Washington, DC: If you are in the agency business, you may want to add the name of Anthony Revenis to your Rolodex. In fact, you may want to start calling him your summer Santa.
Washington, DC: If you are in the agency business, you may want to
add the name of Anthony Revenis to your Rolodex. In fact, you may want
to start calling him your summer Santa.
Revenis, a contract specialist at the National Institutes of Health, is
the point person for a staggering dollars 250 million, five-year
integrated contract that the organization has put up for grabs.
According to Revenis, more than 350 companies - ranging from PR agencies
to Web design specialists - have already expressed interest in the
mega-bucks piece of business, which, in government parlance, is an ID/IQ
contract (indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity). In short, this means
that the contract could reach the dollars 250 million sum depending on
which specific projects are undertaken.
Revenis said that the NIH is looking to hire generalists and specialists
- potentially two dozen companies in all. Among the services the
organization is looking for are PR, social marketing research, editorial
support for publications and Web site design.
’Contractors are strongly encouraged to demonstrate and describe their
specific expertise and knowledge in developing communications
strategies, programs, materials for minority, Spanish-speaking and
underserved populations,’ states the official RFP. ’NIH is soliciting
services to enable all of its Institutes and Centers to achieve and
maintain high-quality performance in the areas of media, communication
and information dissemination and technology, particularly where this
expertise does not exist in-house.’
With the massive PR and marketing push, the NIH is hoping to uncover new
knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. The
organization’s activities include conducting research in its own
laboratories, supporting the research of non-government scientists,
training research investigators and fostering the communication of
The current deadline for the NIH contract is September 15, but Revenis
said that the organization is considering extending it. He added that
awards will be made to firms based on past performance - so if you don’t
have the demonstrated skills, don’t waste your time responding to the
For more information on the project, contact Revenis at