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Special Notice: 49100423R0001 - Notice of Intent to Award Sole Source

The National Science Foundation (NSF) intends to issue a Firm Fixed Price Contract Award to a single source under the authority of FAR 6.302-1(a)(i), Only One Responsible Source and No Other Supplies or Services Will Satisfy Agency Requirements on or about 31 January 2023 to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Washington, DC. The period of performance will be for twenty-four (24) months.

The scope of work requires executing the legislative mandate as set forth in Title III (National Science Foundation for the Future), Section 10311 (PreK-12 STEM Education) of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 (Pub.L. 117-167). NSF intends to award this requirement as a sole source contract to NAS. The services sought are those necessary to meet the requirements stated in Section 10311 of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. Specifically, NSF will enter into an agreement with the National Academies whereby the Academies will conduct a study that reviews and identifies specified gaps in the research literature; present a compendium of specified findings; identify barriers to implementing specified innovations; and make recommendations to specified organizations and other stakeholders.

A Request for Information has not been published via as the legislative mandate precludes such action. The statutory authority permitting other than full and open competition is Title 41 U.S.C. 3304(a) (1), Use of Noncompetitive procedures, as implemented by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 6.302-1 -- Only One Responsible Source and No Other Supplies or Services Will Satisfy Agency Requirements.

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for this requirement is 541720, with the size standard of $28M. This notice of intent is not a request for proposals or quotes; however, all responsible sources may submit a quotation and technical capabilities, which, if received within fifteen (15) calendar days of publication of this notice, shall be considered by NSF. All responses must be submitted to the Government point of contact at the email address shown below. A determination by the Government not to open the requirement to competition based upon the responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government.

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Michelle Parrott, Contract Specialist
National Science Foundation
Division of Acquisition & Cooperative Support
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: (703) 292-7910