The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), one of the world’s leading biodefense research organizations, is seeking a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to better manage information generated by their increasingly advanced scientific instrumentation.
USAMRIID has identified critical capability shortfalls with respect to management of high content data generated by scientific studies, particularly with information assurance concerns that prevent networking of data-generated instrumentation to enable proper archiving and sharing of information for increased scientific productivity.
To overcome these shortfalls, USAMRIID has issued a formal Request for Information (RFI) seeking vendors with the capability to provide a custom LIMS that addresses the challenges posed by USAMRIID’s unique work environment.
The core competency of USAMRIID is working safely and securely with dangerous pathogens in biocontainment, using the unique laboratory facilities available in the institute. The high-content data-generating instrumentation that enables USAMRIIDS research creates a tremendous challenge in data management.
Additionally, DoD security requirements are often incompatible with the software and operating systems required to operate the instruments and analyses, causing a decentralized operating environment where each lab contains many data silos. This currently places the burden on scientists to integrate datasets from disparate functional areas.
USAMRIID is seeking a compliant system in which a project can be managed effectively across multiple functional areas, deliver workflow tasks to production scientists and technicians, report status and results to scientists and program managers, and reduce the amount of administrative burden on USAMRIID personnel so more resources can be spent executing research.
A full list of requirements is available under Solicitation Number: W23MYC-LIMS RFI-2012.