0612, Fax 301-402-0972, 
E-mail lc304t@nih.gov
Barbara A. Shadrick, Senior Contracting Officer, Phone 301-496-7288, Fax 301-
402-0972, E-mail bs92y@nih.gov

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