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R -- Uzbekistan Bioscences Engagement

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Sources Sought
541690 — Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services
Contracting Office
Other Defense Agencies, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (Headquarters), DTRA Annex, 8725 John J. Kingman Road, MSC 6201, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 22060-6201
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Point of Contact
Ian Mcneal, , Kamesha R. Walker, Phone: 7037673567
E-Mail Address
ian.c.mcneal.civ@mail.mil, kamesha.r.walker.ctr@mail.mil
(ian.c.mcneal.civ@mail.mil, kamesha.r.walker.ctr@mail.mil)
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REQUEST FOR INFORMATION DEFENSE THREAT REDUCTION AGENCY AND UNITED STATES STRATEGIC COMMAND CENTER FOR COMBATING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION COOPERATIVE BIOLOGICAL ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM UZBEKISTAN BIOSCIENCES ENGAGEMENT SUMMARY Synopsis: This is a Request for Information (RFI). This is NOT a solicitation for proposals, proposal abstracts, or quotations. This notice is for MARKET RESEARCH PURPOSES ONLY, and in no way obligates the United States Government to issue a solicitation or otherwise make a contract award. Defense Threat Reduction Agency and United States Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (DTRA/SCC-WMD) is seeking eligible performers who are qualified to conduct and accomplish the requirements specified in this RFI. Background: The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) initiated the Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) in Uzbekistan through DTRA/SCC-WMD to enhance the country's capability to identify, consolidate, and secure especially dangerous pathogens (EDPs) in order to prevent the sale, theft, diversion, or accidental release of such pathogens. To achieve its mission, CBEP works collaboratively with the partner nation, U.S. Government agencies, and the international community to enhance the capability to rapidly and accurately survey, detect, diagnose, and report biological terrorism and outbreaks of EDPs in accordance with international reporting requirements. In a sustainable manner, CBEP engagements develop human resource expertise in public and animal health, as well as promote safe and secure laboratory working environments. Purpose and Objectives: DTRA/SCC-WMD CBEP is beginning a new phase of engagement in the Republic of Uzbekistan (GoUZ), transitioning from construction and infrastructure to science related activities such as skills development, network building through international conference participation, and supporting limited fellowship projects. The Program's goal is to enhance our partner's capability to rapidly and accurately survey, detect, diagnose, and report biological terrorism and outbreaks of EDPs and diseases of security concern in accordance with international reporting requirements. For this new engagement phase, CBEP seeks an implementing organization that is capable of providing the management and subject matter expertise to execute the tasks envisioned. The following are requirements, capabilities, and deliverables the U.S. Government may require: General Requirements: • Possess the required license, permissions and certifications to operate a business in Uzbekistan, specifically in the biosciences industry. Have the capability to conduct banking transactions both in the U.S. and Uzbekistan • Provide necessary subject matter expertise to develop, integrate, manage, and implement the tasks of Skills Development, Professional Network Building, and Fellowship Support Programs in accordance with CBEP objectives • Interface with working level government, institutes, non-governmental organizations (NGOs and/or other organizations, as required, to coordinate and arrange program related meetings, conferences, and training sessions • Provide management, staffing, resources and facilities support for the successful accomplishment of all elements of the contract. This includes program management reports and communications, language services, travel support, procurement services and office space in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Scope: Skills Development Program • Design, coordinate, and execute hands-on training workshops, seminars, practical exercises, and simulations, in cooperation with DTRA and GoUZ • Reinforce a culture of biosafety and biosecurity (BS&S) and encourage the use of modern diagnostics and advanced scientific methods • Address the current technical gaps in the Uzbek Threat Agent Detection and Reporting / bio-surveillance capacity to improve their capabilities for clinical recognition, epidemiological investigation, laboratory diagnostics, and international reporting of EDPs • Potentially 4 - 5 events per year; up to 15 participants per event Professional Network Building Program • Assist Uzbek scientists, researchers, and technicians to participate in scientific conferences, establish contacts and develop relationships with the international scientific community • Link the conference with exposure visits to appropriate institutes, labs, or other organizations relevant to CBEP's interests • Focus on modern diagnostics and advanced scientific methods that improve biosafety and biosurveillance capacity • Potentially 5 - 6 CBEP approved conferences per year; 2 - 3 participants per conference Science Fellowship Program • Coordinate and execute a limited term biological sciences fellowship program focusing on CBEP priority subjects for Uzbek scientists to conduct research in the U.S. • Expose early-to-mid career life scientists to modern diagnostics, advanced research techniques, and internationally-accepted BS&S standards • Promote the establishment of relationships between the participating U.S. institutions and CBEP supported Uzbek institutions • Potentially 4 - 6 Fellows total (2 - 3 teams of two), 4 - 5 month period of performance Response Requirements: The U.S. Government invites sources to respond to this RFI that have the capability to meet these parameters and would have an interest to bid on a requirement of similar objectives. Responses shall be limited to five pages. Pages not included in the total page count are the cover page, the cover letter and the table of contents. Any and all information submitted in response to this notice is strictly voluntary and in no way obligates the U.S. Government to a monetary compensation or otherwise to make a contract award. The U.S. Government will not return any submitted data and information. The responder may solicit input on technical aspects of the responses from non-government consultants/experts bound by appropriate non-disclosure requirements. Submission Instructions: Responses shall be limited to five 8X11 pages and shall: • Confirm source's ability and interest to meet purpose and objectives provided; • Identify any aspects of the requirements stated that cannot be met and any issues/concerns with the requirements as stated; • Assess whether purpose and objectives can be accomplished within six to nine months, or provide a realistic alternative timeframe for completion; • Provide information on past performance, preferably in but not limited to Uzbekistan The responder should provide information to Ian Mcneal at ian.c.mcneal.civ@mail.mil and Kamesha Walker at kamesha.r.walker.ctr@mail.mil no later than January 6, 2017. Disclaimer and Important Notes: This is a Request for Information. There is no solicitation available at this time. Requests for Solicitation and inquiries related to same will not receive a response. THIS NOTICE IS PUBLISHED FOR MARKET RESEARCH PURPOSES ONLY, AND IN NO WAY OBLIGATES THE GOVERNMENT TO ISSUE A SOLICITATION OR OTHERWISE MAKE A CONTRACT AWARD. Any and all information submitted in response to this synopsis is strictly voluntary. The Government will not pay for any information submitted in response to this notice and shall become the property of DTRA/SCC-WMD. 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 organizations 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, DTRA/SCC-WMD CBEP may issue a pre-solicitation synopsis and a request for proposal. However, responses to this notice will not be considered adequate responses to a solicitation which may be published in the future. Confidentiality: No classified or confidential information should be included in your response. The Government reserves the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in any resultant solicitation(s). Any proprietary information should be clearly marked.
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