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This standard operating procedure (SOP) includes the following sections: Purpose, Procedure, Contacts, and Links.
To enable NIAID to communicate requirements to prospective contractors and to solicit proposals for contracts.
RFPs are solicitations for proposals under negotiated procedures (see FAR 15.203). They are initiatives, developed and approved within the Institute. For biomedical and behavioral R&D, concepts for RFPs go through NIAID's advisory Council for clearance. See the Concept Development SOP.
RFPs contain all the information that prospective offerors need to prepare proposals. At a minimum, RFPs for competitive acquisitions should describe the following:
Letter RFPs may be used in sole source acquisitions and other appropriate circumstances. Use of a letter RFP does not relieve the contracting officer from complying with other FAR requirements. Letter RFPs should be as complete as possible and, at a minimum, contain the following:
Oral RFPs are authorized when processing a written solicitation would delay the acquisition of supplies or services to the detriment of the Government and a notice is not required under FAR 5.202 (e.g., perishable items and support of contingency operations or other emergency situations). Use of an oral RFP does not relieve the contracting officer from complying with other FAR requirements.
NIAID staff prepare RFPs using the uniform contract format:
RFP publication dates are based on a plan approved by heads of NIAID's Office of Acquisitions (OA), Scientific Review Program (SRP), the relevant program division, and the DEA phasing coordinator.
Published RFPs can be found on Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) at Extramural R&D Solicitations until the closing date, after which FedBizOpps moves them to the Archives.
Refer to the contacts listed in the RFP or see the OA staff listing for contract specialists.
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Contract Deliverables and Reporting Requirements SOP
Mandatory Qualification Criteria for Offerors SOP
FAR Part 15.2, Solicitation and Receipt of Proposals
Independent Government Cost Estimate SOP
NIH Directory of RFPs Listed by Institute
NIH Manual 6315-1, Initiation, Review, Evaluation, and Award of Research & Development (R&D) Contracts
Specification Package—Template with Instructions for Broad Agency Announcement
Withdrawal of a Nonresponsive Application SOP
Last Updated July 16, 2014
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