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Project Concept for Contracts

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This SOP has internal roles only.

Standard Operating Procedure Table of Contents

Purpose

To identify the basic purpose, scope, and objectives of the project.

Procedure

NIH regulations require that NIH institutes and centers obtain peer review of each R&D contract project concept before issuing a solicitation for biomedical and behavioral research (42 CFR 52h.10). The concept identifies the basic purpose, scope and objectives of the project. Exceptions to this requirement are detailed in NIH Manual Issuance 6315-1, item E.1(a)(3).

Contracting Officer's Representative (COR)

  • Develop R&D project concepts based on prior discussions with advisory groups and other interactions with the scientific community.
    • This may involve performing in-depth literature searches, assessing previous contract results, and discussing the concept with scientific staff in and outside the government.
    • In these discussions, do not disclose advance information about an acquisition that would give anyone an unfair advantage.
  • See the Concept Development SOP for other initiative development steps, including concept clearance.

Contracting Officer (CO)

  • Before issuing a solicitation, ensure that a peer review group or scientific review group (e.g., Advisory Council or Board, Board of Scientific Counselors, Program Advisory Group (PAG), or a Special Emphasis Panel) approves the project concept under requirements of 42 CFR 52h.
  • If a substantial amount of time has passed since the concept review, prior to award of the contract determine whether peer review is required again to ensure the continued scientific merit of the concept.
  • If the NIAID director or designee defers the presolicitation peer review, ensure that the solicitation states that a peer review group has not yet reviewed the project concept and must do so before proposal review—otherwise we are not allowed to make an award.

NIAID Director or Designee

  • You may defer the presolicitation peer review of a project concept if you determine that the accomplishment of essential program objectives would otherwise be placed in jeopardy and any further delay clearly would not be in the best interest of the government.
  • When you defer presolicitation concept review, document the basis for that determination.

Contacts

Offerors, see the Office of Acquisitions staff listing for the appropriate contract specialist.

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Links

Concepts: Potential Opportunities

NIAID Funding Web site

Concept Development SOP

Last Updated July 16, 2014

Last Reviewed May 24, 2012