This Request for Information (RFI) is being issued to solicit comments and information from potential providers of a Benthic Fluid Flow Instrument (FLOBN). The University of Washington may acquire such an instrument for use on the Regional Scale Nodes (RSN) component of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) network. This device, installed at the summit of Southern Hydrate Ridge in the Northeast Pacific Ocean, will make in situ measurements of fluid flow at the seabed of a methane seep environment.
The responses to this RFI will assist in formulation of instrument requirements and specifications. The information gathered may also be used to identify the most applicable technology and potential providers of a FLOBN. Responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by University of Washington Purchasing to form a binding contract. Respondents are solely responsible for all expenses associated with responding to this RFI.
All documents submitted as part of this process are considered part of the public record and thus available for any party’s review upon request. If a request is made to view information the University will comply according to appropriate Public Disclosure statutes.
Supplier should clearly identify any material such as, but not restricted to, valuable formulae, design, drawing, and research data claimed to be exempt from public records request, as allowable by law (RCW 42.56.270), along with a statement of the basis for such claim of exemption. The University will give notice to the supplier of any request for disclosure of such information. Failure to so label such materials or to timely respond after notice of request for public disclosure has been given shall be deemed a waiver by the submitting supplier of any claim that such materials are, in fact, exempt.
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