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Sensory Unit


National Eye Institute / National Institute of Health


Announcement/Number:  EE21-002000

Post Date: December 23, 2020

Closing Response Date: January 03, 2021

Proposed Award Date: January 07, 2021

Project Title: Sensory Unit

Contracting Office: National Eye Institute, Building 31, Room 6A52

Contact Point/Contracting Officer/Contract Specialist: Elaine Estrella,

North American Classification System (NAICS) Code (include): 541690

Classification Code:  Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services



The National Eye Institute (NEI), Division of Intramural Research (DIR), Veterinary Research Resource Section, (VRRS), functions as lead IC for the Building 49 Central Animal Facility (CAF) which provides animal care services to six (6) additional ICs on the NIH Bethesda campus. The Building 49 Central Animal Facility houses over 20,000 cages of rodents, over 400 cages of both New and Old-World Primates (NHP), numerous swine, as well as various other species, in support of the mission of the seven ICs occupying the facility.

The Building 49 Central Animal Facility (CAF) is beginning a major renovation project which includes 8 NIMH animal holding rooms on the 1st Floor and 4 NEI animal holding rooms on the 2nd Floor of the Bldg. 49 CAF. This project will involve major demolition of concrete masonry unit walls, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems. The demolition of these systems will cause vibration and noise throughout the building and we will need to monitor/record these activities to determine if they are disrupting the animals housed within the CAF. We require a specialized monitoring system due to the ability of animals to hear and feel vibrations that humans cannot hear or feel. Dataloggers are available that can monitor vibration or sound, but they are not calibrated to operate within the hearing range of the animals housed within the CAF.








Sensory Environmental Monitoring device that will perform the following function:

-           Provide real time and logged data which will enable us to determine if the construction activities are affecting the animals housed within the building.

-           Must be a mobile unit in an easy to use/move platform that can also be left in place to log long-term environmental conditions.

-           Specialized equipment that is capable of logging unique environmental conditions such as noise, vibration, temperature, humidity and light.

-           Designed and calibrated to detect ultrasonic sound that a cannot be heard in a normal human range.

-           Designed and calibrated to detect small vibrations that a cannot be felt in a normal human range.

-           Provide an overlay of a selected species (Mouse, Rat, Old World Non-Human Primate, New World Non-Human Primate, Swine) audiogram over a live or recorded spectrogram.

-           All sensors must be able to fit in a 12”(L) x 7”(W) x 7”(H) closed rodent cage while being able to monitor conditions from outside the cage in real time.

-           1-year warranty

-           Remote training and technical support for 1 year






Payment will be made 30 days after internal receiving in NIH system.


AWARD TYPE          

Firm Fixed



BLDG 49 RM B1W28



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Closing Statement: This notice is not a request for competitive proposals.  However, interested parties may identify their interest and capability to respond to this notice.  Responses to this notice shall contain sufficient information to establish the interested parties’ bona-fide capabilities for fulfilling the requirement and include: unit price, list price, shipping and handling costs, the delivery period after contract award, the prompt payment discount terms, the F.O.B. Point (Destination or Origin), the Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and the certification of business size. All offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM)

A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed action based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. The information received will normally be considered solely for the purposes of determining whether to proceed on a non-competitive basis or to conduct a competitive procurement.

All responses must be received by January 03, 2021 and must reference number EE21-002000Responses may be submitted electronically to or hand delivered in person. Fax responses will not be accepted.

“All responsible sources may submit a bid, proposal, or quotation which shall be considered by the agency.”

Last updated: December 23, 2020