Release Date:  April 1, 1998



National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has a requirement to
operate and maintain the NIAID Network on Antimicrobial Resistance in
Staphylococcus aureus (NARSA).  The NARSA will establish a virtual network of
investigators studying S. aureus and antimicrobial resistance and provide a
versatile resource to the international research community by acquiring
information about cases of infections due to S. aureus with reduced
susceptibility or resistance to vancomycin, acquiring isolates from these
cases, confirming the identity and purity of the isolates, characterizing the
isolates with respect to susceptibility to antimicrobial agents, growing
additional quantities of the isolates, and providing these isolates to
qualified investigators throughout the world.  At the Government's option, the
NARSA will conduct epidemiological studies based on this information.  This
information will be disseminated through print and electronically over the
World Wide Web.  It is anticipated that one cost-reimbursement, completion
type contract will be awarded for a period of seven years.

RFP NIH-NIAID-DMID-98-24 will be available electronically on or about March
27, 1998, and may be accessed through the World Wide Web by using the
following electronic addresses and instructions:

NIAID/CMB Home Page (via the World Wide Web): Access by: and select the "RFPs" link.  Please note
that the RFP for this procurement has been revised to include only the
Research and Technical Objectives, deliverable and reporting requirements,
special requirements, and mandatory qualifications, if any, the Technical
Evaluation Criteria, and the proposal preparation instructions.  All
information required for the submission of an offer will be contained in the
electronic RFP package.

The government intends to make award without discussions.  Accordingly
offerors are advised to submit their best offer and complete proposal
information by the closing date of the RFP.  The government reserves the right
to hold negotiations if necessary.

Proposals in response to this RFP will be due on June 25, 1998.  Any
responsible offeror may submit a proposal which will be considered by the
Government. This advertisement does not commit the Government to award a


Inquiries may be directed to:

Carl Henn
Contracts Management Branch
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
6003 Executive Boulevard, Room 3C07
Bethesda, MD  20892-7610
Telephone:  (301) 496-0993

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