From: NASA HQ
Posted: Friday, February 24, 2006
Synopsis - Feb 24, 2006
Solicitation Number: NNH0631306L
Posted Date: Feb 24, 2006
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Feb 24, 2006
Original Response Date: Mar 13, 2006
Current Response Date: Mar 13, 2006
Classification Code: A -- Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541990 - All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Contracting Office Address
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters Acquisition Branch, Code 210.H, Greenbelt, MD 20771
The Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP) at NASA has undergone significant changes and restructuring over the past few years. The purpose of this RFI is to communicate the current structure, elements, mission and products of the IPP in preparation for the issuance of an RFP for services that will replace the prior network which consisted of the Regional Technology Transfer Centers (RTTC), the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) and the National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC).
A single contractor will be sought to provide services that will recognize current business climates and communication capabilities, with a focus on a technology-based approach to partnership development. Services will be structured to provide support to NASA Headquarters, all NASA Field Centers, and all program elements of the IPP. IPP program elements include the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program, the Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Program, the Enterprise Engine (EE), the Technology Transfer (TT) Program and the Space Product Development (SPD) Program. The EE is a new initiative designed as an investment vehicle to support innovative, dual-use technology development which will help NASA achieve its mission, and also help better position these technologies for future commercial use. A Request for Information was issued for the EE initiative on February 6, 2006 as Solicitation Number NNH0622806L entitled “Venture Capital Project" (Red Planet Capital).
Due to budget reductions, the scope of this anticipated effort will be significantly reduced from the work performed by the prior network.
The mission of IPP within NASA is to provide leveraged technology for NASA Mission Directorates, Programs and Projects through technology investments and partnerships with industry, academia, government agencies and national laboratories.
The primary purpose of all these technology investments and partnerships is to advance the technology position of NASA. The nature and design of the anticipated activities is expected to yield dividends to both the non-NASA partners and other stakeholders through the development of such things as new products and processes.
The elements of IPP are in various stages of maturity and redesign, and their full integration is still in progress. Definitions, strategies and metrics are currently being established.
IPP will provide significant value to NASA through the delivery of a combination of the following products.
REQUEST FOR WHITE PAPERS
External organizations and individuals are sought to provide input and comments on how best to structure a contract to provide services to the IPP. This will be done via the submission of white papers, which may address one or more of the topic areas below. White papers should not consist of more than five pages of 12-font text and three pages of graphics. Any submittal that exceeds these page limits will not be reviewed.
Information submitted as a direct response to this RFI will not be made publicly available, but may be used, without credit or reference to the source of the material, in documents that will be made publicly available at a future date. Respondents will not be notified of the results of the evaluation.
Reviews may be performed by multi-discipline review teams, which may include third parties, such as contractor personnel who support NASA. As such, to the extent that any information is submitted in response to this RFI is marked as, or construed to be, proprietary or business sensitive, submitters are hereby notified (a) about the potential that such information may be disclosed to third parties, and (b) that submission of information in response to this RFI constitutes consent to such handling and disclosure of submitted information.
White Paper Topics
IPP is seeking input on the following topics, although papers addressing other important aspects relevant to IPP and the anticipated contract are also welcome.
All documents should be delivered in electronic format using Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat no later than Monday, March 13, 2006, 4:30 EST to Kathleen.K.Needham@nasa.gov.
This RFI is being used to obtain information for planning purposes only.
As stipulated in FAR 15.201(e), responses to this notice are not considered offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract.
This RFI is subject to FAR 52.215-3.
Point of Contact
Name: Kathleen K. Needham
Title: Lead Technology Commercialization Specialist
Phone: (202) 358-1982
Fax: (000) 000-0000
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