NOT-AI-21-045 2021 NIAID Omnibus Broad Agency Announcement HHS-NIH-NIAID-BAA2021-1 Now Available.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) supports research related to the basic understanding of microbiology and immunology leading to the development of vaccines, therapeutics, and medical diagnostics for the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of infectious and immune-mediated diseases. This Broad Agency Announcement is soliciting proposals that possess the research and development (R&D) expertise necessary for successfully carrying out research toward meeting the program objectives of the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID), NIAID, NIH.

The Omnibus BAA is governed by Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 6.102(d)(2) and FAR 35.016, as well as the NIH Policy Manual, Manual Chapter 6035, Broad Agency Announcements. A BAA may be used as a solicitation mechanism for basic and applied research directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art or increasing knowledge or understanding and that part of development not related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement. BAAs are general in nature, identifying areas of research interest, and shall only be used when meaningful proposals with varying technical/scientific approaches can be reasonably anticipated.

Offers submitted in response to this BAA will be required to present separate detailed technical and business proposals designed to meet the Technical Objectives described for each Research Area proposed. The Statement of Work (SOW), including the specific technical requirements and performance specifications, shall be developed and proposed by the Offeror, not the Government.

Proposals received in response to this BAA are NOT evaluated against each other since they are not submitted in accordance with a common SOW issued by the Government. Instead, Research and Technical Objectives will be provided in the BAA that describe individual Research Areas in which the Government is interested. Proposals received in response to the BAA will be evaluated in accordance with the Evaluation Factors for Award specified in the announcement. The Government reserves the right to conduct discussions with all, some, one, or none of the proposals received in response to this BAA. If discussions are conducted, the Government reserves the right to suggest modifying, adding or deleting milestones, decision points, research plans, processes, schedules, budget or product. The Government also reserves the right to make awards without discussions. Additionally, the Government reserves the right to accept proposals in their entirety or to select only portions of proposals for award. Multiple awards are anticipated. Selection for award under this BAA will be based upon the evaluation factors, importance to the agency programs, and the availability of funds.

The Research Areas included in this NIAID DMID OMNIBUS BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT No. HHS-NIH-NIAID-BAA2021-1, as well as the projected amounts of available funding, are discussed below.