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Broad Agency Announcement for Development and Demonstration of Mine Safety and Health Technology (BAA)

Solicitation Number: 2013-N-14974
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Location: Acquisition and Assistance Field Branch (Pittsburgh)
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NIOSH BAA
Announcement


BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT (BAA)


INTRODUCTION
This publication constitutes a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) by the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), as contemplated in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 6.102(d)(2). A formal Request for Proposals (RFP), solicitation, and/or additional information regarding this announcement will not be issued. This announcement will remain open until March 21,2013 or until replaced by a successor BAA. Concept papers must be submitted by March 21, 2013, for funding consideration during fiscal year 2013.
NIOSH will not issue paper copies of this announcement and reserves the right to select for award, all, some or none of the proposals in response to this announcement. NIOSH provides no funding for direct reimbursement of proposal development costs. Technical and cost proposals (or any other material) submitted in response to this BAA will not be returned. It is the policy of NIOSH to treat all proposals as sensitive competitive information and to disclose their contents only for the purposes of evaluation.
Awards under this BAA will consist of firm fixed price contracts. Therefore, proposals submitted as a result of this announcement will fall under the purview of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
I. GENERAL INFORMATION
A. Agency Name:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Office of Mine Safety and Health Research
Post Office Box 18070
626 Cochrans Mill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236


B. Research Opportunity Title: Development and Demonstration of Mine Safety and Health Technology, Office of Mine Safety and Health Research


C. Program Name: Office of Mine Safety and Health Research


D. Research Opportunity Number: 2013-N-14974


E. Response Date: This announcement will remain open until March 21, 2013. Concept papers will be accepted from the release of the solicitation through March 21, 2013. Full proposals for concept papers that are found to be technically acceptable will be due within 30 days after notification by the Contracting Officer.


F. Inquiries and Additional Information: Information and specific questions of a technical business nature only will be accepted via e-mail to the following address: minesbaa@cdc.gov. Include your name and e-mail address on the message. Responses to the e-mail questions will be handled on a first-come basis and generally will be answered within 10 business days.
PHONE CALLS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Additional information is also available online at the following address: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/omshr/minesafetybaa/
G. Research Opportunity Description ¬
The Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (MINER Act) permanently established the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research under the direction of an Associate Director, within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. One purpose of this office is to enhance the development of new technology and technological applications, and to expedite the commercial availability and implementation of such technology in mining environments. The MINER Act grants the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research the authority to (1) award competitive contracts and grants to institutions and private entities to encourage the development and manufacture of mine safety equipment and (2) award contracts to education institutions or private laboratories for the performance of product testing or related work with respect to new mine technology or equipment. This announcement is an opportunity for the award of contracts for enhancing safety in mines.
The Office of Mine Safety and Health Research, NIOSH, is soliciting proposals to conduct research, exploratory development, testing, or evaluations of new technologies to improve mine safety, or to adapt technologies from other industries for application in mining environments that could result in improved safety for mineworkers. Proposals to facilitate or expedite commercialization of demonstrated mine safety technologies are also invited.
The Sago Mine explosion underscored the gaps in safety technologies for underground coal mines, and the need to fill those gaps was a significant consideration in the MINER Act of 2006. Fatality and injury data continue to highlight the need for solutions in underground coal mining, and accordingly this has been a priority for NIOSH OMSHR, which has been emphasized in this broad agency announcement. Although the desire for technology solutions in underground coal continues to be a priority again this year, proposals to utilize technology to improve safety in surface mines are encouraged as are proposals targeting problems in non-coal mines.
NIOSH considers the following five topics, which are listed in no special order to be areas of elevated interest; but as described in this solicitation, other topics are also appropriate for consideration.
1. Technology for Detection of Hazardous Conditions: The mining environment must be properly maintained to provide safe working conditions. Monitoring control interventions, such as ventilation, and sensing unanticipated hazardous conditions, such as methane gas liberation, are critical to ensuring a safe working environment. Recently, regional or mine-wide monitoring of conditions pre- and post-accident has been enhanced through the data transmission capability provided by the communication and tracking infrastructure now mandated for mine use. While these enabling technologies are likely to spur the application of enhanced mine-wide monitoring systems, leveraging this technology for assessment of remote areas of the mine are of particular interest. The use of a battery-powered, intrinsically safe, wireless monitoring system would provide the mine operator with the capability to continuously monitor gas in a near real time basis. This capability would be improved through the development of electrically-passive detection and monitoring systems that overcome permissibility and power limitations. Such developments also need to enhance system survivability to ensure operation following a mine emergency. Another area of interest is the development of fast acting atmospheric (methane) detectors for inclusion on mobile equipment. Current technologies are limited in response time that could miners at risk to rapidly changing conditions.
NIOSH is seeking innovative solutions for improving ventilation and gas monitoring in underground mines through the use of advanced mine wide monitoring systems.
2. Battery Technology: Batteries are a common source of power in underground coal mining. Applications range from small battery units used to power mine communication and tracking devices to large batteries designed to power large-scale mining equipment. When the mine conditions are compromised, it may become necessary to de-energize the battery to prevent it from serving as a potential ignition source.
NIOSH is seeking to identify practical concepts and determine their feasibility in de-energizing or otherwise rendering batteries safe following a catastrophic mining event.
3. Technology to Reduce Float Dust: Underground coal mining produces finely divided coal dust, generally referred to as float coal dust, which deposits throughout the mine and serves as a source of combustible material for coal dust explosions. Although limestone powder, known as rock dust can be spread over coal dust to act an inerting agent, maintaining coverage is difficult as the mining operation continues to produce dust and even a thin layer of additional coal dust deposited on a previously rock dusted area can restore the explosive condition. A more proactive approach is to reduce the generation of coal dust and/or suppress its release and dispersion from the production area. Controlling the generation of the dust may be done through improved extraction technologies to mitigate the formation of dust including feasibility of modern water jet cutting or modified mechanical cutting technologies. Suppression of float coal dust may be enhanced by improved water sprays, foaming agents, or novel water curtain technologies that physically remove coal dust from the ventilating air stream. Sensing technologies to determine dispersion of float coal dust and adequacies of rock dust over large areas are also being sought to automate rock dusting application equipment.
NIOSH is seeking to provide technologies that will detect, prevent, or mitigate float coal dust generation and dispersion in underground coal mines.
4. Through-the-Earth Communication: There have been significant developments in providing through-the-earth voice communication for underground coal mines to facilitate escape and rescue during a mine emergency. Current technologies include magnetic, electric-field, and acoustic systems. Each of these systems has demonstrated some level of through-the-earth communication capability, specifically voice communication distances of up to 1,000 ft and text communication up to 2,000 ft. However, the range varies greatly with technology and mining conditions and is impacted by both mine geology and geometry and environmental factors such as extraneous noise that interfere with signal transmission and capture.
NIOSH is interested in techniques to evaluate the efficacy and extend the range and coverage of current technologies, including proposals that include cooperative test agreements between the manufacturer and the mining company to demonstrate and evaluate the performance of through-the-earth technologies.
5. Rapid Drilling for Mine Rescue: Rescue of trapped miners is always a priority following a mine disaster. Rescuing trapped requires locating the miners and quickly drilling an access hole from the surface of sufficient diameter to lower a rescue capsule into the mine area where the miners are located. Although there have been successful rescue efforts, these activities remain challenging. In particular, the drilling operation is hampered by the need to drill through voids created by previous mining or geologic zones of weakness. The need for a large diameter hole emphasizes the need for a near straight pilot hole, which delivery of a straight hole can also be complicated by geology and void areas. At times due to terrain or other property constraints, there may also be a need for directional drilling capability to facilitate drilling an access hole within minimum time.
NIOSH is seeking to enhance the capability to quickly and accurately drill large-diameter rescue holes to reach trapped miners.
The primary goal of the MINER Act technology mandate is to improve/increase the use of technology in mines to improve mineworker safety and health, and the intent of this broad agency announcement is to support enabling activities such as technology identification, validation, demonstration, adaptation, and/or commercialization. Under this specific solicitation, proposals to conduct theoretical or basic research will not be considered. The following examples are presented to further illustrate appropriate submissions under this solicitation beyond the more general guidance listed previously.
1. A safety technology that is currently in a prototype stage, which will require funding for final development and adaptation to the underground coal mining environment. This could include modification of prototypes to account for operation in the challenging underground coal environment, modification to meet permissibility requirements, and/or demonstration of the technology at actual mine sites.


2. A safety technology that is currently being used in another industry and requires modification to be adapted to underground coal mines. This could include system redesign, modification to meet permissibility requirements, in-mine testing to establish the efficacy of the technology, and/or demonstration of the technology at mine sites.
3. Analysis of candidate technologies to establish their potential to improve safety, and/or analyses of barriers to technology application or means of overcoming such barriers.
H. Instrument Type(s) and Period of Performance - It is anticipated that awards will take the form of contracts. Work that will be completed in 24 months or less is desired under this solicitation, but is not a requirement; projects requiring up to 48 months will be considered.
1. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers - N/A
2. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Titles - N/A
3. Other Information - N/A


II. AWARD INFORMATION
NIOSH plans to make awards that represent the best value to the Government in accordance with the evaluation criteria. NIOSH is seeking participants for this program that are capable of developing and demonstrating the technologies required to achieve the goals described in this announcement.
1. Total Amount of funding the program office expects to award through the announcement:
• $1 to $2.5 million for the duration of this BAA.
2. Anticipated number and estimated amount of awards:
• Given the nature of this work, NIOSH estimates that the typical project envisioned under this solicitation will require between $200,000 and $300,000, although proposals for amounts up to $500,000 will be considered. It is estimated that approximately 4 to 8 awards will be made.
3. Anticipated award types:
• The contracts will be Firm Fixed Price. NIOSH will not issue grants, cooperative agreements, or other transaction agreements under this BAA.
III. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
All potential applicants are eligible. Foreign-owned Offerors are advised that their participation is subject to foreign disclosure review procedures. Foreign or foreign-owned Offerors should immediately contact the Contracting Officer; Cynthia Mitchell at (412) 386-6434 or e-mail cmitchell@cdc.gov for information if they contemplate responding. The e-mail must reference the title and BAA number 2013-N-14974.
IV. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION
A. Application and Submission Process
NIOSH will evaluate the Concept Papers and provide feedback via email to the Offerors. Full Proposals will be solicited from Concept Papers that are of "particular value" in fulfilling the goals of the Broad Agency Announcement. However, any such request for a Full Proposal submission does not assure a subsequent contract award. Any Offeror may submit a Full Proposal even if their Concept Paper was not identified as being of "particular value." The Full Proposals must provide detailed technical and cost information as outlined herein to support the scope of the proposed effort. Full Proposals will be evaluated and a determination made for contract awards.
B. Content and Format of Concept Papers/Full Proposals
The proposal submissions will be protected from unauthorized disclosure in accordance with FAR 15.207, applicable law, and regulations. Offerors are expected to appropriately mark each page of their submission that contains proprietary information.
General Formatting Requirements (Concept Papers and Full Proposals)


• Paper Size - 8.5 x 11 inch paper
• Margins - 1 inch, all
• Spacing - 1.15 spacing
• Font - Times New Roman, 12 point
• Number of Pages - This paper including the cover page shall not exceed 10 pages in length. Concept Papers exceeding the page limit may not be evaluated.
• Copies - One (1) original and seven (7) additional hard copies.
Concept Paper Content
• Cover Page: A separate cover page shall be labeled "CONCEPT PAPER," and shall include the BAA number, proposed title, Offeror's administrative and technical points of contact, with telephone numbers, fax numbers, and Internet addresses, and shall be signed by an authorized officer.
• Synopsis of the Technical Approach (not to exceed four pages): This section shall identify specifically the mine safety problem or focus area that this proposed technology development is attempting to resolve. Also, it shall include a summary description of the objectives, scope of work, and the technical approach. Note, this section should be consistent with the summary of the deliverables and the schedule and milestones as identified below.
• Supporting Documentation: This section shall include necessary supporting documentation for the proposed technology development as follows:
o One page summary of the deliverables;
o One page summary of the schedule and milestones including rough estimates of cost for each year of the effort and total cost;


o One page listing of key personnel along with the approximate percentage of time to be expended by each person during each contract year;
o Two page concise summary of the qualifications of key personnel.
Full Proposal Content
1. Volume 1: Technical Proposal - Each section of the Technical Proposal must start on a new page. DO NOT PROVIDE COMMERCIAL PRODUCT ADVERTISING BROCHURES.


• Cover Page: A separate cover page must include the words "TECHNICAL PROPOSAL" and the following:
o BAA number;
o Title of Proposal;
o Identity of prime Offeror and complete list of subcontractors, if applicable;
o Technical contact (name, address, phone/fax, E-mail address);
o Administrative/business contact (name, address, phone/fax, E-mail mail address), and;
o Period of performance.
• Table of Contents
• Statement of Work (not to exceed 6 pages): DO NOT INCLUDE THE OFFEROR'S NAME, OR ANY PROPRIETARY DATA OR MARKINGS IN THE STATEMENT OF WORK (SOW). A SOW must be provided that clearly details the objectives, scope of work, and the technical approach. Proposals must include a severable, unclassified, self-standing SOW without any proprietary restrictions. It is anticipated that the proposed SOW may be incorporated as an attachment to the resultant award instrument. The Government also reserves the right to modify the proposed SOW based on clarification sessions with the Offer prior to the agreement award. The following SOW format shall be used:
o Title of Project: Provide descriptive title that reflects the proposed effort.
o Problem Statement or Focus Area: Identify specifically what mine safety problem or focus area this proposal is attempting to resolve.
o Background: The background section should provide a clear indication of the relevance of the proposed effort and discuss the technology that will be proposed in general, non-technical terms. The background section should address three specific areas:
• Identify the enabling technology that is being proposed and how this technology will be used to solve the issue designated in the problem statement.
• Identify the state of readiness of the enabling technology and what is needed to bring the proposed technology to the level of development necessary to solve the designated problem.
• Identify any known or perceived barriers to the implementation of this technology due to the uniqueness of the mining environment or statutory regulations.
o Objective: A succinct statement of what will be done relevant to the problem statement and the expected outcome if this effort is funded.
o Scope of Work: The scope of work should provide a clear description in non-technical terms as much as possible and should also expand on the project objectives and of the major steps that will be undertaken to achieve the proposed outcome. The scope of work should address the following areas:
• Current state of the technology.
• Specific information addressing the issues expressed in the background section pertaining to how the technology will be developed to solve the problem.
• Describes the specific tasks and phases of the work.
• Specify the period of performance for the total effort and each task or phase.
• Milestones and schedule of events that can be used as progress metrics and decision points regarding the development of the technology.
• Identify the required steps to overcome the perceived barriers to the implantation of this technology.
• Potential paths or avenues to commercialization.
• References: Describes any reference materials that may be relevant to the work being performed.
• Deliverables and Reporting Schedule: Detailed summary of deliverables to be provided under the contract. Describe any reporting requirements including content and format, including Delivery and ownership of products hardware produced under this effort. Also required is delineation of documentation including but not limited to the following:
o Monthly technical reports
o Phase or milestone reports
o Final report
o Ad hoc report(s) as needed
• Special Considerations: Information that does not fit neatly or logically into one of the other sections.
• Government Furnished Property: Document any government furnished property that is required to complete the scope of work.
• Assertion of Data Rights (not to exceed 1 page): Include here a summary of any proprietary rights to pre¬existing results, prototypes, or systems supporting and/or necessary for the use of the research, results, and/or prototype. Any rights made in other parts of the proposal that would impact the rights in this section must be cross-referenced. If there are proprietary rights, the Offeror must explain how these affect its ability to deliver subsystems and toolkits for integration. Additionally, Offerors must explain how the program goals are achievable in light of these proprietary and/or restrictive limitations. If there are no claims of proprietary rights in pre¬existing data, this section shall consist of a statement to that effect.
• Qualifications (not to exceed 5 pages): A discussion of previous accomplishments and work in this, or closely related areas, and the qualifications of the investigators. Key personnel resumes shall be attached to the proposal and will not count toward the page limitations.


• Management Approach (not to exceed 5 pages): A discussion of the overall approach to the management of this effort, including brief discussions of the total organization, use of personnel, project/function/subcontractor relationships, government research interfaces, and planning, scheduling and control practice. Identify which personnel and subcontractors (if any) will be involved. Include a description of the facilities that are required for the proposed effort with a description of any government furnished equipment, hardware, software, or information required, by version and/or configuration (Refer to Section VII).


2. Volume 2: Cost Proposal - The Cost Proposal shall consist of a cover page and two parts. Part 1 will provide a detailed cost breakdown of all costs by cost category and by calendar/fiscal year. Part 2 will provide a cost breakdown by task/sub task using the same task numbers in the Statement of Work. Options must be separately priced.


• Cover Page: The use of the SF 1411 is optional. The words "COST PROPOSAL" should appear on the cover page in addition to the following information:
o BAA number;
o Title of Proposal;
o Identity of prime Offeror and complete list of subcontractors, if applicable;
o Technical contact (name, address, phone/fax, E-mail address);
o Administrative/business contact (name, address, phone/fax, E-mail address);
o Duration of research and demonstration tasks, and;
o Summary statement of proposed costs, and;
o Cognizant DCAA and DCMA point of contact, address, phone/fax/ and E-mail if available.
• Part 1: For proposal pricing purposes, Offerors should assume a contract start date of ninety (90) days after submission of the proposal. Part 1 should include the detailed breakdown of all costs by cost category and by calendar/fiscal year. When options are contemplated, options must be separately identified and priced by task/subtask corresponding to the same task numbers in the Statement of Work. Please include:
o Direct Labor - Individual labor category or person, with associated labor hours and unburdened direct labor rates;
o Indirect Costs - Fringe benefits, overhead, G&A, COM, etc. (Must show base amount and rate);
o Proposed Contractor - Acquired equipment, such as computer hardware, for proposed research projects should be specifically itemized with costs or estimated costs. An explanation of any estimating factors, including their derivation and application, shall be provided. Please include a brief description of the Offeror's procurement method to be used;
o Travel - Number of trips, number of days per trip, departure and arrival destinations, number of people, etc.;
o Subcontract - A cost proposal as detailed as the Offeror's cost proposal must be submitted by the subcontractor. The subcontractor's cost proposal can be provided in a sealed envelope with the Offeror's cost proposal or will be requested from the subcontractor at a later date;
o Consultant - Provide consultant agreement or other document that verifies the proposed loaded daily/hourly rate;
o Materials should be specifically itemized with costs or estimated costs. An explanation of any estimating factors, including their derivation and application, shall be provided. Please include a brief description of the Offeror's procurement method to be used;
o Other directs costs, and;
o Fee/profit including fee percentage.
o Offerors are to provide any current Forward Pricing Rate Agreements in effect at the time of the proposal submission.


• Part 2: Cost breakdown by task/subtask using the same task numbers in the Statement of Work. When options are contemplated, options must be separately identified and priced by task/subtask corresponding to the same task numbers in the Statement of Work. Included in this section shall be a proposed payment schedule, linked to the cost breakdown, deliverables, and milestones.


**Subcontracting Plan: (Note: This requirement does not apply to small business concerns.) Offerors should complete the Small Business Subcontracting Plan found at the HHS Office of Small Business Utilization, http://www.hhs.gov/osdbu/form.html.
C. Significant Dates and Times
This announcement will remain open until March 21, 2013. Offerors are responsible for submitting concept papers or proposals, and any modification, or revisions, so as to reach the Government office designated in the solicitation by the time specified in the solicitation.
1. Submission of Concept Papers: Concept papers must be received prior to 4:30 p.m. EST time on March 21, 2013.
2. Submission of Proposals: Full proposals for concept papers that are found to be technically acceptable will be due within 30 days after notification by the Contracting Officer. The proposals must be received prior to 4:30 p.m. EST time on the date specified by the Contracting Officer.
3. Late submissions: Any proposal, modification, or revision received at the Government office designated in the solicitation after the exact time specified for receipt of offers is "late" and will not be considered unless there is acceptable evidence to establish that it was received at the Government installation designated for receipt of offers and was under the Government's control prior to the time set for receipt of offers.
4. Address for the Submission of Concept Papers and Full Proposals:
Cynthia Y. Mitchell
Contract and Grants Management Officer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Box 18070
626 Cochrans Mill Road, Building 140
Pittsburgh, PA 15236-0070
Phone: 412-386-6434
V. EVALUATION INFORMATION
A. Evaluation Criteria
Concept Papers and full proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria, which are listed in descending order of importance:
1. The alignment of the proposed problem solution to the mine safety goals outlined in this solicitation or demonstrated impact of proposed work to resolve a significant mine safety issue (30%).
2. Clear description of how/why the proposed approach represents a new or improved solution (20%).
3. Consideration of the risk/reward of the proposed effort and assessment of the likelihood for practical or commercial success (20%).
4. The qualifications of the project team and Offeror's capabilities to achieve the proposal objectives (15%).
5. Realism of the proposed budgetary costs to complete all elements of the proposed work (15%).
6. Past Performance: Offeror should supply a summary of several recent (no more than 5) projects completed, including where possible, customer name, timeframes for work, and level of success achieving outcome - Plus Ten (+10) to Minus (-10) Points.
Industry Partnering - NIOSH encourages collaboration with mining industry partners who understand the reality of the mining environment and can provide insight into mine design requirements and potential commercialization of the technology.
Normally an entire proposed effort is funded; however, NIOSH may be interested in funding part or parts of a proposal. For this reason the government requires Offerors to write the SOW in the form of separate tasks. It facilitates evaluation and provides an easy way to select desired tasks. If NIOSH decides to fund only part or parts of a proposal, the notification letter may request the Offeror to revise the cost proposal to reflect only what will be funded.
B. Evaluation Panel
Technical and cost proposals submitted under this BAA will be protected from unauthorized disclosure in accordance with FAR 3.104-5 and 15.207. The cognizant program officer and other government scientific experts will perform the evaluation of technical proposals. Government business professionals will evaluate cost proposals. Restrictive notices notwithstanding, one or more support contractors may be utilized as subject-matter-expert technical consultants. Similarly, support contractors may be utilized to evaluate cost proposals. However, proposal selection and award decisions are solely the responsibility of government personnel. Each support contractor's employee who has access to technical and cost proposals submitted in response to this BAA will be required to sign a non-disclosure statement prior to receipt of any proposal submissions.



VI. AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION
A. Administrative Requirements
1. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code - The NAICS code for this announcement is 541712 with a small business size standard of 500 employees.
2. Central Contractor Registry (CCR) - Successful Offerors not already registered in the CCR will be required to register prior to award of any grant, contract, cooperative agreement, or other transaction agreement. Information on CCR registration is available at http://www.ccr.gov/.
3. Certifications - Full Proposals should be accompanied by an Online Representation and Certifications Application (ORCA) certification package in accordance with FAR clause 4.1201. The certification package should be completed online with ORCA at https://orca.bpn.gov/login.aspx. For contract proposals, the certification package is entitled, "Representations and Certifications for Contracts."
B. Reporting ¬


The following is a sample of deliverables that could be required under a typical research effort:
• Technical and Financial Progress Reports;
• Presentation Material;
• Other Documents or Reports, and/or;
• Final Report.
At a minimum a final technical report is required and is to be delivered in both hard copy and electronic format. The final report must be 508 compliant. If the final report contains proprietary information, a second version of the report must be prepared and submitted that is suitable for public release.
However, please note that specific deliverables (that may include software and hardware deliverables) may be proposed by each Offeror and finalized during negotiations.
VII. OTHER INFORMATION
A. Government Property/Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) and Facilities
Each proposer must provide a very specific description of any equipment/hardware that it needs to acquire to perform the work. This description should indicate whether or not each particular piece of equipment/hardware will be included as part of a deliverable item under the resulting award. Also, this description should identify the component, nomenclature, and configuration of the equipment/hardware that it proposes to purchase for this effort. It is the government's desire to have the contractor purchase the equipment/hardware for deliverable items under their contract. The purchase on a direct reimbursement basis of special test equipment or other equipment that is not included in a deliverable item will be evaluated for allowability on a case-by-case basis. Maximum use of government integration, test, and experiment facilities is encouraged in each of the Offeror's proposals.
B. Government research facilities may be available and could potentially be considered government furnished equipment/facilities. These facilities and resources are of high value and some are in constant demand by multiple programs. The use of these facilities and resources will be negotiated as the program unfolds. Offerors should not assume that government owned facilities, including the Safety Research Coal Mine, or the Experimental Mine, are available for research ideas submitted under this announcement. If these facilities are essential to the research proposal, the Offeror needs to clearly identify the reasons for using these facilities. If the facilities are not available during the proposed time frame for the research described in the Concept Paper and there are no other field site options listed, the Concept Paper will be rejected.
Contracting Office Address:
Post Office Box 18070
626 Cochrans Mill Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15236-0070
Primary Point of Contact:
Cynthia Y. Mitchell
Contracting Officer
akq9@cdc.gov
Phone: 412-386-6434

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Post Office Box 18070
Cochrans Mill Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15236-0070
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Cynthia Y. Mitchell
Phone: 412-386-6434