The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “Ocean Leadership”), with funding from the National Science Foundation, is soliciting proposals from qualified organizations interested in providing optical instruments and related services to support the objective of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The OOI will construct a networked infrastructure of oceanic sensor systems to measure physical, chemical, geological, and biological variables in the ocean and seafloor.
Three classes of optical instruments are being procured: Multiple Wavelength Fluorometer / Optical Backscatter instruments, Optical Attenuation and Absorption instruments, and Downwelling Spectral Irradiance instruments. These instruments were previously advertised via two separate RFPs—RFP 1410-00003 for Fluorometer/Optical Backscatter Instruments on Fixed Platforms, and RFP 1410-00002 for Optical instruments on Fixed Platforms that were subsequently cancelled. Vendors may choose to propose any one, two, or three classes of instruments. The three classes of instruments may be awarded separately or they may be awarded to the same vendor. The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to select Offeror(s) who will provide the instruments needed as described in Section C and in accordance with the specifications stated in Section J, Attachments J-1, J-2, J-3, and J-4. of the RFP. The Contract resulting from this RFP will be an Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) with Delivery Orders funded and awarded individually post-award as a firm fixed price (FFP) award.
The RFP addresses all of the specifics associated with this award. Special attention should be paid to Section L, Instructions to Offerors, and Section M, Evaluation Factors for award.
This RFP does not obligate Ocean Leadership to award any contract or delivery order nor does it commit Ocean Leadership to pay for any costs incurred in the preparation and/or submission of proposals.
The documents listed below are for informational purposes and may be of assistance in responding to the RFP:
- June 14, 2011: RFP issued
- June 16, 2011 1:00 PM EDT: Submit request to participate in Bidder’s Conference
- June 17, 2011: Bidder’s conference
- June 21, 2011 1:00 PM EDT: Deadline for submitting questions
- June 24, 2011 4:00 PM EDT: Responses to questions posted
- July 13, 2011 11:59 p.m. EDT (8:59 p.m. PDT): Proposals due