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 Institutes of 
Health (NIH), is re-competing and expanding their program on enteric diseases 
research currently contracted with the University of Maryland at Baltimore 
under contract N01-AI-65299.  This will be a multiple award solicitation 
which is to be competed on a Full and Open Competitive basis, NAICS Code 
541710. It is anticipated that up to eight (8) cost-reimbursement, 
completion-type contracts will awarded for a period of seven (7) years.
This RFP solicits proposals for research units in the Food and Waterborne 
Diseases (FWD) Integrated Research Network (IRN). The FWD IRN will facilitate 
the integration of research programs to develop products to rapidly identify, 
prevent, and treat food and waterborne diseases that threaten public health.  
The FWD IRN will:  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. This RFP consists of four (4) parts:  A-Microbiology 
Research Units, B- Immunology Research Units, C-Zoonoses Research Units, and 
D-Clinical Research Units.  Offerors are not required to submit proposals for 
all parts; however, offerors may submit proposals for only one part, or for 
any combination of the four parts (A, B, C, and D).  Proposals must be 
separated so that each part is able to stand on its own.  Multidisciplinary 
research will be achieved through interactive research projects with the other 
units of the FWD IRN.  Coordination, administration, and statistical support 
will be provided to the FWD IRN through a separate solicitation entitled 
"Coordinating and Biostatistics Center" which is being solicited as RFP NIH-
In the event of a public health threat, each unit will be required to respond 
and research will be re-directed at the direction of the Project Officer.  
Therefore, it is envisioned that these units will implement, staff and 
maintain coordinated groups that can provide activities needed to enhance the 
U.S. capacity to better prevent, treat and control food and waterborne 
diseases, especially those associated with agents on the NIAID Category A, B, 
C priority organisms list.  The ability to enhance and facilitate response 
and research efforts with the efforts of local, state and federal public 
health and regulatory agencies in a coordinated biodefense response is an 
essential part of this contract activity.  
It is anticipated that the period of performance for this contract will be a 
total of seven (7) years. RFP-NIH-NIAID-DMID-03-04 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 transmissions 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:
Kristen Mistichelli, Contract Specialist, Phone 301-496-0384, Fax 301-480-
5253, Email km359d@nih.gov 
Lawrence M. Butler, Senior Contracting Officer, Phone 301-496-0192, Fax 301-
402-0972, Email lb13t@nih.gov

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