RELEASE DATE:  January 3, 2003


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Receipt Date:  March 4, 2003


The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the 
National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports research related to basic 
understanding of microbiology and immunology leading to the development of 
vaccines and novel therapeutic agents for the prevention and treatment of 
infectious and immune-mediated diseases, and improvements in public health.  
As a part of the research program to improve defense against bioterrorism and 
emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases, the NIAID seeks to establish an 
Administrative Center in support of the NIAID Proteomics Research Program, 
being solicited under a separate RFP (see RFP NIH-NIAID-DMID-03-38).  The 
Proteomics Research Program shall focus on early stage basic research for 
target discovery and identification and early validation studies. 
The subject solicitation is being issued as a 100% SMALL BUSINESS SET-ASIDE.  
The applicable NAICS code is 541710 with a size standard of 500 employees. 
See Government-wide Numbered Note 1.  As assistance to the Proteomics 
Research Program, the Administrative Center will: 1) Design, develop, and 
maintain a publicly accessible website that contains the data and technology 
protocols generated by each Proteomics Research site, as well as a catalog of 
reagents and products developed by the sites and available for public 
distribution; 2) Monitor and facilitate the deposition of reagents and 
protein targets generated by the Proteomics Research sites.  It is 
anticipated that the Proteomics sites will deposit their reagents/products to 
a centralized repository such as the Biodefense and Emerging Infectious 
Diseases Research Resource, a new program that will be supported by a 
separate NIAID contract for distribution to the broader research community; 
3) In conjunction with the Project Officer, establish a Scientific Advisory 
Committee (SAC) composed of leading scientists knowledgeable in a broad range 
of proteomics and bioinformatic research areas.  The committee members shall 
also include individuals with expertise in microbiology, immunology (both 
innate and adaptive immunity), and infectious diseases.  The committee shall 
provide advice to the NIAID on the operations and future directions of the 
Proteomics Centers program based on the state of proteomic technological and 
research advances, including those contributed by the Proteomics Centers; and 
4) Organize programmatic meetings and other related activities involving all 
of the Proteomics Research Program sites.  

It is anticipated that one (1) cost-reimbursement, completion type contract 
will be awarded, with a period of five (5) years, beginning approximately 
September 2003.

RFP NIH-NIAID-DMID-03-45 will be available electronically on or about 
December 13, 2002, and may be accessed through the NIAID Contract Management 
Branch (CMB) Home Page at http://www.niaid.nih.gov/contract and will be 
posted on FedBizOpps at http://www.fedbizopps.gov/.  Responses to this RFP 
will be due on March 4, 2003.  Any responsible Offeror may submit a proposal 
which will be considered by the Government.  This advertisement does not 
commit the Government to award a contract.  No collect calls will be 

Contracting Office Address:

Department of Health and Human Services
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:

Scott Drega, Contract Specialist, Phone 301-496-6424, Fax 301-480-5253,
Email sdrega@niaid.nih.gov
Barbara A. Shadrick, Senior Contracting Officer, Phone 301-496-7288,
Fax 301-402-0972, Email bshadrick@niaid.nih.gov

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