NIH GUIDE, Volume 24, Number 38, October 27, 1995

P.T. 34



  Clinical Medicine, General 

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

is conducting a market search for sources capable of providing the

necessary services for a proposed contract to support the

Perinatology Research Branch (PRB).  Such support services shall

include accessibility to pregnant patients and newborns, provision of

dedicated space for operation of the PRB, staffing of

non-professional and certain support professional positions,

communications and computer support, and supporting laboratories as

further described below.  The initial period of performance is

anticipated to be five years.

BACKGROUND:  The mission of the Perinatology Research Branch, a part

of the Intramural Division of NICHD, is to conduct clinical and

laboratory research in maternal, fetal, and neonatal diseases

responsible for perinatal morbidity and mortality.  The PRB

emphasizes a multi-disciplinary approach and uses expertise from

clinical disciplines (obstetrics, neonatology, perinatal pathology),

basic sciences (molecular and developmental biology, biochemistry,

physiology), and clinical epidemiology to improve the etiologic

understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders

related to infant mortality.  The PRB conducts original research and

trains research specialists in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Neonatology,

Pediatric Pathology, and other related fields.  The NICHD, through

the PRB, shall have complete authority and jurisdiction for the

development, direction, and accomplishment of the scientific agenda,

research priorities, and training mission.

CONTRACTOR EXPECTATIONS:  A service provider type contract will be

awarded to support the PRB, which will be relocated to dedicated

facilities owned or leased by the contractor for the specific purpose

of this contract.  The successful contractor shall possess the

qualifications or meet the requirements, as follows:  (1) Is an

organization that has the academic, clinical and scientific

environment required to attract and recruit qualified clinical and

basic research trainees and staff, and to render the services

necessary for the support of clinical and laboratory research

conducted by the PRB; (2) Is located within one hour driving distance

from the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda,

Maryland; (3) Has a demonstrated ability to support strong clinical

and basic science research efforts.  The contractor must be able to

provide support for research programs encompassing randomized

clinical trials of labor management, prenatal diagnosis, perinatal

cardiology, fetal endoscopic diagnosis and surgery and human

developmental and molecular embryology; (4) Has a level III Newborn

Special Care Unit, with a minimum of 2,500 deliveries per year of

which at least 30 percent are high-risk pregnancies; (5) Has the

clinical population and expertise to support a successful application

to the appropriate sub-specialty Board for an additional two fellows

per year in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, two per year in Neonatology, and

one per year in Pediatric Pathology.  This will be in support of the

NICHD, PRB plans for establishing and funding Board-approved training

programs in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Neonatology and Pediatric

pathology; (6) Has an AAALAC accredited animal care facility.


able to provide a wide range of personnel including secretarial,

clerical, technical, nursing, sonographic, and data management

services, which will be required for the execution of the research

mission of the PRB.  The contractor shall also provide the services

of medical technologists, developmental psychologists, programmers,

obstetricians, neonatologists, and other health care personnel on a

task order or fee for services basis as required to service the PRB

mission and/or augment specific protocols undertaken by the PRB.  The

contractor shall be required to provide and renovate space (either

its own or other dedicated areas to be leased to the Government

through the contract) necessary for use of NICHD, PRB personnel

(scientists and supporting personnel) and contractor personnel.  A

minimum of 20,000 square feet of space will be required over a five

year period of time.  Within six months of the contract award, 12,000

square feet of space with renovations must be available to initiate

contract performance.  All space will be renovated by the contractor

to NICHD, PRB specifications and will be considered as

Government-leased space for the sole purpose for performance of this

contract.  Renovated space shall include office and administrative

space, a Prenatal Diagnostic Center, laboratory space, and a separate

Intrapartum Unit in close proximity to the contractor's labor and

delivery floor.  Space related services to be acquired under this

contract shall include housekeeping, telecommunications, computer

support, security, parking, utilities, and maintenance.  The

Government shall provide, as Government furnished property,

substantially all of the office furniture, computer equipment, and

laboratory/scientific equipment needed for contract performance.


This announcement is not a Request for Proposals (RFP).  The purpose

of this synopsis is to determine the availability of organizations

that have the capability to provide the services as stated herein and

might be interested in submitting a proposal.  It is anticipated that

an RFP will be issued early in 1996 and that a contract will be in

place in the late fall of 1996.  Interested organizations should

submit seven copies of a letter of interest along with a detailed

description of their capabilities and qualifications in meeting the

requirements stated herein.  Capability statements must be submitted

by November 21, 1995 to:

Ms. Virginia DeSeau

Contracts Management Branch

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Executive Building, Suite 7A07

6100 Executive Boulevard MSC 7510

Bethesda, MD  20892-7510


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