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Technical Review of R&D Proposals in Emergency Situations SOP

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This SOP has internal roles only..

This standard operating procedure (SOP) includes the following sections: Purpose, Procedure, Contacts, and Links.


To ensure that R&D technical proposals are properly evaluated under emergency situations when the NIAID Scientific Review Program (SRP) is not able to coordinate the peer review process.


This SOP applies to sole source or limited competition biomedical and behavioral R&D acquisitions, including letter contracts, resulting from emergency situations as described in FAR Part 18—Emergency Acquisitions.

Review of biomedical and behavioral R&D contract proposals for contracts must meet the standards of quality for technical and scientific peer review (see 42 CFR 52h).

Contracting Officer

Contracting Officer's Representatives

  • After proposal receipt, provide the contract specialist with names of potential reviewers with expertise in the required scientific or technical disciplines.
  • When reviewers are evaluating proposals, serve as a resource to explain the intent of the RFP and address programmatic points reviewers may raise about the solicitation or work statement.
  • After reviewers have submitted technical evaluations, help the contract officer prepare a summary of evaluation results.

DEA Director

  • Approve the list of potential reviewers.


NIAID staff should work with the appropriate contract specialist or contracting officer's representative.

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42 CFR 52h, Scientific Peer Review of Research Grant Applications and Development Contract Projects

Office of Extramural Research

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Last Updated May 08, 2015

Last Reviewed March 17, 2015