NICHD furthers its mission through planning, soliciting, negotiating, awarding, and administering contracts related to research and other types of activities.
The NICHD Office of Acquisitions (OA) provides resources and guidance to help NICHD and other NIH components purchase items or services for the government. OA negotiates awards and administers contracts and simplified acquisitions for NICHD, Fogarty International Center (FIC), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER).
About Contracts & Acquisitions
Research and Development (R&D) Contracts
R&D contracts allow the government to address critical needs, such as the acquisition of clinical trials, vaccine development, statistical and data coordinating centers, animal models, and the maintenance of reagent and specimen repositories. (More info: FAR Part 35)
R&D contracts do not include grants or cooperative agreements.
The government uses non-R&D contracts to acquire commercial supplies and services for the government. These contracts include purchases that are above the Simplified Acquisition Threshold, the maximum dollar value of contracts allowable under simplified acquisition. (More info: FAR Part 12)
Simplified acquisition procedures reduce the administrative burden on awarding contracts with dollar amounts below the Simplified Acquisition Threshold. Simplified acquisition allows for such things as oral quotes, sealed bidding, and negotiated procurement. (More info: FAR Part 13)