Request for Information (RFI) on Enhancing Utilization of the NIH Clinical Center

Notice Number: NOT-OD-18-007

Key Dates
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Response Date:  November 24, 2017

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)


The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit input from the community that will inform the NIH about areas of scientific opportunity that would benefit from the unique research resources of the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.  In particular, input is being sought to identify areas where the need for in-patient research beds exceeds availability.


In fulfilling its mission to support biomedical research and training, the NIH often engages in partnerships to leverage its scientific capacity and resources.  The NIH Clinical Center, as the largest biomedical research hospital in the world, is a unique local, regional, and national research resource.  To ensure the Clinical Center is maximizing its potential to support the best possible science, the NIH Director is seeking input regarding needs and opportunities for inpatient clinical research resources.

Information Requested

Through this RFI, the NIH invites researchers in academia and industry, members of scientific or professional organizations, and other interested members of the public to provide comments from their perspective on areas of scientific opportunity that would benefit from access to in-patient research beds.

We welcome input that includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:

The NIH plans to use the input received through this RFI to consider new partnerships for enhancing utilization of the Clinical Center to address research questions that can be most effectively and efficiently answered by interventions or procedures that require hospitalization in a unique, research-focused setting.

How to Submit a Response

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically at:  Responses will be accepted until November 24, 2017.

Responses to this RFI are voluntary.  Please do not include any personally identifiable or other information that you do not wish to make public.  Proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should not be included in your response.

This request is for information and planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or as an obligation on the part of the United States Government.  The NIH will not make any awards based on responses to this RFI, nor will the NIH otherwise pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the Government's use of such information.

The NIH will use the information submitted in response to this RFI at its discretion and will not provide comments to any responder's submission.  Respondents are advised that the Government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted.  The Government reserves the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in any resultant solicitation(s).


Please direct all inquiries to:

Ms. Pat Piringer
Clinical Center
Telephone: 301-402-2435