CANCER INFORMATION SERVICE

RELEASE DATE:  November 21, 2003

NOTICE:  NOT-CA-04-002   

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
 (http://www.nci.nih.gov)

The Office of the Cancer Information Service, located in the Office of 
Communications, National Cancer Institute (NCI), is responsible for the 
operations of the Cancer Information Service (CIS) program.  NCI 
intends to award 15 base contracts to operate the CIS Partnership 
Program. All offerors must propose to operate the base contract in one 
of the designated regions below.  One base award will be made for each 
region.  CANCER INFORMATION SERVICE REGIONS are as follows:  NEW 
ENGLAND: (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode 
Island, Vermont); NEW YORK: (New York); ATLANTIC: (Delaware, New 
Jersey, Pennsylvania); MID-WEST: (Michigan, Indiana, Ohio); MID-
ATLANTIC: (Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia); 
SOUTHEAST: (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina); MID-SOUTH: 
(Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi); 
COASTAL: (Florida, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands); NORTH CENTRAL: 
(Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin);  HEARTLAND: 
(Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska);   SOUTH CENTRAL: (Oklahoma, 
Texas);  ROCKY MOUNTAIN: (Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, 
Wyoming); NORTHWEST: (Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington); 
CALIFORNIA: (California);  PACIFIC: (Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific 
Territories [American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, and 
Guam]. 

Offerors may also choose to propose on one or more of the following 
four Modules.  

MODULE 1:  CIS RESEARCH COORDINATION—The Government intends to award 
four contracts to include CIS Research Coordination.  While the 
contract Statement of Work requires all CIS contractors to participate 
in health communications research activities, the Government intends to 
implement a Research Coordination function in each Cluster (Cluster 
designations shown below) to provide research-related expertise and 
support for the Partnership Program offices in the Cluster.  Offerors 
should propose an individual who will work with CIS contractors in the 
Cluster and the Project Office to implement the CIS National Research 
Agenda. PREREQUISITE: To be considered for Module 1, offerors must 
first be determined to be technically acceptable to operate the base 
Partnership Program contract in one of the regions.  Please note that 
offerors are free to propose only on the Partnership Program if they 
choose.  

MODULE 2:  CIS COORDINATING CENTER--The Government intends to award 
four contracts to include operation of one CIS Coordinating Center in 
each Cluster.  Each Coordinating Center will operate a Contact Center 
and provide additional services such as STET Partnership Program 
support to a designated Cluster of Partnership Program Regions. 
Designated Clusters for Coordinating Centers shall be organized as 
follows; the Northern CIS Cluster which consists of the following CIS 
regions: NEW ENGLAND, NEW YORK, ATLANTIC, and MID-WEST; the Southern 
CIS Cluster which consists of the following CIS regions: MID-ATLANTIC, 
SOUTHEAST, MID-SOUTH, and COASTAL; the Central CIS Cluster which 
consists of the following CIS regions:  NORTH CENTRAL, HEARTLAND, SOUTH 
CENTRAL, and ROCKY MOUNTAIN; and the Western CIS Cluster, which 
consists of the following CIS regions: NORTHWEST, CALIFORNIA, and 
PACIFIC.  Each Contact Center will  operate the toll free telephone 
service at 1-800-4-CANCER and the Smoking Quitline at 1-877-44U-QUIT 
and provide LiveHelp Instant Messaging Services.  In addition, the 
Coordinating Centers will provide the following services to the CIS 
network:  1) Training Services to a Cluster of CIS Partnership Offices, 
and 2) Coordination of regional information for a CIS national website.  
PREREQUISITE: To be considered for Module 2, offerors must first be 
determined to be technically acceptable to operate the base Partnership 
Program contract in one of the regions.  Please note that offerors are 
free to propose only on the Partnership Program if they choose.  

MODULE 3: National Spanish Call Service - -The NCI intends to award one 
contract to include operation of a call service to provide Spanish 
language services for the nation during regular hours of operation in 
all time zones.  The award will be made to one successful offeror of a 
Partnership Program contract and Module 2: CIS Coordinating Center.   
PREREQUISITE: To be considered for Module 3, offerors must first be 
determined to be technically acceptable to operate the base Partnership 
Program contract in one of the regions, and on Module 2: CIS 
Coordinating Center.  Please note that offerors are free to propose 
only on the Partnership Program and Module 2 if they choose.  

MODULE 4: E-Mail Response Service- -The NCI intends to award one 
contract to include operation of an E-Mail service responding to 
individuals who address cancer information questions to NCI’s website 
Cancer.gov.  Award of this Module will be made to one successful 
offeror of the base Partnership Program contract and Module 2, the CIS 
Coordinating Center.  PREREQUISITE: To be considered for Module 4, 
offerors must first be determined to be technically acceptable to 
operate the base Partnership Program contract in one of the regions, 
and on Module 2: CIS Coordinating Center.  Please note that offerors 
are free to propose only on the Partnership Program and Module 2 if 
they choose.  

It is anticipated that 15 cost-reimbursement, incrementally funded, 
completion type contracts (to include the Modules) will be awarded for 
a five-year period of performance beginning on October 15, 2004.  The 
incumbent contractors are:  Yale University, #NO2-CO-01100; Sloan 
Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, #NO2-CO-01101;  Fox Chase 
Cancer Center, NO2-CO-01102; University of West Virginia, NO2-CO-01103; 
Duke University, NO2-CO-01104; University of Kentucky, #NO2-CO-01241; 
University of Miami, #NO2-CO-01243; Wayne State University, #NO2-CO-
01109; University of Kansas, #NO2-CO-01110; University of Wisconsin, 
#NO2-CO-01111; University of Texas/M.D. Anderson, #NO2-CO-01112; 
Penrose-St Francis Health Services, #NO2-CO-01113; Fred Hutchinson 
Cancer Research Center, #NO2-CO-01114; Northern California Cancer 
Center, #NO2-CO-01115.  The solicitation is scheduled for electronic 
release on or about December 3, 2003.  The proposals will be due 
approximately 45 days following the actual date of RFP issuance.  RFP-
N02-CO-41001-13 may be accessed through the Research Contracts Branch 
Home Page by using the following internet address: 
http://rcb.nci.nih.gov/ and clicking on Current Requests for Proposals.  
An electronic reading room with pertinent information about the CIS 
program is located at http://cis.nci.nih.gov/reading_room/CIS_RFP.html.  
It is the responsibility of any potential offeror to monitor the above 
Internet site for the release of this solicitation and amendments, if 
any. POTENTIAL OFFERORS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DOWNLOADING THEIR OWN 
COPIES OF THE SOLICITATION AND AMENDMENTS.  

INQUIRIES:  

Mary Landi-O’Leary 
Contracting Officer
6120 Executive Blvd. MSC 7192
Suite 600, Room 6044
Bethesda, MD 20892-7192
Telephone: (301) 435-3807 
FAX: (301) 480-0309 
Email: ml186r@nih.gov
 
OR
 
Sharon A. Miller
Team Leader
6120 Executive Blvd. MSC-7196
Suite 600, Room 6112
Bethesda, MD 20892-7196
Telephone: (301) 435-3783
FAX: (301) 480-0241
Email: sm103r@nih.gov


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