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Collaborative Research on Mood Disorder and Reward Processing

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Title: Collaborative Research on Mood Disorder and Reward Processing
SBContract Opps ID: NBD00159909705747881
Document Type: Special Notice
State: Maryland
Agency: (Federal) Department of Health and Human Services
FSC Code: R - Professional, Administrative and Management Support Services
NAICS Code: 541690 - Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services
Set Aside: N/A
Solicitation No.: NIMH195262445
Source: Members Only
Place of
Contractor's site United States
Posted Date:
Mar 14, 2019
Last Update: Mar 14, 2019
Due Date: Mar 29, 2019

Point of Contact
, , Phone: 3018275218 Fax: valerie.whipple@nih.gov

Opportunity History
  • Original Synopsis
    Mar 14, 2019
    4:07 pm
Solicitation Number :
Notice Type :
Special Notice
Synopsis :
Added: Mar 14, 2019 4:07 pm
This is a pre-solicitation non-competitive (notice of intent) synopsis to award a contract without providing for full or open competition. THIS IS A NOTICE OF INTENT, NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. A SOLICITATION WILL NOT BE ISSUED AND PROPOSALS WILL NOT BE REQUESTED.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), intends to negotiate and award a purchase order to Dr. Narun Pornpattananangkul on a sole source basis for the following: (a) the development of decision-making tasks that allow us to study reward-processing during fMRI and M/EEG in children with vs. without mood disorders and (b) an implementation of computational modeling to capture different aspects of reward-processing.

The intended procurement is classified under NAICS code 541690 with a Size Standard of $15.0 Million.

The resultant contract will include all applicable provisions and clauses in effect through the Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2019-01 dated December 20, 2018.

This acquisition is conducted under the authority of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 13-Simplified Acquisition Procedures, Subpart 13.106-1 (b) (1), Soliciting from a single source and is not expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold. Contracts awarded using FAR Part 13-Simplified Acquisition Procedures are exempt from the requirements of FAR Part 6-Competition Requirements.

Mood Brain & Development Unit (MBDU) is a laboratory designed to conduct brain imaging studies in children. Such research requires diverse expertise in computational modeling and cognitive neuroscience across various modalities, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and electroencephalography (EEG). MBDU requires collaborative efforts to enhance the impact of research performed on site at the NIMH. MBDU requires a leading authority who can capture different aspects of reward processing in mood disorders with computational models at different modalities (fMRI, MEG, EEG). MBDU requires that the consultant has developed well-validated procedures for evaluating reward-processing in children that are highly congruent with the research question and data acquired by (MBDU). These are questions that examine relationships between reward-processing and mood disorders.

The overall goal of collaboration with the contractor is to delineate aspects of brain function that relate to both normal and pathological processing during decision-making of reward-related stimuli. MBDU and the contractor have used similar protocols in research in both brain imaging and behavioral studies. MBDU seeks a consultant to provide the following: (a) the development of decision-making tasks that allow us to study reward-processing during fMRI and M/EEG in children with vs. without mood disorders and (b) an implementation of computational modeling to capture different aspects of reward-processing. The contractor has a leading role in all these projects including overseeing the technical work of research fellows, data analysis, and writing of scientific reports. The purpose of this acquisition is to acquire a contractor to oversee the dissemination of these methods to other collaborating laboratories.

Specific Requirements: The contractor shall assess and analyze data from the aforementioned projects and shall assist in manuscript preparation and publication. The contractor also will provide materials to collaborators so that they might complete studies of reward-processing and mood disorders. The contractor will perform these duties in collaboration with existing members of the Intramural Research Program. The contractor will also oversee training of NIMH-IRP staff on the newly implemented research procedures. The contractor will prepare and maintain materials that arise from this research in a format that can be easily shared with other scientists. The contractor will also work with the NIMH preparing manuscripts that present the results from this work; the contactor will perform these duties by applying a range of tools with which the contractor possesses expertise. The contractor should understand data analytic procedures, using computer languages, such as R, Matlab and Python. The contractor should understand how to use ePrime to interpret results from experiments and design studies that extend these results.

Level of Effort: During the period of performance of the first nine months from date of award, the contractor shall provide approximately 40 labor hours. Thereafter, during the option years, the contractor shall provide approximately 5 hours per week, not to exceed 267 labor hours.

The Contractor shall visit MBDU on the NIH campus between one and two times during each of the contract years.

The period of performance is one 9-month base year from the date of award and two 12-month option years.

Proposed Base Year: 04/01/2019 - 10/31/2019
Proposed Option Year One: 11/01/2019 - 10/31/2020
Proposed Option Year Two: 11/01/2020 - 10/31/2021

Dr. Narun Pornpattananangkul
135b Chapman St.
Wakari, Dunedin, 9010
New Zealand

Dr. Narun Pornpattananangkul is the only vendor that NIMH is aware of that has a background in psychology or medicine with a published track record of research relevant to clinical phenotypes (e.g. depression, anxiety, anhedonia, aging, and development). His extensive experience in computational modeling neuroeconomic models of behavior (decision making, reinforcement learning); ability to fit Bayesian models of behavior; in depth knowledge of neuroimaging (fMRI, rsMRI) data analysis; prior knowledge of electrophysiology (EEG, MEG) data analysis; evidenced by publications in scientific journals (first-authored three (3) scientific papers in the last five years). Dr. Narun Pornpattananangkul has facilitated the impact of research by creating pipelines for analyzing large amount of neuroimaging data and by incorporating computational models into the analyses at different modalities (fMRI, MEG and EEG).

THIS SYNOPSIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS. However, if any interested party believes it can meet the above requirement, it may submit a capability statement, proposal or quotation, which shall be considered by the agency. The statement of capabilities and any other information furnished must be in writing and must contain material in sufficient detail to allow the NIMH to determine if the party can perform the requirement. Responses must be received in the contract office by 3:00 PM EDT, on March 29, 2019. All responses and questions must be in writing and emailed to Michelle Cecilia, Contracting Specialist via electronic mail at michellececilia.cecilia@nih.gov and valerie.whipple@nih.gov . Fax responses will not be accepted.

A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed contract based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. The information received will be considered solely for the purposes of determining whether to proceed on a non-competitive basis or to conduct a competitive procurement. No collect calls will be accepted. In order to receive an award, Contractors must be registered and have valid, current Entity record, including current Representation and Certifications, in the System for Award Management (SAM) through SAM.gov.

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Primary Point of Contact. :
Valerie Whipple,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 3018275218
Secondary Point of Contact :
Michelle M. Cecilia,
Contract Specialist
Phone: 3018277199
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General Information
Notice Type:
Special Notice
Posted Date:
March 14, 2019
Response Date:
Mar 29, 2019 3:00 pm Eastern
Archiving Policy:
Automatic, on specified date
Archive Date:
March 30, 2019
Original Set Aside:
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541 -- Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services/541690 -- Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services

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