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Educational Outreach

Solicitation Number: HHS-NIH-NIDA-SBSS-14-016
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: National Institutes of Health
Location: National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Sources Sought
Added: Jan 08, 2014 9:22 am
This is a Small Business Sources Sought notice. This is NOT a solicitation for proposals, proposal abstracts, or quotations. The purpose of this notice is to obtain information regarding: (1) the availability and capability of qualified small business sources; (2) whether they are small businesses; HUBZone small businesses; service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses; 8(a) small businesses; veteran-owned small businesses; woman-owned small businesses; or small disadvantaged businesses; and (3) their size classification relative to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for the proposed acquisition. Your responses to the information requested will assist the Government in determining the appropriate acquisition method, including whether a set-aside is possible. An organization that is not considered a small business under the applicable NAICS code should not submit a response to this notice.


The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is seeking capability statements from small business having in-house capability to assist NIDA in disseminating results and health implications of drug abuse research directly to students and teachers on a regular basis.

The Contractor will assist in the following activities: Developing content, writing, editing/ illustrating materials (e.g. articles), teaching guides, posters, as well as providing online supplemental materials for existing periodicals that have a broad circulation to the target audience-grades 6-11.

In particular, NIDA is seeking capability statements from contractors who have the ability to provide age appropriate in-classroom magazines for dissemination of NIDA's latest research on the issue of drug addiction and abuse. Additionally, the Contractor shall have experience and the ability to effectively raise awareness on drug abuse and addiction issues through communication campaigns and messages geared toward a diverse population of students, including those with lower literacy levels.

The Contractor shall have the capability to provide magazines for students in grades 6-11 with current teacher subscribers. NIDA's educational materials are distributed three times a year to a minimum of 2.4 million students and 138,018 teachers. Consequently, estimates, based on the standard practice of multiple users of each individual student textbook editions, show that as many as 9.9 million individual students receive exposure to NIDA's science and prevention information through this project. Furthermore, students receive exposure to NIDA's message through classroom posters. In addition, NIDA's educational materials reach students and teachers through the worldwide web, which serves as the content of a dedicated microsite that receives over 93,000 unique visitors a year.


The established NAICS code is 541712. Information submitted should be relevant and specific in the technical area under consideration, on each of the following qualifications: 1) Experience: An outline of previous similar projects, specifically the techniques employed in the areas described above; 2) Personnel: Name, professional qualifications and specific experience in the work requested and knowledge of, and experience in, the field of research; 3) Facilities: Availability and description of the facilities and equipment required to conduct this type of work. Also, we will consider appropriateness of professional and technical personnel classifications; any other specific and relevant information about this particular area of procurement that would improve our consideration and evaluation of the information presented. Organizations should demonstrate capability to administer and coordinate interrelated tasks in an effective and timely manner. Documentation may include, but is not limited to, government and commercial contract the organization performed, references (i.e., names, titles, telephone numbers) and any other information serving to document the organization's capability (e.g., awards, commendations, etc.).

All capability statements must provide the following: 1) company name and address; 2) point of contact; 3) phone/fax/email; 4) NAICS Code(s); 5) business size and status; 6) capability information in response to the requirement and qualifications identified in this notice; and 7) type of small business your organization classifies itself as (i.e.: 8(a), women-owned, HUBZONE, etc.) Written capability statements must be received no later than January 22, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. EST, and mailed to the Contracting Office Address below, ATTN: Patrick Kenney. Electronic capability statements will be accepted by the primary point of contact.


THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS. This notice does not obligate the Government to award a contract or otherwise pay for the information provided in response. The Government reserves the right to use information provided by respondents for any purpose deemed necessary and legally appropriate. Any organization responding to this notice should ensure that its response is complete and sufficiently detailed to allow the Government to determine the organization's qualifications to perform the work. Respondents are advised that the Government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted. After a review of the responses received, a pre-solicitation synopsis and solicitation may be published in Federal Business Opportunities. However, responses to this notice will not be considered adequate responses to a solicitation.


6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 4211 - MSC 9559
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
United States
Patrick Kenney
Phone: 301.443.6677
Kenneth E Goodling,
Contracting Officer
Phone: (301)443-6677
Fax: (301)443-7595