Notice Number: NOT-AI-11-051

Key Dates

Release Date:  July 27, 2011  

Issued by

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)


This requirement is a re-competition of contract number N01-AI-50035; Fisher BioServices, Inc..

The purpose of this contract is to support the National Institutes of Health (NIH) AIDS Reagent Program (ARP) in achieving its goal of providing critical research reagents and resources to the scientific community.  An important rate-limiting step in basic research is the identification and distribution of state-of-the-art reagents and technology.  To address this need, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) supports the ARP as a contract.  Since its establishment in 1988, the ARP has evolved from a small bank of research materials to a unique and versatile worldwide resource, offering over 8,600 critical reagents not otherwise readily available to the HIV/AIDS research community. The ARP acquires, develops, and produces state-of-the-art reagents and provides these reagents at no cost to over 3,000 qualified investigators located in 79 countries throughout the world.  Additionally, the ARP serves as an important resource for information about AIDS-related reagents and disseminates this information through its comprehensive website (http://www.aidsreagent.org). 

To fulfill the technical requirements, the Contractor shall support the identification, acquisition, production, maintenance, characterization and distribution of state of the art reagents to the AIDS research community of investigators with the purpose of advancing AIDS research.  Furthermore, the contract provides support for quality control and characterization of reagents, technology transfer, and execution of material transfer agreements prior to release of reagents to the community.

It is anticipated that one cost reimbursement, term type contract will be awarded for a 1-year Base period plus six 1-year options for a possible total period of performance of 7 years beginning on or about June 29, 2012. The performance requirement will be for the delivery of 10.21full time equivalents (FTEs) per year for the base period (Year 1) and option periods (Years 2 through 7), which may be unilaterally exercised by the Government.  In addition to the services outlined above to be provided in the base requirement, for additional services under the contract may be exercised at the discretion of the Government to provide an increased level of effort to meet unanticipated needs for acquiring reagents, assays, or technologies.  Should the Government elect to exercise the increased level of effort options, the Contractor shall provide resources for the unanticipated increase in work volume in an amount of 1.0 FTE that may be exercised up to twice per performance year.  

The NAICS Code is 541712 with a size standard of 500 employees.

The anticipated period of performance is June 29, 2012 through June 28, 2013 with 1 year options to extend the period for six additional years through June 28, 2019. 

Any responsible offeror may submit a proposal which will be considered by the Agency.  This RFP is available electronically on/about July 7, 2011, and may be accessed through the NIAID Office of Acquisitions (OA) Home Page at http://www.niaid.nih.gov/contract and through FedBizOpps http://www.fedbizopps.gov/.  This notice does not commit the Government to award a contract.  No collect calls will be accepted.  No facsimile transmissions will be accepted.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Kishan Patel
Contract Specialist
Office of Acquisitions, Division of Extramural Activities, NIAID, NIH, DHHS
6700-B Rockledge Drive Room 3221, MSC 7612 (Express mail:  Use Zip Code 20817-7612)
Phone: 301-594-0983
Fax: 301-480-4675

Michelle L. Scala
Contracting Officer
Office of Acquisitions, Division of Extramural Activities, NIAID, NIH, DHHS
6700-B Rockledge Drive Room 3106, MSC 7612 (Express mail:  Use Zip Code 20817-7612)
Phone: 301-451-3693
Fax: 301-480-4675


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National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Division of Extramural Activities
Office of Acquisitions
6700-B Rockledge Drive
Room 3214, MSC 7612
Bethesda, MD 20892-7612

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