Release Date:  April 16, 2001

NOTICE:  NOT-RR-01-008

National Center for Research Resources

The purpose of this Notice is to determine the capabilities of any private 
nonprofit organizations interested in serving as a contractor to provide 
lifetime care for chimpanzees as required under the "Chimpanzee Health 
Improvement, Maintenance, and Protection (CHIMP) Act," Public Law 106-551, which 
amended Section 481C of the Public Health Service Act on December 20, 2000.

To carry out the CHIMP Act, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), acting on 
behalf of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), 
will, among other things:

o Seek to award a contract to a private nonprofit organization that meets the 
detailed requirements set forth in the Act.  A complete copy of the Act is 
available at or from the Contract Office listed below.  
Interested institutions should pay particular attention to the sections titled 
'Chimpanzees Accepted Into System' [Section 481C(d)(2)(A)-(K)], 'Requirements' 
[Section 481C(e)(2)(A)-(H)], 'Board of Directors' [Section 481C(e)(3)], and 
'Requirement of Matching Funds' [Section 481C(e)(4)]; and

o Identify the number of chimpanzees no longer needed for research that are 
available for placement in the sanctuary.

In order for NIH to assess those organizations capable of responding to a 
Request for Proposals, we are requesting that capability statements be submitted 
by interested organizations. When responding to this notice, organizations are 
asked to review the requirements of the CHIMP Act and address the following 5 

1. Nonhuman Primate Management Experience and Stability:  (a) Describe when your 
organization was established; (b) its management structure; (c) the staff that 
would be assigned to this project; (d) their experience in managing and caring 
for chimpanzees; (e) evidence of financial stability and resources that can be 
brought to the project;

2. Matching Funds:  Provide evidence of your organization’s ability to make 
non-Federal contributions in cash or in-kind, in an amount not less than 10% of 
the establishment costs (including construction costs), and 25% of the yearly 
operational expenses;

3. Capacity to Hold Chimpanzees:  Due to cost effectiveness constraints aimed at 
achieving the savings foreseen by the Congressional Budget Office, potential 
offerors must demonstrate the capacity to house and care for at least 75 
chimpanzees. Describe your facility's present or planned capacity to manage and 
operate a system holding at least 75 chimpanzees, with the future possibility of 
expansion at the original or additional sites;

4. Working with Diverse Groups: Describe your ability and willingness to work 
with members of the animal protection community, NIH, and a wide variety of 
other interested parties. In addition, describe your experience or plans for 
using a board of directors experienced in captive chimpanzee management, animal 
protection, behavioral primatology, business management, laboratory animal 
medicine, accreditation of animal facilities, and biohazard containment;

5. Board of Directors:  Submit letters of commitment for possible members to 
serve on the board of directors of the sanctuary. Indicate the full name, 
credentials, expertise, and organizational affiliation(s) for each person.

If possible, please address the 5 items above in a capability statement of no 
more than 30 pages in length. The capability statement will neither bind nor 
obligate any organization at this time. If a Request for Proposals (RFP) is 
issued, the NIH will transmit a copy of it to all organizations whose capability 
statements have been received by the due date of May 15, 2001.  An announcement 
of availability of the RFP will also be made in the Commerce Business Daily and 
in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. Please send three copies of the 
capability statement with an accompanying signed transmittal letter so that they 
will be received at the following address by May 15, 2001:  Mr. Robert Best, 
Contracting Officer, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, DEA, Contracts 
Operations Branch, Two Rockledge Centre, Room 6100, 6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 
7902, Bethesda, MD 20892-7902.

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