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.

Non-R&D Contracts

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 Acquisitions

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)

NICHD e-BidBoard

The central source for searching contract opportunities, including Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Requests for Quotations (RFQs), and awards is the Contracting Opportunities website.

In addition, the following search links will assist in searching contract opportunities and awards for specific NIH components supported by NICHD OA. You can include one or more of the following as keywords on the contract opportunities search form: NICHD, FIC, NIAAA, NIDDK, NIMHD, OER.

Contract opportunities are also available through Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), Schedules, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ), Blanket Purchasing Agreements (BPAs), and other vehicles:

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