Solicitations

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC), and other customers, offers funding opportunities to MTEC members through solicitations called Requests for Prototype Proposals (RPPs). The RPPs offer MTEC members the opportunity to propose prototype technologies to the technology requirements in each solicitation’s sub-objective area. Active and Upcoming solicitations are listed below, as are the status of RPPs for which submissions have been received.

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For specific Request for Project Information or Request for Project Proposal inquiries, please direct your correspondence to the following contacts:

  • Questions concerning contractual, cost or pricing should be directed to the MTEC Contracts Administrator, Mr. Randall Fernanders, mtec-contracts@ati.org
  • Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) for most proposed projects must be identified and included with the Technical Proposal. TRL definitions are provided here.
  • Technical related questions should be directed to the MTEC Director of Research, Dr. Lauren Palestrini, Ph.D., lauren.palestrini@mtec-sc.org 
  • All other questions should be directed to Ms. Kathy Zolman, MTEC Director of Operations, kathy.zolman@ati.org

Closed Solicitations

interoperable Field Hospital (iFH)

Pre-Announcement February 2021

The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) is excited to post this pre-announcement for a Request for Project Proposals (RPP) focused on the development of a prototype to create a deployed interoperable field hospital environment that will integrate existing Department of Defense (DoD) tactical networks, systems and medical devices via a Local Area Network (LAN) within deployed Medical Treatment Facilities (MTF).

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Background:

The overall objective of the interoperable Field Hospital (iFH) effort is to create a tactical local area medical network to seamlessly receive, capture, and process secure medical information within deployed MTFs. The future operating environments, threats, and challenges envisioned in all domain operations (ADO) demand a tactical medical architecture that brings order to the complexities of the operating environment and provides operational commanders and medical staff with data to make informed decisions, increase patient survivability, and decrease morbidity from wounds suffered in the battlespace. The prototype developed under this upcoming RPP will fill these operational requirements by capturing data from field medical elements, Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) platforms, medical devices, patient monitors, and Medical Logistics (MEDLOG) databases in order to provide clinicians with the data required to make informed clinical decisions. The effective aggregation, analysis, and visualization of these data will eliminate the reliance on time intensive and manual processes and reduce burden to medical providers in order to increase efficiency when treating mass casualties (MASCAL) from a Combined / Joint force.

Solution Requirements:

This upcoming RPP aims to establish a prototype that creates a tactical interoperable field hospital environment that is able to integrate with existing Department of Defense (DoD) tactical vehicle systems and deployed medical devices into a secure LAN. The proposed solution shall provide networking communications for medical devices in support of overall iFH implementation.  iFH will have connectivity to existing DoD networks supporting operation in austere environments.  The system must (by the end of the proposed period of performance) be able to accommodate up to three hundred patient monitors and up to twelve hundred connected medical devices in a deployed MTF.

Scope of Work:

Offerors shall propose a plan to develop the iFH prototype that accomplishes the following two major tasks:

Task 1: The iFH prototype shall create a LAN that builds the interoperable system that seamlessly receives, captures, and processes secure medical information within deployed Roles 1-3 facilities via DoD tactical networks supporting multiple software services.

Task 2: The iFH prototype shall provide a platform for the ingestion of inbound and outbound data, and the integration of existing traumatic brain injury (TBI) assessment tools to facilitate communication between mobile health applications (MHAs), existing DoD software, and additional neurological assessments performed by military medical personnel. Proposal will be evaluated on the Offeror’s ability to integrate the continuous flow of automated medical data with neurological, psychological, and brain function assessments performed by deployed military personnel, TBI assessment tools, and existing DoD software on a secure LAN.

In support of the two aforementioned tasks, the following characteristics and/or functionalities of the iFH prototype are required to be delivered/demonstrated by the end of the proposed period of performance:

  • • Integrate with currently fielded DoD air and ground ambulances, systems, and networks (Note: Once on award, the Government Sponsor will connect the Awardee with appropriate points of contact to fully execute this task, however, the Offeror should include a proposed plan in their submission outlining the steps that the Offeror will take independent of this Government facilitation);
  • • Facilitate automation of data capturing from patient vital sign monitors, medical devices, and MEDLOG data systems;
  • • Provide networking communications and capabilities for iFH with mobile capacity for up to three hundred patient monitors, up to twelve hundred connected medical devices broadcasted over a distance of sixteen acres, and have redundancy within an austere environment;
  • • Complete successful testing for integration of air / ground ambulances and unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAV) within DoD systems and networks in deployed MTF environments (Note: The Offeror should plan to work with the Government for execution of these tests);
  • • Deliver to the Government Sponsor visual mock-ups of Graphic User Interface (GUI) for all iFH software describing the program, prototype architecture, and system at tradeshows, prototype demonstrations, test events, risk reduction exercises in compliance with DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF) Unified Modeling Language (UML)/System Machine Learning (SysML); and
  • • Deliver to the Government Sponsor all required cyber artifacts, scans, and Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) assessments.

Offerors will be expected to address the following in the full proposal submissions in response to this upcoming RPP:

  1. Experience: Prior experience developing, maintaining, and integrating with DoD tactical networks, systems, air and ground vehicles, and unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAV).
  2. Technical Feasibility:
  • • Strategy to receive and maintain continuous access to Combat Capabilities Development Command- Aviation and Missile Center (CCDC AvMC),[1][2] Software, Simulation, Systems Engineering and Integration Directorate (S3I), Systems Architecture and Integration Lab (SAIL), Program Executive Office Aviation and Missile Command (PEO AvMC) – Project Management Aviation Mission Systems and Architectures (PM AMSA), as well as the Combat Aviation Brigade Architecture Integration Lab (CABAIL) – [specific to Task 1].
  • • Strategy to integrate the continuous flow of automated medical data with neurological, psychological, and brain function assessments performed by deployed military personnel, TBI assessment tools, and existing DoD software on a secure LAN – [specific to Task 2].
  • • Strategy and software recommendations to capture, receive, and store large-scale datasets and how they will be optimized to support machine learning algorithms.
  • • Strategy and software recommendations for the processing of large-scale data sets.
  • • Strategy for handling different types of data and what those data types include.

[1] https://www.army.mil/article/157845/ccdc_aviation_missile_center
[2] https://www.avmc.army.mil/

  1. Physical Location: It is preferred that Offerors have an office or partner within close proximity to Redstone Arsenal and currently have or be able to secure (preferably prior to the start of PoP) facilities that can accommodate meetings and demonstrations of the iMAS systems. Offerors shall describe a strategy to access Redstone Arsenal with limited notice to respond to requests, to request to work with Government team members in the medical systems integration, and to facilitate use of their interoperability lab on Redstone Arsenal. If the Offeror is not within close proximity to Redstone Arsenal at the time of proposal submission, then the Offeror must discuss a plan to secure a physical location in close proximity and disclose the associated timeline.
  2. Potential for Transition: How well the proposal identifies intellectual property ownership, describes any appropriate intellectual and material property plan among participating organizations, and addresses any impact of intellectual property issues on product development.

Additionally, interested Offerors are hereby advised that the Government technical evaluators MAY utilize compliance with the following as an initial Go/No-Go criterion when reviewing proposal submissions to determine which will receive a full technical evaluation. Therefore, all Offerors shall clearly demonstrate how the following requirement will be met:

All documents and materials, to include the source codes, algorithms, libraries and additional files required to compile and run the software, produced under this award shall be Offeror owned and the Government shall have rights and privileges of ownership/copyright for Government (i.e., non-commercial) Purposes. These documents and materials may not be used or sold by the awardee without written permission from the Agreements Officer during performance of an award resulting from this upcoming iFH RPP and shall not be sold back to a different Government entity. All materials supplied to the Government shall be the property of the Government. This right does not abrogate any other Government rights.

Potential Follow-On Tasks:

There is potential for award of one or more follow-on tasks based on the success of any resultant Research Project Award(s) (subject to change depending upon Government review of work completed). Note that any potential follow on work is expected to be awarded non-competitively to the resultant project awardee(s) including fielding, procurement, and sustainment.

Potential Funding Availability and Period of Performance:

The U.S. Government (USG) Department of Defense (DoD) currently anticipates $14 Million (M) for this upcoming program. The USG may apply additional dollars for follow-on efforts via post award modification to any resultant award(s) after the evaluation and acceptance of work and cost plan. Dependent on the results and deliverables, additional time may be added to the period of performance for follow-on tasks.

MTEC expects to make a single award to a qualified Offeror to accomplish the statement of work. If a single proposal is unable to sufficiently address the entire scope of the RPP, several Offerors may be asked to work together in a collaborative manner. See the “MTEC Member Teaming” section below for more details.

The Period of Performance (POP) is not to exceed five years.

Acquisition Approach:

Full proposals will be required in response to this upcoming RPP thus reflecting a single stage acquisition approach. The RPP will be posted to the MTEC website (mtec-sc.org) and a notice will be posted on www.beta.SAM.gov to notify interested parties. The RPP is expected to be released in Quarter 2 of FY21 and will have a short proposal preparation period (approximately 30 days). MTEC membership is required for the submission of a full proposal in response to this upcoming MTEC RPP. To join MTEC, please visit http://mtec-sc.org/how-to-join/.

MTEC Member Teaming

While teaming is not required for this effort, Offerors are encouraged to consider teaming during the proposal preparation period (prior to proposal submission) if they cannot address the full scope of technical requirements of the RPP or otherwise believe a team may be beneficial to the Government. MTEC members are encouraged to use the MTEC Database Collaboration Tool to help identify potential teaming partners among other MTEC members. The Database Collaboration Tool provides a quick and easy way to search the membership for specific technology capabilities, collaboration interest, core business areas/focus, R&D highlights/projects, and technical expertise. Contact information for each organization is provided as part of the member profile in the collaboration database tool to foster follow-up conversations between members as needed.

The Collaboration Database Tool can be accessed via the “MTEC Profiles Site” tab on the MTEC members-only website.

MTEC

The MTEC mission is to assist the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) by providing cutting-edge technologies and supporting life cycle management to transition medical solutions to industry that protect, treat, and optimize Warfighters’ health and performance across the full spectrum of military operations. MTEC is a biomedical technology consortium collaborating with multiple government agencies under a 10-year renewable Other Transaction Agreement (OTA), Agreement No. W81XWH-15-9-0001, with the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA). MTEC is currently recruiting a broad and diverse membership that includes representatives from large businesses, small businesses, “nontraditional” defense contractors, academic research institutions and not-for-profit organizations.

Point of Contact

For inquiries regarding this pre-announcement, please direct your correspondence to Dr. Lauren Palestrini, MTEC Director of Research, lauren.palestrini@mtec-sc.org

interoperable Medical Automated Systems (iMAS) Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Algorithm Development for interoperable Algorithms for Care and Treatment (iACT)

Pre-Announcement January 2021

The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) is excited to post this pre-announcement for a Request for Project Proposals (RPP) focused on providing soldiers and military medic personnel with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine-Learning based decision support software to enhance their ability to provide short and long term patient care in all domain operation (ADO) environments.

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Background:

The overall objective of interoperable Algorithms for Care and Treatment (iACT) is to provide the enhanced medical knowledge, skills, and abilities for combat life savers and military medical personnel to care for injured warfighters in Prolonged Field Care (PFC) or deployed clinical settings. These capabilities are imperative not only to support injuries sustained from military munitions, but also the enduring threat of disease and use of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons during Multi-Domain Operations (MDO). The effective implementation of the platform will enable a larger portion of the Joint Force to quickly and accurately assess and treat injuries sustained from a variety of mechanisms. The goal of iACT is to provide warfighters with access to an inclusive database which will utilize AI algorithms to generate indications, warnings, and suggestions to support their ability to monitor, diagnose, triage, and treat injured warfighters.

Solution Requirements:

The iACT prototype is a software system utilizing AI and Machine Learning based Clinical Decision Support algorithms to be used to support military medical personnel in their duties. The system will be developed with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) and Application Program Interface (API) to receive patient data both manually entered and automatically collected from vital sign monitors. The system will analyze the data received and provide recommendations for medical treatment. AI capabilities include, but are not limited to, predicting point of patient decompensation, predicting injury patterns, assessing patient status, identifying treatments and medications relating to the initial assessments, and providing medical alerts for personnel based on patient medical data. The prototype must enable the development of specific AI-based algorithms that are free of errors and minimizes the risks of data fitting and dimensionality through scalable data subsets.

Offerors will be expected to provide the following information in their submissions in response to this upcoming RPP:

• Prior experience developing and integrating machine learning algorithms.
• Strategy for large-scale dataset management.
• Identification of pitfalls and decision factors that should be considered when making short-term and long-term decisions.
• Description of the types of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning algorithms for medical purposes that could be developed and the types of data/amount of data necessary for developing those algorithms,  as well as the strategy and feasibility of successfully developing each algorithm.
• Strategy and recommended software to store large-scale datasets and how they will be optimized to build machine learning algorithms.
• Strategy for managing query costs.
• Strategy and recommended software for the processing of large-scale data sets.
• Strategy for handling different types of data and what those data types may include.

Potential Follow-On Tasks:

There is potential for award of one or more follow-on tasks based on the success of any resultant Research Project Awards (subject to change depending upon Government review of work completed). Note that any potential follow-on work is expected to be awarded non-competitively to resultant project awardees. Potential follow-on tasks include (but are not limited to) procurement, fielding, and sustainment for the iACT system.

Potential Funding Availability and Period of Performance:

The U.S. Government (USG) Department of Defense (DoD) currently anticipates $5.8 Million (M) for this upcoming program. The USG may apply additional dollars for follow-on efforts via post award modification to any resultant awards after the evaluation and acceptance of work and cost plan. Dependent on the results and deliverables, additional time may be added to the period of performance for follow-on tasks.

MTEC expects to make a single award to a qualified Offeror to accomplish the statement of work. If a single proposal is unable to sufficiently address the entire scope of the RPP, several Offerors may be asked to work together in a collaborative manner. See the “MTEC Member Teaming” section below for more details.

The Period of Performance (POP) is not to exceed five years.

Acquisition Approach:

This upcoming RPP will be conducted using a two-staged approach. In Stage 1, current MTEC members are invited to submit White Papers using the format contained in the RPP. The USG will evaluate White Papers submitted and will select White Papers that best meet their current priorities using the criteria specified in the RPP. Offerors whose solution is selected for further consideration based on White Paper evaluation will be invited to submit a proposal in Stage 2. Notification letters will contain specific Stage 2 proposal submission requirements.

The RPP will be posted to the MTEC website (mtec-sc.org) and a notice will be posted on beta.SAM.gov to notify interested parties. The RPP is expected to be released in Quarter 2 of FY21 and will have a short proposal preparation period (approximately 30 days). MTEC membership is required for the submission of a white paper in response to this upcoming MTEC RPP. To join MTEC, please visit http://mtec-sc.org/how-to-join/.

MTEC Member Teaming

While teaming is not required for this effort, Offerors are encouraged to consider teaming during the proposal preparation period (prior to proposal submission) if they cannot address the full scope of technical requirements of the RPP or otherwise believe a team may be beneficial to the Government. MTEC members are encouraged to use the MTEC Database Collaboration Tool to help identify potential teaming partners among other MTEC members. The Database Collaboration Tool provides a quick and easy way to search the membership for specific technology capabilities, collaboration interest, core business areas/focus, R&D highlights/projects, and technical expertise. Contact information for each organization is provided as part of the member profile in the collaboration database tool to foster follow-up conversations between members as needed.

The Collaboration Database Tool can be accessed via the “MTEC Profiles Site” tab on the MTEC members-only website.

MTEC

The MTEC mission is to assist the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) by providing cutting-edge technologies and supporting life cycle management to transition medical solutions to industry that protect, treat, and optimize Warfighters’ health and performance across the full spectrum of military operations. MTEC is a biomedical technology consortium collaborating with multiple government agencies under a 10-year renewable Other Transaction Agreement (OTA), Agreement No. W81XWH-15-9-0001, with the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA). MTEC is currently recruiting a broad and diverse membership that includes representatives from large businesses, small businesses, “nontraditional” defense contractors, academic research institutions and not-for-profit organizations.

Point of Contact

For inquiries regarding this pre-announcement, please direct your correspondence to Dr. Lauren Palestrini, MTEC Director of Research, lauren.palestrini@mtec-sc.org

interoperable Medical Command and Control System – Joint (iMCCS-J)

Pre-Announcement January 2021

The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) is excited to post this pre-announcement for a Request for Project Proposals (RPP) focused on the development of a prototype that supports the integration of medical data with the Air Force Research Laboratory, Tactical Assault Kit (TAK) suite of software and hardware in support of iMCCS-J.

BACKGROUND:
The overall objective of the interoperable Medical Command and Control System – Joint (iMCCS-J) is to support the integration of medical data with the Air Force Research Laboratory, Tactical Assault Kit (TAK) suite of software and hardware. The Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK), for civilian uses, or Android Tactical Assault Kit (also ATAK) for military uses – is a suite of software that provides geospatial information and allows user collaboration over geography. ATAK was originally developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and is now maintained by a Joint Product Center. For more information on TAK: https://www.civtak.org/tag/product-center/

Prototypes being developed must integrate with current software and hardware devices being utilized within the Nett Warrior (NW) situational awareness (SA) and mission command (MC) systems for use during combat operations. A successful prototype will visualize medical data via NW devices within the Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK), Windows Tactical Assault Kit (WinTAK), and Tactical Assault Kit (TAK) Servers. The iMCCS-J Medical Common Operational Picture (COP) will identify medical unit locations, unit capacity status, medical evacuation unit capacity status, and patient status. At a higher level, the Medical COP informs the intelligence cycle through wound types and rates which communicates enemy effectiveness, supports trend analysis and enemy situational template.

SOLUTION REQUIREMENTS:
This upcoming RPP aims to establish prototypes with the ability to provide commanders at all levels with visual understanding of how medical capabilities are arrayed throughout the operational environment. iMCCS-J will ingest and visualize data to identify medical unit locations, unit capacity status, medical evacuation unit capacity status, and patient status. At a higher level, iMCCS-J will parse specific data elements from near-real-time operational datasets to inform the intelligence cycle through wound types and rates which communicates enemy effectiveness, supports trend analysis, and identifies the enemy situational template. These requirements are derived from the Joint Concept for Health Services, Joint Health Services Joint Publication 4-02, and the Army Health System Doctrine Smart Book.

SCOPE OF WORK AND NON-COMPETITIVE FOLLOW-ON WORK:
This effort shall deliver an initial prototype submission package for the iMCCS-J to the Warfighter, Health, Performance and Evacuation (WHPE) Program Management Office (PMO) for submission to Tactical Assault Kit (TAK) and Nett Warrior (NW). Proposed projects shall demonstrate the ability to develop and integrate near real time data being captured from battlefield combat units, field medical platforms, and various Medical Treatment Facilities (MTF) data streams with the Department of Defense (DoD), and TAK suite of software. A successful prototype will visualize medical data via field Nett Warrior devices within the Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK), Windows Tactical Assault Kit (WinTAK), and TAK Servers. It is preferred that Offerors have experience with and/or sufficient knowledge of the TAK suite of software.

Potential Follow-On Tasks:
There is potential for award of one or more follow-on tasks based on the success of any resultant Research Project Awards (subject to change depending upon Government review of work completed). Note that any potential follow-on work is expected to be awarded non-competitively to resultant project awardees. Potential follow-on tasks include (but are not limited to) procurement, fielding, and sustainment for the iMCCS-J system.

POTENTIAL FUNDING AVAILABILITY AND PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:
The U.S. Government (USG) DoD currently anticipates $5.8 Million (M) for this upcoming program. The USG may apply additional dollars for follow-on efforts via post award modification to any resultant awards after the evaluation and acceptance of work and cost plan. Dependent on the results and deliverables, additional time may be added to the period of performance for follow-on tasks.

MTEC expects to make a single award to a qualified Offeror to accomplish the statement of work. If a single proposal is unable to sufficiently address the entire scope of the RPP, several Offerors may be asked to work together in a collaborative manner. See the “MTEC Member Teaming” section below for more details.

The Period of Performance (POP) is not to exceed five years.

ACQUISITION APPROACH:
Full proposals will be required in response to this upcoming RPP thus reflecting a single stage acquisition approach. The RPP will be posted to the MTEC website (mtec-sc.org) and a notice will be posted on www.beta.SAM.gov to notify interested parties. The RPP is expected to be released in Quarter 2 of FY21 and will have a short proposal preparation period (approximately 30 days). MTEC membership is required for the submission of a full proposal in response to this upcoming MTEC RPP. To join MTEC, please visit http://mtec-sc.org/how-to-join/.

MTEC MEMBER TEAMING
While teaming is not required for this effort, Offerors are encouraged to consider teaming during the proposal preparation period (prior to proposal submission) if they cannot address the full scope of technical requirements of the RPP or otherwise believe a team may be beneficial to the Government. MTEC members are encouraged to use the MTEC Database Collaboration Tool to help identify potential teaming partners among other MTEC members. The Database Collaboration Tool provides a quick and easy way to search the membership for specific technology capabilities, collaboration interest, core business areas/focus, R&D highlights/projects, and technical expertise. Contact information for each organization is provided as part of the member profile in the collaboration database tool to foster follow-up conversations between members as needed.
The Collaboration Database Tool can be accessed via the “MTEC Profiles Site” tab on the MTEC members-only website.

MTEC
The MTEC mission is to assist the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) by providing cutting-edge technologies and supporting life cycle management to transition medical solutions to industry that protect, treat, and optimize Warfighters’ health and performance across the full spectrum of military operations. MTEC is a biomedical technology consortium collaborating with multiple government agencies under a 10-year renewable Other Transaction Agreement (OTA), Agreement No. W81XWH-15-9-0001, with the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA). MTEC is currently recruiting a broad and diverse membership that includes representatives from large businesses, small businesses, “nontraditional” defense contractors, academic research institutions and not-for-profit organizations.

POINT OF CONTACT
For inquiries regarding this pre-announcement, please direct your correspondence to Dr. Lauren Palestrini, MTEC Director of Research, lauren.palestrini@mtec-sc.org

Military Prototype Advancement Initiative (MPAI)

Pre-Announcement January 2021

The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) is excited to post this pre-announcement for an upcoming Request for Project Proposals (RPP) that aims to solicit current MTEC members for a broad range of medical prototype technological solutions [medical techniques, knowledge products, and materiel (medical devices, drugs, and biologics)] related to the following focus areas of interest (subject to change):

  • Focus Area #1: Prolonged Field Care
  • Focus Area #2: Medical Readiness
  • Focus Area #3: Emerging Technologies
  • Focus Area #4: Maximizing Human Potential

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Background:

In multi-domain operations, today’s operating force will be overwhelmed with casualties, the ability to evacuate will be limited, first responders and medics will struggle with limited resources and ability to achieve the “Golden Day”, resulting in operational units and commanders rapidly losing freedom of maneuver and combat effectiveness. Therefore, medical assets must be highly mobile and more dispersed (e.g., smaller, more modular medical units), Warfighters will require greater self-sufficiency and autonomy (e.g., may have more limited medical-related communications and re-supply), and there will be an increased cognitive and physical stress on Warfighters (they will need ways to maximize human potential  and return to the fight quickly).

This Solicitation Mechanism Will:

  • Increase information exchange between the MTEC membership and the military – This mechanism provides the MTEC membership with an official way of sending information related to their military-related solutions through MTEC to the military, and potentially make the military aware of new solutions that can address unmet needs.
  • Provide feedback to the MTEC membership – This mechanism differs from the previous MTEC Open Concepts Request for Project Information in that MTEC membership will receive feedback from the military, which can help Offerors realign to better meet the military need downstream, or even find out whether the military would be interested at all (a “not interested” is valuable feedback as well).
  • Establish an open window for the military to make awards – With an extended open submission period, awards may be made on a rolling basis. In addition, the MTEC process includes a “basket” provision that permits holding proposed projects that are approved but unfunded for up to two years, which allows for efficient contracting as funding becomes available.
  • Solicit for key areas to support achievement of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) strategic objectives – The focus areas will allow MTEC members to propose relevant innovation.

Minimum Requirements for Submission of an Enhanced White Paper

Enhanced white papers submitted in response to this upcoming RPP shall meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Fit the prototype definition: Proposed prototype projects should not be exploratory in nature and do require a foundation of preliminary data. A prototype project can generally be described as a preliminary pilot, test, evaluation, demonstration, or agile development activity used to evaluate the technical or manufacturing feasibility or military utility of a particular technology, process, concept, end item, effect, or other discrete feature. Prototype projects may include systems, subsystems, components, materials, methodology, technology, or processes. By way of illustration, a prototype project may involve: a proof of concept; a pilot; a novel application of commercial technologies for defense purposes; a creation, design, development, demonstration of technical or operational utility; clinical recommendations or guidelines; or combinations of the foregoing, related to a prototype. The quantity should generally be limited to that needed to prove technical or manufacturing feasibility or evaluate military utility.
  2. Minimum Knowledge/Technology Readiness Level (KRL/TRL): The expected KRL/TRL at the time of submission of the enhanced white paper is at least KRL/TRL 3. Offerors have achieved KRL/TRL 3 if:
  • Knowledge Products: Offeror has validated hypotheses that suggest applications (e.g., prediction for prognosis, screening for diagnosis, or treatment for prevention)
  • Pharmaceutical (Drugs): Offeror has demonstrated initial proof-of-concept for candidate drug constructs in a limited number of in vitro and in vivo research models
  • Pharmaceutical (Biologics, Vaccines): Offeror has demonstrated initial proof-of-concept for biologic/vaccine constructs in a limited number of in vitro and in vivo research models.
  • Medical Devices: Offeror has demonstrated initial proof-of-concept for device candidates in a limited number of laboratory models (may include animal studies).
  • Medical Information Management/Information Technology & Medical Informatics: Medical Informatics data and knowledge representation schema are modeled.

*NOTE: Full definitions of TRLs can be found here. More information regarding KRLs can be found here.

  1. New Submissions to MTEC: Focus on proposed solutions that have not been submitted to MTEC under previous RPPs within the past 2 years. The Government is already aware of concepts submitted in response to previous MTEC solicitations, and therefore, such projects are not allowed to be resubmitted here. This RPP is intended only for submission of new projects to MTEC, not direct resubmissions or modifications of projects previously submitted.
  1. Alignment to a Specified Topic Area of Interest: Enhanced White Papers shall align to a focus area of interest specified
  1. Military Relevance: Proposed projects shall focus on providing medical solutions to support readiness and care in future battlefield scenarios.

Focus Areas of Interest:

  • FOCUS AREA #1: Prolonged Field Care (PFC): A primary emphasis in 2021 is to identify and develop medical techniques, knowledge products, and materiel[1] (medical devices, drugs, and biologics) for early intervention in life-threatening battle injuries and prolonged field care[2] (PFC). Because battlefield conditions impose severe constraints on available manpower, equipment, and medical supplies available for casualty care, there is a need for medical interventions that can be used within the battle area or as close to it as possible, before or during medical evacuation.  Preferred medical techniques and materiel that can be used by combat medics must be easily transportable (i.e., small, lightweight, and durable in extreme environments and handling); devices must be easy to use and require low maintenance, with self-contained power sources as necessary.  The following technical areas of interest are (not listed in order of importance):
    • 1 Control & Sustainment of Critical Organ System & Metabolic Function
    • 2 Enabling Medical Capabilities to Support En Route and Prolonged Care in Remote, Austere Settings, & Extreme Environments
    • 3 Prophylactic to Prevent Infection in Battlefield Wounds
    • 4 Control of Wound Progression & Infection Prevention
    • 5 Enabling capabilities to increase patient movement capacity
    • 6 Blood and Blood Products – Next Generation Blood, Blood Products, Pharmaceuticals, Synthetic Replacements, & Delivery Systems
    • 7 Brain Trauma – Treatment and Objective Diagnosis, Prognosis and Assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in combat and prolonged care scenarios
    • 8 Tactical Combat Casualty Care – Point of Injury Control of Non-Compressible Hemorrhage & Immediate Cardiopulmonary Stabilization
    • 9 Cognition-sparing, long-duration pain control
    • 10 Large animal studies for the development of a portable non-pharmaceutical device that provides regional analgesia at the point of injury and/or during medical evacuation__________________
      [1] Materiel is defined as equipment and supplies of a military force.
      [2] Prolonged field care is defined as field medical care, applied beyond “doctrinal planning timelines” by a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Special Operations Combat Medic (NSOCM) or higher, in order to decrease patient mortality and morbidity.  PFC utilizes limited resources and is sustained until the patient arrives at an appropriate level of care.  Rasmussen TE, Baer DG, Cap AP, et al.  2015.  Ahead of the Curve.  J Trauma Acute Care Surg 79: S61-64.
  • FOCUS AREA #2: Medical Readiness: This area focuses on developing technologies that maximize medical readiness. Efforts may include diagnostics, treatments, and training solutions to prevent or reduce injury and improve physiological and psychological health and resilience. This objective includes environmental health and protection including the assessment and sustainment of health and the operational effectiveness of Service members exposed to harsh operational environments including altitude, cold, heat, and exposure to environmental health. This focus area also includes medical readiness in response to infectious diseases encountered by service members during deployment and those that can significantly impact performance. The following technical areas of interest are (not listed in order of importance):
    • 1 Leader and Provider Tools to Prevent, Reduce, Screen and Diagnose Musculoskeletal Injury in all Settings
    • 2 Solutions to Accelerate Return-to-Readiness following Musculoskeletal Injuries
    • 3 Solutions to Sustain Warfighter Performance in Arctic and Other Extreme Environments
    • 4 Far Forward Psychological Health Care
    • 5 Field Deployable Solutions to Prevent Degradation of Unit Performance and Soldier Psychological Health
    • 6 Medical Strategies to Sustain Soldier Alertness & Performance in all Settings
    • 7 Medical Criteria and brain injury-based thresholds for Informing Development of New Tactical Headborne Systems and personal protection equipment against blast, ballistic, and blunt trauma threats
    • 8 Infectious Diseases – Rapid Diagnostic and Detection Devices
    • 9 Prophylactic for Endemic Diarrheal Diseases
    • 10 Broad Spectrum Antivirals
    • 11 Broadly protective vaccine platforms for Emerging Infectious Diseases
    • 12 Novel, adaptive, and tailored simulation education trainings that optimize practice and effectiveness (i.e., brain focused and learning retention)

 

  • FOCUS AREA #3: Emerging Technologies: : This area is focused on the Multi-Domain Battle, an operational environment involving greater dispersion and near isolation over great distances, which is likely to cause severe restrictions on mobility for medical missions and shortfalls in both human and materiel human resources due to area denial challenges. Combat units will need to be more self-sufficient and less dependent on logistical support.  Combatant commanders with increased sick or wounded Soldiers will face degradation of medical resources and encumbered combat effectiveness without new combat casualty management and Force multiplication strategies. This focus area is searching for emerging technologies that will increase medical mobility while ensuring access to essential medical expertise and support regardless of the operating environment. The following technical areas of interest are (not listed in order of importance):
    • 1 Artificial Intelligence (AI) at point of need – focus on employment of AI to support providing care at point of need in remote and austere environment
    • 2 AI for information and technology – focus on employment of AI to support medical resupply in theater to improve real-time information access, security and mobility; interoperable data capture and documentation technologies; advance telehealth technologies
    • 3 Autonomy – use of autonomy solutions in austere environments in PFC to help with resuscitation, stabilization, airway management, reduce major bleeding, help MEDICs in degraded environments, etc. to support autonomous care, Decision Support Systems, and/or Intelligent Evacuation and Prolonged Care
    • 4 Synthetic Biology – general interest as well as cell & therapeutics, diagnostics, detection platforms
    • 5 Casualty Management – Next generation casualty management, medical logistics, training and education, and medical command and control in dispersed operations and other theater/operational environments.
    • 6 Human Machine Integration Best Practices and Trust – Efficacy of integrating robotics into the far forward mission that consider best practices to encourage trust by the user. Understanding the extent to which Warfighters may trust robots and how to achieve this capability.
    • 7 Nano, micro, and macro interoperable haptic platforms – This aspect of performing Live, Virtual, Augmented, and Gaming education tools is limited by the ability to experience force and real life tactile sensations especially in the medical field. The limiting factor in realistic environments is the ability to provide this factor to assist in cognitively remembering and understanding how the action should feel to be correct.  Haptic gloves available utilize wires and limit the perimeter because the user is tethered.

 

  • FOCUS AREA #4: Maximizing Human Potential: This technology area aims to develop effective countermeasures against military-relevant stressors and to prevent physical and psychological injuries during training and operations in order to maximize the human potential, in support of the Army Human Performance Optimization and Enhancement, Human Dimension, Multi-Domain Battle, and the DoD Total Force Fitness concepts. The following technical areas of interest are (not listed in order of importance):
    • 1 Maximizing Human Potential – cognitive, physical and emotional potential in MDO by optimizing physical and psychological health and resilience and provide safe, impactful, and ethical human performance; optimizing the interactions between systems and Soldiers, leaders, and teams
    • 2 Solutions to Maximize Warfighter Psychological Health and Resilience to Stressors
    • 3 Repair, restore, preserve, mitigate and maintain vision, hearing, tinnitus, or balance (sensory system function) after combat-related threats (e.g., blast exposure, noise exposure). Seeking research efforts to support the development of strategies and technologies including, but not limited to, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, rehabilitation strategies, and regenerative medicine-based approaches, to treat, restore, and preserve spared tissue and function, and/or rehabilitate patients due to any trauma.

Scope of Work

The scope of work should be focused on tasks relevant to advance the prototype to the next KRL/TRL. Project scope should be proposed based on the prototype’s maturity at the time of submission.

Potential Funding Availability and Period of Performance (PoP):

The funding amount and PoP for this upcoming RPP is unspecified, and the number of awards is indeterminate and contingent upon funding availability. Selection of projects is a highly competitive process and is based on the evaluation of the proposal’s technical merit, programmatic considerations, and the availability of funds.  Any funding that is received by the USAMRDC and is appropriate for a topic area of interest described within this RPP may be utilized to fund enhanced white papers. Awards resulting from this RPP are expected to be made in Fiscal Year 2021 and Fiscal Year 2022 under the authority of 10 U.S.C. § 2371b.

There are no specified funding limitations identified for an Enhanced White Paper submitted under this RPP. A budget and PoP should be commensurate with the nature and complexity of the proposed research. Offerors should submit budgets that include the entire period of performance of the research project. Yearly budgets should include all direct and indirect costs, based on supportable, verifiable estimates.

Potential Follow-on Tasks:

There is the potential for award of one or more follow-on tasks based on the success of the project (subject to change depending upon Government review of completed work). Potential follow-on work may be awarded based on the advancement in prototype maturity during the initial PoP. Follow-on work may include tasks related to advancement of prototype maturity, and/or to expand the use or utility of the prototype.

Acquisition Approach

The MTEC will implement the “Enhanced White Paper” contracting methodology for this RPP, which is a streamlined approach to provide a better means to highlight company methodologies and skills required to address the technical and transition requirements. Offerors whose technology solution is selected for further consideration based on the Enhanced White Paper evaluation may be invited to submit a detailed cost proposal in Stage 2. Notification letters will contain specific Stage 2 cost proposal and submission requirements.

This upcoming RPP will be posted (anticipated in Quarter 2 of Fiscal Year (FY)  2021) to the MTEC website (mtec-sc.org) and beta.SAM.gov to notify interested parties. MTEC membership is required for the submission of an enhanced white paper in response to this upcoming MTEC RPP. To join MTEC, please visit http://mtec-sc.org/how-to-join/

MTEC Member Teaming

While teaming is not required for this effort, Offerors are encouraged to consider teaming during the proposal preparation period (prior to proposal submission) if they cannot address the full scope of technical requirements of the RPP or otherwise believe a team may be beneficial to the Government. MTEC members are encouraged to use the MTEC Database Collaboration Tool to help identify potential teaming partners among other MTEC members. The Database Collaboration Tool provides a quick and easy way to search the membership for specific technology capabilities, collaboration interest, core business areas/focus, R&D highlights/projects, and technical expertise. Contact information for each organization is provided as part of the member profile in the collaboration database tool to foster follow-up conversations between members as needed.

The Collaboration Database Tool can be accessed via the “MTEC Profiles Site” tab on the MTEC members-only website.

MTEC

The MTEC mission is to assist the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) by providing cutting-edge technologies and supporting life cycle management to transition medical solutions to industry that protect, treat, and optimize Warfighters’ health and performance across the full spectrum of military operations. MTEC is a biomedical technology consortium collaborating with multiple government agencies under a 10-year renewable Other Transaction Agreement (OTA), Agreement No. W81XWH-15-9-0001, with the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA). MTEC is currently recruiting a broad and diverse membership that includes representatives from large businesses, small businesses, “nontraditional” defense contractors, academic research institutions and not-for-profit organizations.

Point of Contact

For inquiries regarding this pre-announcement, please direct your correspondence to Dr. Lauren Palestrini, MTEC Director of Research, lauren.palestrini@mtec-sc.org