2NIH RESEARCH CONTRACTS Erin Flynn PacificoDivision of Acquisition Policy & Evaluation OAMP/NIH
3NIH Research Contracts What are they?How do you find out about them?How are successful offerors selected?Should you try to get a contract?
4Research Project Grants and R&D Contracts at the NIH FY 2012 NIH Budget in Billions of Dollars
5NIH FY 2011 ACQUISITIONS $5,172.5 MShows dollars in millions and percentages of total dollars. Excludes micropurchases, deobligations.
6NIH FY 2010 ACQUISITIONS $5,972.0 MShows Dollars in Millions and percentages of total dollars. Includes all acquisition FY 2010 actions (Funded and Unfunded).
7NIH FY 2011 ACQUISITIONS $2,527.1 M, R&D CONTRACTS Shows dollars in millions and percentages of total dollars. Excludes micropurchases, deobligations. Includes zero dollar actions.
8NIH FY 2010 ACQUISITIONS $2,649.0 M R&D CONTRACTS Shows Dollars in Millions and percentages of total dollars. Includes all R&D contract FY 2010 actions by NIH COACs.
9Contracts: What Are They? Contracts are mutually binding legal relationships obligating the seller to furnish supplies or services and the buyer to pay for them.Contracts are subject to protests, claims, and terminations for default or convenience.
10Contracts: What Are They? Not a grant or a cooperative agreement.Used when the primary purpose is to acquire goods or services for the direct use or benefit of the Government.Greater Government control/direction of project.
11Contracts: What Are They? Usually result from an offer made by a bidder or offeror and acceptance of that offer. Can be competitive or sole source.Government-initiated Statement of Work.
12What Else? Contracting Processes 1. Sealed bidding – involves competitive bids, public opening of bids, and award2. Contracting by negotiationMost R&D projects will be negotiated
13What Else? Types of Contracts 1. Fixed-price- agreement to deliver services at the time specified for a price that cannot be changed2. Cost-reimbursement- used when uncertainties exist such that cost of performance cannot be estimated with sufficient reasonableness to use a fixed-price contractMost R&D projects are cost-reimbursement
14Similarities to Grants Peer review of concepts and proposals including use of Scientific Review OfficersTeam Approach to Contract ManagementContracting Officer/Contract Specialist and Project Officer (PO/COTR)
15Similarities to Grants Required compliance with regulations and policies, such as animal welfare, human subjects protection, fiscal management and administrative complianceSubmission of invoices and technical progress reports
16Differences between Contracts and Grants Federal Acquisition Regulation, Health and Human Services Acquisition Regulation, NIH acquisition policiesSubject to public policy initiatives and social and economic programs
17Differences between Contracts and Grants Will likely involve negotiations and opportunity to submit revised proposals after negotiations are concludedProposals are evaluated against technical evaluation criteria created for that project
18Sample Technical Evaluation Criteria 1. Technical Approach - 35 PointsSuitability and feasibility; methods and procedures2. Scientific Rationale - 30 PointsSoundness of the scientific rationale of the proposed concept; rationale of the likelihood of obtaining goal
19Sample Technical Evaluation Criteria 3. Qualifications and Availability of Proposed Scientific and Management Staff - 25 PointsLeadership and Management Structure; Scientific and Technical Staff; Subcontractors
20Sample Technical Evaluation Criteria 4. Facilities and Resources - 10 PointsDocumented availability and adequacy of facilities, equipment, and resources
21How Do I Find Out About Contracts? Plans to award contracts and notice of awarded contracts exceeding $25,000 are published in the Federal Business Opportunities
26Should You Try to Get an NIH Contract? Keep in mind that in FY2012 the NIH expects to award approximately $3.5 billion in research contracts.Preparing a proposal requires individual and institutional resources.You must realistically assess your chances of winning a contract.
27Should You Try to Get an NIH Contract? Carefully read the Request for Proposals that interests you. It contains all the information needed to prepare a proposal.Will you be able to convince peer reviewers that you understand the problem and have a sound approach?
28Should You Try to Get an NIH Contract? How would your personnel, especially key personnel, rate in an evaluation?How would your facilities score?If you are not successful, request a debriefing from the CO to find out why you were not selected for award and to get information that will help you better compete in the future.
29Additional Information The NIH Contracts Page contains a link to “A Guide to the NIH Acquisition Process” and other information.A link to the FARhttps://www.acquisition.gov/far/