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U.S. Army Seeks Continuation of Forum on Microbial Threats

Hospital-Associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The bacteria shown is strain MRSA252, a leading cause of hospital-associated infections in the U.S. and U.K. Credit: NIAID

The US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) is seeking participation in a committee composed of the nation’s top scientists, engineers and other experts, in order to discuss key stakeholder issues surrounding antimicrobial resistance.

A contract was awarded to the National Academies of Sciences on in 2014 for participation in the Forum on Microbial Threats. The Forum is uniquely positioned to stimulate original thinking about new as well as long-standing problems in areas related to Microbial Resistance due to the unofficial nature of its deliberations coupled with the neutrality of the National Academies.

The period of performance of the current contract ends in September 2017. This Request for Information is to gauge interest in the upcoming requirement for USAMRMC participation in the Forum of Microbial Threats and to determine if there are any other Forums or Committees available to provide these services.

The purpose of the Forum is to:

  • Promote a regular and ongoing exchange of information and ideas about critical issues among stakeholders
  • Clarify policy and research issues and identify options that require additional emphasis and research, and encourage leading scientists, public health professionals, medical care providers, private industry, and others to further explore these areas
  • Inform public and private sector decision- and policymakers about the scientific basis and public health needs and understanding related to infectious diseases
  • Create priority and collaborative initiatives that require in-depth analysis of existing data and research, particularly in instances where new strategies are necessary to advance progress on the emergence, detection, and response to infectious diseases.

Information received will be used to determine industry capabilities and determine whether a contract can be executed on a sole source basis.

Further details are available via Solicitation Number: W81XWH-17-RFI-02.

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