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Added: Jan 30, 2013 2:07 pmResearch Contracts: Refuge Alternative Concepts for Deployment Near the Face of Coal Mines
This publication constitutes an Agency Announcement 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 04/01/13 or until replaced by a successor announcement. Proposals must be submitted by 03:30 PM Eastern time on 04/01/13, for funding consideration during fiscal year 2013.
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 it is received before awards are made, the Contracting Officer determines that accepting the offer would not unduly delay the acquisition, and -
- there is acceptable evidence to establish that it was received at the Government installation designated for receipt of offers, and was under the Government control prior to the time set for receipt of offers, or -
- it was the only proposal recieved.
Electronic proposal submission will not be accepted. Proposals must be signed by an official authorized to bind the organization. Print copy proposals should be submitted in one (1) original and four (4) copies.
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 announcement 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 announcement 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).
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 15236-0070
B. Research Opportunity Title - Refuge Alternative Concepts for Deployment Near the Face of Coal Mines
C. Program Name - Office of Mine Safety and Health Research
D. Research Opportunity - Number 2013-N-14957
E. Response Date - This announcement will remain open until 04/01/13. Proposals may be submitted any time during this period.
F. Research Opportunity Description -
The objective of these research contracts is to develop innovative new approaches to providing refuge alternatives (RAs) in underground coal mines which can be advanced to within 1,000 feet of the working face. NIOSH is looking for concepts which overcome the barriers to employing built-in-place (BIP) type RAs which can be advanced with the working face. These new approaches must:
1. Meet the criteria for RAs as spelled out in the MSHA final rule.1
2. Address the issue of improved psychological and ergonomic comfort within the chambers by
providing additional living space per confined miner.
3. Provide as much breathable air per confined miner as possible with the minimum being that
required in the MSHA final rule.1
4. Allow for advancement with the face in an economically viable manner.
The proposed innovative approaches can include as part of their design, but are not limited to, ideas for mobile (moveable) RA stoppings, inflatable stopping concepts, protected compressed air lines, more compact and greater volume O2 and/or breathable air supply systems, and alternative approaches to borehole planning and placement.
HOW TO APPLY
Post Office Box 18070
Cochrans Mill Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15236-0070
John J Carolan,
January 30, 2013
Apr 01, 2013 3:30 pm Eastern
Automatic, 15 days after response date
April 16, 2013
Original Set Aside:
A -- Research & Development
541 -- Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services/541712 -- Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)