Notice Type: Sources Sought Notice
Subject: Scientific and
Classification Code: A - Research & Development
Solicitation Number: NCNS1000-14-00368
Place of Performance (address): Primarily from the
Place of Performance Country: US
Eastern Region Acquisition Division
The anticipated North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code is 541712 Research and Development Physical, Engineering, Life Sciences (except Biotechnology). The small business size standard for this NAICS code is 500 employees. All interested sources are encouraged to address their capability to provide all of the below requirements. Interested sources shall state their size status given the NAICS code herein.
The nature of the work to be performed is scientific and technical support services. Services may include the collection, application, and analysis of physical, chemical, biological, remote sensing, atmospheric, contaminant, and land use data relevant to the
Submitted Capability Statements shall include the following: (1) Company name and address (2) DUNS number (3) Type of business (e.g., large business, small business, 8(a), veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran owned small business, HUBZone small business, small disadvantaged business, and/or women owned small business, as validated via the System for Award Management (SAM) (4) Company point of contact - name, phone and email address (5) Demonstration of the capabilities for meeting all of the requirements listed below:
a. Sampling Program Design: Design a field sampling program for the central U.S.
b. Data capture: Work with a team of scientists to record the fish species present and their abundance on a coral reef at a number of sites by SCUBA and/or snorkeling.
c. Data entry and verification: Enter data from field sheets or other hard copy documents and/or obtain data from an outside organization in one of various formats (spreadsheet, statistical package data set, or data base management system) and verify the entered data by comparison with field sheets and writing database programs to identify outliers and possible errors in the data.
d. Data and statistical analysis and graphic display: Write computer code to shape and subset the data. Analyze the data using conventional statistics and pattern identifying methods such as principal component analysis or cluster analysis. Visually display the data and analytical results using plotter output.
e. GIS analysis: use ARCView or ARC/INFO package to show spatial patterns in the data.
f. WEB design and maintenance: Design, implement, and maintain a WEB site to present the results of a completed or ongoing project.
g. Human Dimensions: Developing a human dimensions program within an agency or organization that links nature sciences with human valuation of oceans and coastal use.
h. Report and publication preparation: Organize and prepare written reports for various aspects of project, sampling design and justification, Powerpoint presentations, and scientific journal publications.
i. Provide scientific expertise to develop an algorithm to detect clear, partly cloudy, and cloudy pixels in satellite data. This task will utilize multi-spectral information to classify each pixel. The cloud detection algorithm will provide clear and cloudy pixels to other operational products.
j. Conduct habitat assessments in the field to determine the accuracy of benthic habitats maps that were derived from remote sensing imagery.
k. Modify, improve, and evaluate algorithms producing currently operational products such as reef fish ecological predictive models.
l. Provide science support for the development and evaluation of new models to predict species habitat utilization patterns.
m. Adapt existing or develop new algorithms for STELLA Models in such areas as species population dynamics.
n. Develop a methodology to collect and save certain data from the NOAA operational data streams. These tasks may entail collection of data from numerical models, operational satellite data, derived satellite products, and ground data. The data sets will have to be merged, documented, and made available to the science community.
o. Develop and implement biological monitoring programs to define boundaries of marine protected areas.
p. Develop procedures to process AIRS data into radiance and geophysical products.
q. Develop ecological models to conduct impact assessments under various management strategies.
r. Implement the use of acoustic sampling equipment to define species migration patterns.
s. Perform scientific analysis/research in support of chemical impacts for environmental measurement. Develop coastal land use data in designated areas; evaluate the rate of copper use and analyze associated copper data to determine how much ends up in associated water bodies; develop algorithms describing copper speciation and complication in the water bodies; and investigate the possibility of linkage with a hydrodynamic model.
t. Assist in the development of a monitoring program for early detection and monitoring of coastal alien species for areas of concern (coral reefs, harbors and ports, and marine protected areas) with standardized monitoring protocols.
u. Perform oceanographic remote sensing with the use of existing time series of satellite imagery and moored data; Design field sampling, apply relevant programs and devising new analysis solutions to integrate the data, prepare reports, papers, and data sets for users and present results.
v. Provide professional, administrative, or technical services in support of each member's initiatives and assigned missions including programmatic support, analyze and review program management policies, produce outreach materials.
w. Provide administrative support to the Director and staff of an active research center in answering telephones, filing documents, schedule appointment, and prepare domestic and international travel order and vouchers.
Standard brochures will not be considered a sufficient response to this notice. Interested sources shall submit an electronic copy of their Capability Statement to
All responsible sources may submit a capability statement that shall be considered by the agency. To be eligible, vendors must be registered with System for Award Management (SAM):
https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/##11 and obtain and DUNS number by calling 1-800-333-0505.
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