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V Probes


National Eye Institute / National Institute of Health


Announcement/Number:  EE20-005062

Post Date: August 06, 2020

Closing Response Date: August 16, 2020

Proposed Award Date: August 21, 2020

Project Title: V Probes

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

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


North American Classification System (NAICS) Code (include): 541715

Classification Code:  Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Nanotechnology and Biotechnology)



The Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research performs research in the fundamental brain mechanisms that allow sensory-motor coordination, specifically the visual/oculomotor system. In the Eye Movements and Visual Selection Section, the goal is to understand the neuronal mechanisms that control saccadic eye movement (a simple behavior by which the line of sight is shifted quickly from one object to another). The Plexon V-Probe with 24 channels features multiple recording channels along the length of the probe in a linear fashion, necessary to allow the researchers to gather information through layers of brain tissue in which the probe has been temporarily inserted simultaneously. The Plexon V-probe is designed like a standard one channel micro-electrode, which can be moved from region to region, and has the structural strength to pierce the Dura and record in new brain regions, a feature completely lacking in traditional multichannel electrodes. Between the linear array, and this repositioning ability the Plexon V-probe is a powerful tool for the Neurobiologist.

The Plexon V-Probe with 24 channels offers the researcher a tool to investigate multiple layers of brain activity using on electrode. Due to the unique nature of the research performed in the Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, these electrodes offer the ability to acquire data from discrete layers of the brain at once. The ability to observe how the layers of the brain interact and process visual signals will give insight into how the brain functions, advancing the research goals of the laboratory considerably.





V-Probe, 24ch, 15um elect dia, 50um electrode spacing, 120mm total length (20mm; 640um dia reinforcement tube); 210um probe dia; 300um tip to 1st site; one CON/32m-V connector interface



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


AWARD TYPE            

Firm Fixed



BLDG 49, RM 2A50



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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 August 16, 2020 and must reference number EE20-005062Responses 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: August 6, 2020