Request for Proposals (RFP) Notice: Toxicological Evaluations of Potential Medications

Notice Number: NOT-DA-18-062

Key Dates
Release Date: February 21, 2018

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Issued by
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)


The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) intends to solicit proposals from offerors having the capability to perform the following:
 A. General Requirements:
Offerors must conduct systematic preclinical toxicology and safety pharmacology studies, and preclinical cardiovascular safety studies that support the development of pharmacotherapies as medications to reduce substance abuse.  The preclinical studies shall adhere to Good Laboratory Practice for Nonclinical Laboratory Studies (GLP) guidelines as set forth by relevant Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance and regulations (Code of Federal Regulations Title 21, Chapter 1, Subchapter A, Part 58).

B. Specific Requirements:
1. Offerors must have on-site in vivo toxicology (rodent, rabbit, guinea pig, canine and non-human primate) and in vivo cardiovascular safety testing facilities with telemetric recording capability in conscious, unrestrained animals (rat, dog and non-human primate);
2.  Offerors must have access to state-of-the-art equipment for performing in vitro tests on cardiac muscle (hERG channel assays and action potential duration tests), access to state-of-the-art equipment for performing mutagenicity and genotoxicity tests and access to state-of-the-art equipment for performing analytical testing of dosing solutions;
3.  Offerors must be able to verify the identity of the bulk substance through High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS), Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS), Infrared Spectroscopy (IR) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR);
4. Offerors must possess experience conducting rodent, dog and non-human primate GLP studies designed to evaluate the safety of test compounds in the presence of common drugs of abuse, including ethanol, cocaine, methamphetamine and opiates;
5.  Offerors must possess experience in preparing reports acceptable in format for both paper and electronic submission to the FDA;
C. Mandatory Evaluation Criteria:

To handle test substances under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, and prior to award, each offeror must possess a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Registration for Schedules II to V.  In addition, each offeror must either possess, or demonstrate the ability to obtain prior to award, DEA Registration for Schedule I controlled substances.

  After the Request for Proposals (RFP) is issued, and prior to award, each offeror must:

  • Be accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC).
  • Demonstrate its understanding and compliance with the NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
  • Show that it has an Animal Welfare Assurance on file with the Office of Extramural Research, Office of Laboratory Affairs (OLAW; see:
D. Additional Information:
NIDA anticipates the award of a single, five-year, indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ), task order contract.  NIDA may award either cost reimbursement and/or fixed price task orders under this contract. NIDA anticipates that at least one task order will be awarded with the contract.  RFP No. N01DA-18-8939 will be available electronically on or about February 26, 2018.  You will be able to access the RFP through the FedBizOpps (URL: or through the NIDA website at the following address: (URL:  All information required for the submission of an offer will be contained in or accessible through the RFP package.
Responses to the RFP will be due on or about 45 days after we release the RFP.  NIDA will consider proposals submitted by any responsible offeror.

Based upon market research, the Government is not using the policies contained in Part 12, Acquisition of Commercial Items, in its solicitation for the described supplies or services.  However, interested persons may identify to the contracting officer their interest and capability to satisfy the Government's requirement with a commercial item within 15 days of this notice.
This advertisement does not commit the Government to award a contract.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Lisa Bielen
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Telephone: 301-443-6677
Fax: 301-443-7595