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NASA Solicitation: Research and Development Servicies From The Mississippi Research Consortium

Status Report From: Stennis Space Center
Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013

Synopsis - Mar 01, 2013

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNS13DA002
Posted Date: Mar 01, 2013
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Mar 01, 2013
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Mar 11, 2013
Current Response Date: Mar 11, 2013
Classification Code: A -- Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712

Contracting Office Address

NASA Office of Procurement, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000


NASA/SSC has a requirement for Research and Development Services from the Mississippi Research Consortium.

NASA/SSC Office of Procurement intends to issue a sole source, firm fixed price conctract to the Mississippi Research Consortium under the statutory authority of FAR 6.302-3 (a)(2)(ii) and 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c) (3), Industrial Mobilization Engineering, Development or Research Capability, or Expert Services. There will be only one award made for this requirement and the period of performance shall be one (1) base year with four (4) one-year options.

The Government intends to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12.

The Statement of Work is provided below:

Statement of Work (SOW) Mississippi Research Consortium (MRC)

Section 1 Introduction:

The Contractor shall provide engineering and scientific research to NASA, other Government agencies and various tenants at the John C. Stennis Space Center. The areas of work include remote sensing applications, ecosystem integration and analysis, coastal community resiliency and sustainable development, sediment transport and nutrient input, water quality, climate change and variability effects on regional ecosystems, advanced environmental education techniques, acoustics, image analysis, geographic information systems, computational fluid dynamics, polymers/ceramics, electron microscopy, microelectronics, micro-electromechanical systems, magneto hydrodynamics, diagnostics instrumentation, and other associated scientific, computational and engineering areas. Specific examples of past research in these several of these areas is shown in Section 5 below. The Mississippi Research Consortium (MRC) is a collaboration of four Mississippi universities dedicated to providing research and technology development to various state and federal agencies. The MRC consists of Jackson State University (JSU), Mississippi State University (MSU), University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and University of Mississippi (UM).

Section 2 Administering Institution:

The contract will be administered by a single MRC institution that will serve as the MRC liaison to NASA in the performance of this contract. The administering institution will be responsible for: a. Receiving statements of work from the NASA Office of Procurement. b. Distribute the SOW within three work days to each MRC institution office of sponsored research with instructions on the procedure and required schedule for submitting proposals. c. Collecting and reviewing the proposals to verify the technical requirements are met, including budget and schedule. d. Providing all submitted proposals to NASA, along with MRC recommendation of the proposal that best meets the requirements of the individual SOW and provides best value to the Government. e. Provide the total cost of the proposal to government. f. Entering into a contract with the MRC institution selected by NASA when a fixed cost research proposal is funded by NASA. g. Performing general oversight and administrative functions. h. Providing monthly invoices. i. Providing status reports on project schedules to the MRC institutions, the NASA Contracting Officer (CO) and the NASA Contracting Officer Representatives (COR) j. Require each Principal Investigator (PI) to provide a technical report at the conclusion of the research before final payment is made to the PI or the PI Institution k. Provide NASA CO and COR one copy of all final reports within 90 days of the completion of each project. l. Include the final report in the SSC's Technical Documentation System prior to closeout of a project. m. Close out all projects within 90 days of completion of each project. The administering Institution will provide a management plan describing the statistics to be collected and periodically reported. NASA will select the administering institution based on an evaluation of "Proposals for Administration" which may be submitted by any MRC institution. The proposal for admistration must include a detailed management plan that describes the process flow that would be used for operation of the MRC. The management plan narrative is limited to 10 pages and the entire proposal including pricing and personnel qualifications is limited to a total of 20 including attachments.

Section 3 Contract Type:

The Government intends to award a five year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) type contract. Section 4 Areas of Research:

Ranges from Rocket Propulsion Testing, Simulation and Modeling Research, to Technical Reviews and Environmental Research.

Typical Examples of Research Required

The below list is not all inclusive of the research that may be required: 1. Research and development of advanced methods of uncertainty analysis applicable to the rocket engine testing. 2. Studies, analytical predictions and empirical data on the metallurgy and life expectancy of the heat affected areas and heavily corroded test facilities, including test fixtures, support structures, flame deflectors and diffusers. 3. Perform research and collect data leading to the development of appropriate methods to repair/replace aging infrastructures and facilities. Also including the study and dissemination of modern approaches to the analysis of fatigue and the remaining life on facilities exposed to the rocket engine test environment. This effort should include an assessment of all systems including valves, pumps, compressors, piping and closure systems as well as an evaluation of materials for fluid compatibility, operating methodology and appropriate maintenance practices. 4. Novel approaches to the generation and recovery of specialized gases and liquids in the rocket test environment including both gas and liquid phases of hydrogen and, oxygen and nitrogen and helium. 5. Development and improvement of models and data collection for the forecasting of surface, wind, air temperature and atmospheric pressures. 6. Perform a review of those pressurant and propellant system/subsystems to identify areas where risk can be mitigated or eliminated. 7. Perform analyses of systems/subsystems to identify where increased operating efficiencies could be achieved if some level of automation were to be incorporated within a system/subsystem. Identify viable approaches toward the implementation/integration of identified systems/subsystems. 8. Analytical models and collection of experimental data from subscale test models of rocket engine test facilities to support the development of acoustic energy impact and structural dynamics in response to acoustical energy input. 9. Research and development into methods to collect and analyze constituents of rocket engine propellant in real time during hot fire testing. 10. Provide technical reviews, analyses, and historical analogs of developing NASA program requirements to determine the strategic implications and demand for SSC core competencies, facility infrastructure, and concepts of operation. 11. Research and development of hydrodynamic models of coastal estuarine and riverine systems which can be used to assess watershed processes sediment transport storm water runoff and related water quality issues. 12. Research and development of techniques that improve the integrated analysis of remote sensing and in-situ coastal estuarine and riverine data sets. 13. Perform a high level of review of historical data and provide research to help identify areas where improvements in fluid conservation and energy consumption could be substantially reduced. Identify new technology that may be applied to reduce system operating/maintenance costs. 14. Research and development of advanced mathematical techniques that support the creation of accurate predictive models of atmospheric, oceanographic, coastal, estuarine and riverine dynamics and processes.

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:00 p.m. local time on March 11, 2013. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government. The NAICS code is 541712 and 500 Employees.

Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice and NO SOLICITATION DOCUMENT exists.

All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency.

NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The Center Ombudsman for this acquisition can be found at .

Point of Contact

Name: Gregory Fletcher
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 228-688-2223
Fax: 228-688-1141

Name: Gerald L Norris
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 228-688-1718
Fax: 228-688-1141

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