RELEASE DATE:  December 16, 2003

NOTICE:  NOT-AI-04-013

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) 

RECEIPT DATE:  March 1, 2004


The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is soliciting 
offers from organizations with the expertise to undertake targeted research 
essential to the development of therapeutics, diagnostics, and preventive 
measures for emerging infectious diseases, including bioterrorism agents.  
The emphasis is to cover agents found at the NIAID Category A, B & C Priority 
Pathogens website.  This list is a subset of the NIAID List of Emerging and 
Re-emerging Diseases 2003.  

The statement of work for this effort is divided into six Parts: A) In vitro 
screening, B) Clinical isolate panels, C) Small animal models, D) Non-human 
primate models, E) Safety/toxicology and immunogenicity testing of vaccines, 
and F) Safety/toxicology and pharmacology testing of therapeutics.  These 
Parts will provide a ready capacity in a number of needed areas and will be 
utilized as products become available for testing.  Test articles that are 
found to have activity in Part A may progress through development using 
contractors from other parts.  

It is anticipated that multiple contract awards will be made for each part of 
this Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) solicitation.  After the 
basic contract awards are made, task orders will be competed in accordance 
with FAR Part 16.505 under Parts A, B, C, D, E or F based on the specific 
requirements of the task order.  The RFP contains one sample task order for 
each of these six parts for evaluation purposes.  In response to this RFP, 
potential Offerors may submit proposals for one or more of the six Parts 
described above.  For Parts A and B, Offerors should propose as many 
organisms or groups of organisms as possible.  Within Parts C and D, Offerors 
may submit proposals for one or more of the models using the same 
organisms/disease or models for more than one organism/disease.  Offerors for 
Parts E and F should propose comprehensive services to cover all aspects of 
the Statement of Work.  All Offerors that receive a contract award are 
eligible for the guaranteed minimum(s).  Offerors that receive awards for 
more than one Part will be eligible for the guaranteed minimum for each Part 
awarded.  Offerors that make the Contractor pool and can provide multiple 
organisms/models within a Part will be eligible for a single minimum for that 
Part.  The following scale will determine the guaranteed minimum dollar 
awards for each Part:

                          Part A        $75,000
                          Part B        $75,000
                          Part C        $100,000
                          Part D        $150,000
                          Part E        $100,000
                          Part F        $100,000

NIAID anticipates the award of these contracts beginning approximately 
September 30, 2004.  RFP NIH-NIAID-DMID-04-40 will be available 
electronically on or about December 16, 2003 and may be accessed at 
http://www.niaid.nih.gov/contract/rfps.htm or http://www.fedbizopps.gov/.  
Only electronic copies of the solicitation will be available.  All 
information required for the submission of an offer will be contained in the 
solicitation.  Responses to this RFP will be due approximately March 1, 2004.  

The NAICS Code applicable to this requirement is 541710.  The small business 
size standard is 500 employees.   Subcontracting is encouraged.   Any 
responsible Offeror may submit a proposal that will be considered by the 
Government, however, this notice does not commit the Government to the award 
of a contract.  No collect calls will be accepted.  


Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Division of Extramural Activities
Contract Management Program
6700-B Rockledge Drive
Room 2230, MSC 7612
Bethesda, MD  20892-7605


Paquetta Myrick-Hancock, Contract Specialist, Phone 301-451-3692, 
Fax 301-480-5253, Email pm286u@nih.gov 
Paul McFarlane, Senior Contracting Officer, Phone 301-496-0349, 
Fax 301-402-0972, Email pm24@nih.gov

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