NIH puts dollars 250 million contract up for grabs

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.

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

biomedical information.



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

RFP.





For more information on the project, contact Revenis at

revenisa@od.nih.gov.



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