Release Date:  September 13, 2002



National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

The purpose of this contract is to provide scientific, technical, and 
administrative support for the operational components of the NTP 
Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological 
Methods (NICEATM).  The NICEATM Office manages and provides necessary 
scientific, technical, and administrative support for the Interagency 
Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods 
(ICCVAM), ICCVAM Working Groups, Peer Review and Expert Panels, and the 
Advisory Committee.  NICEATM provides support necessary to ensure 
compliance with duties and provisions of the ICCVAM Authorization Act 
of 2000.  The overall goal is to promote the development, validation, 
acceptance, and use of alternative and other new testing methods and 
strategies that are more predictive of human health and ecological 
effects than currently available methods and strategies.  The Center 
Office shall: provide scientific, technical, and administrative support 
for the ICCVAM and its Working Groups (IWGs); prescreen methods 
submitted for consideration by ICCVAM; work collaboratively with ICCVAM 
to coordinate the scientific peer review and interagency consideration 
of new test methods of multi-agency interest; convene peer review 
panels, expert panels, and workshops to evaluate the validation status 
of new methods and to identify research and validation studies needed 
to fill critical knowledge gaps; and disseminate information on the 
current status of alternative test method development, validation, 
acceptance and use.  Options are included for additional peer review 
meetings and workshops, preparation of background review documents on 
specific test methods, and coordination of validation studies.
This contract will cover a three year period with one award and may 
provide for yearly (base) options.  The government estimates that the 
project will require approximately 5.5 professional person-years and 
1.0 technical person years per contract year.  All requests must 
reference RFP No. 02-08 and must be directed to the office listed 
below.  All responsible sources may submit a proposal which shall be 
considered by the Agency. 

After examining these documents, any organization intrested in 
responding to this RFP must request the entire RFP by written, 
telephonic ((919) 541-4971), telefax request (919) 541-2712), or e-mail 
request  The electronic version of the 
CBD synopsis and the RFP (which will be available on or about September 
26, 2002) will be available on the internet at:  Expected release of the RFP 
is September 26, 2002 with proposals due October 28, 2002.

Requests should reference RFP NIH-ES-02-08 and should be forwarded to :

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Research Contracts Branch, DERT
Attn: Howard Hill, Contracting Officer
79 T.W. Alexander Drive, 4401 Building
P.O. Box 12874
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

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