NIH GUIDE, Volume 23, Number 1, January 7, 1994


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  Community/Outreach Programs 

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has a

requirement  for the continuation of the Terry Beirn Community

Programs for Clinical Research on AIDS (CPCRA) Operations Center to

work in partnership with a series of CPCRA research units awarded to

community-based health organizations.   The purpose of the five-year

CPCRA Operations Center contract is to:

I.  Provide scientific collaboration and technical services necessary

to establish clinical expertise in the development and maintenance of

community-based clinical research; II.  Coordinate educational and

training activities for CPCRA participants in the areas of protocols.

Coordinate the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of

educational and training activities and materials designed for CPCRA

patients and clinicians in addition to the CPCRA Statistical Center

and Clinical Site Monitoring Group staff; III.  Develop and maintain

a computerized database management information system (MIS) for

tracking the receipt, review, development, and status of CPCRA

research studies, from concept stage through site registration,

protocol implementation, and subsequent amendment if needed;  IV.

Develop and implement systems to facilitate communications between

CPCRA participants.  Maintain the existing nationwide electronic mail

system using a commercial electronic mail system that is user

friendly and cost-effective, provides for the reliable, confidential,

and efficient transfer of data and word processing files, and allows

users on a NIAID network and users on a FAX network to send mail

messages and files to each other; and, V.  Provide administrative

support for the CPCRA.

The CPCRA is a clinical research program involving community

physicians and their patients in studies of treatments for HIV.  A

unique feature of this program is its community-based focus for

evaluating the effectiveness of a broad spectrum of therapies and

treatment regimens.  The CPCRA is comprised of 17 research units,

consisting of consortiums of primary care physicians, located in 13

cities across the United States, the CPCRA Operations Center, the

CPCRA Statistical Center, and the Clinical Site Monitoring Group.

The 17 research units represent significant geographic, racial, and

risk group diversity.  Through this diversity, the CPCRA extends

greater opportunity for participation in clinical research to those

persons underrepresented in traditional, university-based HIV-related

studies, i.e. women, minorities, and injection drug users.  In

addition to the above described tasks, crisis situations will

frequently demand that meetings with the Contractor be rapidly

convened to discuss appropriate plans of action for specific

situations.  Because of this factor, it is essential that the

location of the Contractor's office allows for this needed


This is an announcement for an anticipated Request for Proposals

(RFP).  The issuance of RFP-NIH-NIAID-DAIDS-95-02 will be available

on or about January 5, 1994, and proposals will be due by 4:30 p.m.,

local time, on March 8, 1994.  It is anticipated that one (1)

contract will be warded as a result of this solicitation.  It is

expected that the contract will have a five year period of

performance, and a completion cost-reimbursement type contract is



Requests for the RFP shall be directed in writing to:

Ms. Brenda Velez

Contract Management Branch

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Solar Building, Room 3C07

Bethesda, MD  20892

Please provide this office with five self-addressed mailing labels.

Telephone inquiries will not be honored, and all inquiries must be in

writing.  A short-form version of the RFP will be provided first.

This includes only the Statement of Work, Reporting Requirements, and

the Evaluation Criteria to be used for selection of the award.  After

examining this, a full-text version of the RFP must be requested, in

writing, for those offerors interested in responding.  FAX requests

are acceptable for full text versions of the RFP only (FAX No. 301-

402-0972).  All proposals from responsible sources will be considered

by the NIAID.  This advertisement does not commit the Government to

award a contract.


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