Status Report

NASA Research and Development Services for the Louisiana Board of Regents: Continuity of Services

By SpaceRef Editor
May 15, 2015
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Synopsis – May 13, 2015


General Information


    Solicitation Number: NNS15549154R

    Posted Date: May 13, 2015

    FedBizOpps Posted Date: May 13, 2015

    Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No

    Original Response Date: May 29, 2015

    Current Response Date: May 29, 2015

    Classification Code: A — Research and Development

    NAICS Code: 541712


Contracting Office Address


NASA Office of Procurement, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000




NASA/SSC has a requirement for Research and Development Services from the Louisiana Board of Regents (LABoR).


NASA/SSC intends to purchase the services from The Louisiana Board of Regents under the authority of FAR 6.302-3 and 10 U. S. C. 2304 (c) (3), Industrial Mobilization, Engineering, Developmental, or Research Capacity; or Expert Services apdplies to this procurement. The LABoR will serve as the liasion to NASA in performance of the effort. A Justification for Other Than Full and Open Competition shall be approved and included in the official file. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC), MS 39529-6000 is the contracting authority. The action to be approved is the sole source procurement of services from the Louisiana Board of Regents (LABoR) (formerly the Louisiana Research Consortium).


This action provides for the continuation of services currently being provided under Contract NNS10AA92B and previously provided under Contract NNS05AA95C which was also under the same statutory authority. A contract between NASA and the LABoR will give NASA and other agencies the capability to continue to access emerging and unique research and scientific capabilities available only from the various institutions governed by the Louisiana Board of Regents (LABoR).


The Government intends to award a one (1) year Base with four (4) one-year Options, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) type contract. The work to be performed under this contract consists of technical expertise for basic, applied, and academic research and scientific monitoring support to NASA, the resident agencies at SSC and other Government agencies, and (2) administrative functions and all labor, equipment, materials and supplies necessary to provide such research and scientific support. Specific research will focus on the areas of acoustics, image analysis, geographic information systems, remote sensing, computational fluid dynamics, polymers/ceramics, electron microscopy, microelectronics, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), magneto hydrodynamics; diagnostic instrumentation, training, curriculum design, workforce development and other associated scientific computational, and engineering areas. Deliverables will typically consist of interim and final research reports. The Louisiana Board of Regents consists of the public higher education institutions in the state of Louisiana. The contract is administered by Louisiana State University (LSU), a consortium member, fiscal agent, and liaison to NASA. LSU is responsible for assigning research task orders to the appropriate LABoR institutions, for performing general oversight and administrative functions, and for ensuring accountability and networking among LABoR institutions. The statutory authority permitting other than full and open competition is FAR 6.302-3 and 10 U. S. C. 2304 (c) (3). NASA and other resident agencies at SSC require ready access to university research and scientific capabilities that also encompass an intimate knowledge of the programs, existing technology, and the environment within the NASA-managed property and the surrounding region.


The institutions comprising the LABoR are uniquely qualified to provide a wide range of research expertise. Unique research and scientific capabilities available from the LABoR includes: Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) system for research interchange using fiber optic data transfer. La Tech Institute For Micro-manufacturing (IFM) Center for Advanced Materials Research Institute (CAMD) UNO Advanced Materials Research Institute UNO Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering School UNO Michoud / Lockheed Martin National Center for Advanced Manufacturing UNO National Ports and Waterways Institute ULL Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS) LSU Center for Computing Technology LSU Center for Turbine Innovation and Energy Research LSU Earth Scan Lab, Center for Geoinformatics, and Hurricane Center LSU Coastal Ecology Institute, Coastal Fisheries Institute, Coastal Marine Institute, and Coastal Studies Institute LSU National Center for Security Research and Training Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium These LABoR research capabilities support ongoing efforts by several SSC agencies associated with research in the Gulf of Mexico and the Pearl River basin; educational outreach initiatives within the State of Louisiana in which NASA and other resident agencies are participating, and meteorological forecasting, analysis and support for various Navy and NASA elements at SSC.


The research provided by the LABoR universities, with their unique capabilities, will continue to increase NASA’s and other SSC agencies’ understanding of the applications of satellite remote sensing technologies to community growth, disaster, water and coastal management, and bio-life sciences. The LABoR universities have very specific and complementary scientific disciplines in the areas of engineering, medical science, city and community studies, and marine science that are supported and enhanced by remote sensing sensor development and digital visualization and supercomputer science. These cross discipline opportunities allow the development of appropriate state-of-the-art infrastructure, scientific knowledge and skills that are essential to such emerging capabilities by the Department of Defense, NASA and other Federal resident agencies.


In addition to the technical expertise available from the LABoR universities, the physical presence of the LABoR Universities at Stennis Space Center lends to LABoR’s unique capabilities to perform research on issues of special interest to the region, with close proximity to the natural resources to which the research is conducted, such as the Pearl River basin and the Gulf of Mexico. As an integral player in this research, the LABoR cooperates with state leaders in government, higher education, and business to establish productive long-term partnerships in support of common goals. Such partnerships stimulate local action that will result in lasting improvements to the state’s academic research infrastructure and increased national R&D competitiveness that ultimately benefit the missions of NASA and other Government agencies at SSC. The Statement of Work is provided below:




Section 1. Introduction The work to be performed under contract shall consist of furnishing all labor, equipment, materials, and supplies necessary to (1) provide management of the tasks of this ‘Louisiana Board of Regents’ contract, and (2) such requirements that may be subsequently set forth on research and development Task Orders.


The contractor shall provide engineering and scientific research to NASA at the John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC,) other NASA centers, the tenant agencies at SSC, and other government agencies in areas such as acoustics, image analysis, geographic information systems, computational fluid dynamics, polymers and ceramics, electron microscopy, microelectronics, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), magneto-hydrodynamics, diagnostic instrumentation, advanced signal processing, emerging technologies in communications, computational sciences and computer architecture, knowledge systems, finite element analysis including thermal stresses, fluid-solid interactions, advanced process control theory, workforce development, STEM education, and other computational, scientific, and engineering areas associated with the technical and educational missions of NASA and the agencies eligible to engage in this contract mechanism.


Section 2. Administering Institution(s) The contract will be administered by the Louisiana Board of Regents (LABoR) which will serve as the liaison to NASA in the performance of this contract. The LABoR will be responsible for: 1) Receiving Statements of Work (SOW) from the NASA/SSC Office of Procurement. 2) Timely distribution of the SOW to LABOR Institutions’ Offices of Sponsored Research with instructions on the procedure and required schedule for submitting proposals. 3) Providing documentation to NASA/SSC supporting SOW distribution to all LABOR Institutions’ Offices of Sponsored Research. Documentation supporting a negative response from non-participating LABOR Institutions is required. 4) Providing all submitted proposals to NASA/SSC in a timely manner for SSC technical monitor review. 5) Providing administrative oversight to the LABOR institution selected by NASA/SSC to conduct research under each task order. 6) Performing general oversight and administrative functions. 7) Providing monthly invoices to NASA/SSC. 8) Ensuring accountability and networking among LABOR institutions. 9) Providing status reports on schedule and cost. 10)Provide annual reports on the activities on the LABOR at SSC. 11) Provide a final report and project close out.


Section 3. Evaluation Criteria Listed below are the criteria that will be used to evaluate the LABoR proposal to administer the contract in Louisiana: a) Background on the LABoR with a summary of relevant capabilities of its member institutions. b) Management plan for the administration of this contract. c) Costs of contract administration. d) Past performance of LABoR on similar contracts. e) Qualifications of management personnel.


Section 4. Contract Type The Government intends to award a five (5) year Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract consisting of a Base Year with four (4) one-year Options.


Section 5. Examples of Required Research Development and/or improvement of models and data collection for the forecasting of surface winds, air temperature, and atmospheric pressure. Review and analysis of the economic impact of SSC on its local area. Research and development into methods of uncertainty analysis applicable to rocket engine testing. Research and development into computational fluid dynamics applicable to rocket engine testing. Research and development into modeling and simulation methods for rocket engine test facilities. Research into the use of aerial imagery to support coastal ecosystem studies. Research and development of NASA-related curricula for K-16 educators. Research and development of instruments and sensors for use in rocket engine testing and environmental monitoring during testing. Review and analysis of strategic program requirements, including trend analysis, program trades and development, and long range implementation planning. Research and development in advanced signal processing. Research and development into communications technologies such as integrated wireless systems for facilities and test data collection. Analysis, research, and development of ultra-high performance information technology systems.


The Government intends to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12.


Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:00 p.m. local time on May 29, 2015. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government.


Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.


All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency.


NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The Center Ombudsman for this acquisition can be found at .


Point of Contact


    Name:Gregory Fletcher

    Title:Contract Specialist




    Name:Gerald L Norris

    Title:Contracting Officer





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