NIH issues 'sources sought' notification for pathogen research

NIH issues sources sought notification for pathogen research.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a "sources sought" notification in researching host and pathogen interactions this week.

Information submitted in response to this notice will be utilized in determining work related to an existing contract with Emory University. The NIH noted that this is not a solicitation for proposals and no submissions will be promised any sort of contract related to this work. The purpose of this notice is to collect the capabilities of small or disadvantaged business that would be interested in work in this kind of research.

The NIH aims to increase the number of labor hours with the Emory University contract. The research has been focused on pathogen interaction using live forms of experimental malaria with animal models. The scope of work includes clinical and physiological monitoring, immune system profiling, and other activity.

Capabilities noted in submissions should meet the following: laboratories should have access to rhesus macaques on a daily basis, facilities and staff should have knowledge and experience in challenge studies associated with sporozoite and blood-stage inoculums, and staff should have knowledge of assay development.

Sources are to indicate staff experience, a statement regarding feasibility of potential work, current capabilities of the source’s facilities and related projects completed.

All submissions should be submitted electronically through ecps.nih.gov/NIAID through the available contract proposal submission form. Submissions should be sent no later than 5 p.m. (ET) Dec. 4.

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