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A -- National Children's Study - Worcester County, Massachusetts Study Center Activities

Notice Date
Notice Type
Sources Sought
541712 — Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)
Contracting Office
Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Contracts Management Branch, 6100 Executive Blvd., Suite 7A07, MSC7510, Bethesda, Maryland, 20892-7510
ZIP Code
Solicitation Number
Archive Date
Point of Contact
Howard Cyrus, Phone: 301-435-6963, Adelola Kellum, Phone: 301-435-6955
E-Mail Address
hc163b@nih.gov, kelluml@mail.nih.gov
(hc163b@nih.gov, kelluml@mail.nih.gov)
Small Business Set-Aside
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; 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 NAICS code applicable to this notice is 541712 with a size standard of 500 employees. Background: The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) serves as the lead agency for the National Children's Study (NCS) and is seeking to identify organizations with requisite qualifications to continue the recruitment and retention activities of the NCS Study Center in Worcester County, Massachusetts. The NCS is a longitudinal cohort study to examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of approximately 100,000 children enrolled from 105 distinct geographical areas across the country to form a nationally representative sample. Environment is broadly defined to include biological, physical, chemical and social/cultural influences on children's health and development. Priority outcomes include obesity, diabetes, and physical development; injuries; asthma; pregnancy-related outcomes; child development and mental health; and identifying beneficial health effects. Additional information about the Study is available at the Study website (www.nationalchildrensstudy.gov). The Worcester County Study Center was launched in 2007 as part of a subset of contracts that expanded the NCS beyond the 7 initial Vanguard locations. The overall Study design of the NCS is to enroll women who are pregnant, or likely to become pregnant, during an approximate four-year enrollment period. To be eligible the women must reside in designated geographic areas. Children enter the Study when they are born to an enrolled mother. Each child in the Study will be followed from birth until 21 years old. Purpose: The current Study Centers serve as a platform to test the acceptability and costs of the NCS for use in planning for the Main Study. Anticipated Period of Performance: June 1, 2012 - May 31, 2013. Capability Statement: To be deemed capable of providing the current need for the Study, the respondents must have the capability to recruit, enroll and retain participants in Worcester County, Massachusetts. Respondents should submit a written capability statement that clearly demonstrates capacity in the following areas: 1. Experience. The respondent shall demonstrate previous successful experience based on studies of the relevant size and breadth, proving specific details related to each appropriate task. 2. Personnel. The respondent shall provide the name of the principal investigator, his/her professional qualifications and specific experience as a key investigator in large studies similar to the current study. The respondent shall demonstrate that the proposed investigative team and staff have previous experience in carrying out such a prospective study. 3. Facilities. The respondent shall have the necessary dedicated office space and accommodations. Space should be available, as necessary, for other activities such as testing, training, collaborative planning, meetings, etc. Capacity for primary data collection activities shall also be described. 4. Access to study population. The respondent shall demonstrate their ability to identify, follow-up and conduct study visits with women, men and children already enrolled the Worcester County, Massachusetts location. Visits could include collection of interview data, physical measurements, biological specimens and environmental samples. Women and children enrolled in the Study must be followed longitudinally to meet study goals. The respondent should be capable of performing already scheduled data collection with participants. Respondents must also be capable of following a large number of women by telephone to identify new pregnancies. 5. Relationships within the community. The respondent shall demonstrate the existence or ability to rapidly form working relationships with important entities within the location e.g. hospitals, providers of prenatal care and members of the community such that they (the research team) are recognized and trusted within the community. Respondents must include the DUNS number, organization name, address, point of contract, and size and type of small business (e.g. 8(a), HUBZONE, etc) pursuant to NAICS code 541712. If any responsible source believes it can perform the requirements outlined above, they may submit by 3:00 PM EST on December 16, 2011, their capability statements (15 page limit excluding resumes/curriculum vitae) either in electronic copy (PDF format) via email to hc163b@nih.gov or by mailing two (2) hard copies to: Howard Cyrus, Contracting Officer, NICHD Office of Acquisitions, Contracts Management Branch, 6100 Executive Blvd, Suite 7A07, MSC 7510, Bethesda, MD 20892-7510. NOTE: Capability statements sent using a delivery service (i.e. Fed Ex or UPS) or hand-carried must be sent to: Howard Cyrus, Contracting Officer, NICHD Office of Acquisitions, Contracts Management Branch, 6100 Executive Blvd, Suite 7A07, Rockville, MD 20852. Disclaimer and Important Notes: This notice does not obligate the Government to award a contract or otherwise pay for the information provided in the 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. Information provided will be used to assess tradeoffs and alternatives available for the potential requirement and may lead to the development of a solicitation. Respondents are advised that the Government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback with respect to any information submitted. No proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should be included in your response. The Government reserves the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in any resultant solicitation(s).
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Place of Performance
Address: Worcester County, Massachusetts, Worcester, Massachusetts, 01655, United States
Zip Code: 01655
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