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The Mali Service Center (MSC) is an independent entity that NIAID established to manage National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funds in Mali in an accountable manner and provide necessary administrative services to NIH-supported research activities. Currently, an NIAID contractor manages the MSC.
Yes, NIAID/NIH requires that all projects in Mali use the MSC to manage and disburse research funds. This stipulation is noted on the Notice of Award (NoA).
Yes, the IC would need to enter into an Inter-Agency Agreement with NIAID/NIH. The IC would also have to obtain a signed agreement from their Malian partner institution stating that the MSC will receive and disburse project funds.
The MSC must receive a copy of the agreements and budget between the NIAID/NIH-funded institution and the cooperating organization in Mali.
Requests are made through the contracting officer's representative, Dr. Ydrissa Sow, in the NIAID Office of Global Research. See the standard operating procedure for requesting MSC financial and administrative assistance.
No, only the program officer can submit a work assignment requesting MSC services.
No, the MSC is currently managed by an NIAID/NIH contractor, and construction contracts are outside the contractor’s scope of work. The MSC can pay only invoices related to the construction but not supervise the work being done.
No, the MSC has a five-year exoneration on procurement and importation taxes on goods obtained for NIAID/NIH activities.
Dr. Mame Niang is the director of the NIAID Mali Office. Dr. Niang assists the MSC in verifying and reviewing invoices for NIAID's Division of Intramural Research (DIR), Division of Clinical Research (DCR), and Office of Global Research (OGR) programs before they are sent to the contracts office and contracting officer's representative.
She gives the MSC technical guidance on the work assignments from DIR, DCR, and OGR.
She also serves as a liaison between the contractor managing the service center and the various project leaders or subject matter experts designated on DIR, DCR, and OGR work assignments.
Last Updated February 09, 2012
Last Reviewed June 27, 2011