RELEASE DATE:  February 12, 2004


National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) 

The purpose of this notice is to announce a request for proposal (RFP 
NIH-ES-04-06) (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/dert/rcb/rfp.htm).  The NIEHS 
is soliciting offers for a contract for a new requirement to evaluate 
the toxic and carcinogenic potential of cell phone radio frequency 
radiation.  The base contract (designated as Phase 1) shall include 
work activities associated with the procurement of equipment and 
materials needed to construct the reverberation chamber exposure and 
monitoring systems, the construction/renovation of the exposure and 
monitoring systems, and the developmental efforts needed to demonstrate 
that the systems function appropriately and meet all specifications 
(safety features, environmental controls, field uniformity, and 
implementation of GSM and CDMA signal parameters) before the start of 
toxicity studies in laboratory animals.  Upon successful completion of 
Phase 1, the Government may unilaterally exercise options for the 
conduct of thermal pilot study, perinatal/prechronic toxicity studies, 
chronic studies, and a transgenic mice study (Phases 2 through 5, 
respectively). These studies shall be conducted in accordance with the 
“Specifications for the Conduct of Studies to Evaluate the Toxic and 
Carcinogenic Potential of Chemical, Biological and Physical Agents in 
Laboratory Animals for the National Toxicology Program dated September 
2000".  Offerors shall have a working laboratory in place by the date 
of proposal submission.  The Principal Investigator, Toxicologist, 
Chemist, Engineer/Exposure Specialist, Veterinarian, Health and Safety 
Officer and Quality Assurance Unit Officer shall be employees of the 
contract laboratory (i.e., not consultants or subcontractors).  The 
daily interaction and constant coordination of efforts needed amongst 
these discipline areas throughout the in-life portion of the studies 
makes it critical that they be physically and organizationally 
together.  Award of one cost-reimbursement, completion type contract on 
approximately September 30, 2004 on an open competition basis is 
contemplated as a result of this solicitation.  The estimated level of 
effort is 6,050 labor hours for the base contract and 107,020 labor 
hours for all options.  The estimated period of performance is 
approximately eight months for the base contract and five years if all 
options are exercised.   Interested organizations should fax a request 
for RFP NIH-ES-04-06 to the attention of Ms. Marilyn B. Whaley, 
Contracting Officer at (919) 541-2712 or send an e-mail request to 
whaley@niehs.nih.gov.  All responsible sources may submit a proposal 
which shall be considered by the Agency.  Expected release date of the 
RFP is February 23, 2004 with proposals due April 8, 2004.  This 
requirement is unrestricted.  NAICS Code is 541710.  Numbered Note 26 
applies. The electronic version of the FedBizOpp synopsis will be 
available on the Internet at: 
http://www.niehs.nih.gov/dert/rcb/rfp.htm.  An electronic copy of the 
RFP (without the NTP Specifications) will be posted to this site on or 
about February 20, 2004.

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