Release Date:  July 15, 1998



National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Respiratory Diseases Branch, Division of Microbiology and Infectious
Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has a requirement
for a multifaceted, clinical and basic research effort in tuberculosis.  The
program is aimed at supporting the translation of basic research findings into
useful tools for clinical tuberculosis.  The effort requires a multidisciplinary,
collaborative approach to validating surrogate markers of disease progression and
protection and using these new tools to advantage in the conduct of Phase 1, 2
and 3 studies of potential tuberculosis therapeutic, diagnostic and intervention
strategies.  The Contractor must have demonstrated experience in clinical and
basic tuberculosis research.

It is anticipated that one cost reimbursement, level-of-effort type contract will
be awarded for a period of seven years.

Request for Proposals (RFP) NIH-NIAID-DMID-99-20 is available electronically
through the NIH Home Page at:'s/rfp9920.htm

Please note that the RFP for this acquisition has been revised to include only
the Work Statement, deliverable and reporting requirements, special requirements
and mandatory qualifications, if any, the Technical Evaluation Criteria, and
proposal preparation instructions.  All information required for the submission
of an offer will be contained in the electronic RFP package.  Following proposal
submission and the initial review process, offerors comprising the competitive
range will be requested to provide additional documentation to the Contracting

Responses to this RFP will be due on October 29, 1998.  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. 


Inquiries may be directed to:

Carl Henn
Division of Extramural Activities
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
6003 Executive Boulevard, Room 3C07, MSC 7610
Bethesda, MD  20892-7610
Telephone:  (301) 496-0993
FAX:  (301) 480-5253

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