The National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID) has issued a solicitation for data management services to support the Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS).
CEIRS is an integrated network of centers designed to bring together multidisciplinary teams of researchers that perform surveillance related research integrated with research on host immune response, viral pathogenesis, and the factors that control the emergence and transmission of influenza viruses. The overall goal of the CEIRS network is to provide the information and public health tools needed to control the impact of epidemic influenza and the threat of pandemic influenza.
The CEIRS network has made significant contributions to influenza research through global surveillance studies that have provided insights into the natural history of influenza A viruses in wild birds, virus ecology and viral hosts; served to evaluate the effectiveness of strategies for controlling the spread of animal influenza viruses; provided improvement of sample collections and detection of influenza viruses in primary clinical specimens; and provided a better understanding of the antigenic diversity of influenza viruses and how influenza viruses emerge.
This contracting effort will establish a Data Processing & Coordinating Center (DPCC) for NIAID’s CEIRS network, which will collect, process, track and coordinate the diverse influenza data sets generated by the centers. The DPCC will facilitate the CEIRS network data management and transfer to appropriate public databases and provide a website for sharing CEIRS related information and documents.
Offerors are expected to demonstrate the capability to operate and maintain state-of-the-art computer-based systems and for defining and implementing procedures for the collection, management, storage, and quality control of all CEIRS network research data and for the management and reporting of data and other information for studies supported under the CEIRS network.
The contract is a small business set-aside with a duration of one base year with six option years. The anticipated award date is March 2014. Further details are available under Solicitation Number: RFP-NIAID-DMID-NIHAI2013176.