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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Closed Solicitations

Pre-Announcement for “Healthy Eating Activity Lifestyle Training Hub (HEALTH)”

PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT

Healthy Eating Activity Lifestyle Training Hub (HEALTH)

 

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 mobile health app to aid military personnel in managing healthy body weight, nutrition, physical fitness goals, and combat readiness. The mobile health app will be designed to incorporate wearables and artificial intelligence.

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Background:

United in service to our nation’s Warfighters, the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA) develops and delivers quality medical capabilities to protect, treat, and sustain the health of our Service members. In order to modernize the Army to be a ready and resilient Force, USAMMDA is developing Soldier Optimization Decision Aids (SODA) specifically for android and iOS mobile devices. One of these SODA software applications is the Healthy Eating Activity Lifestyle Training Hub or more commonly known as the HEALTH App. The objective of this App is to empower Soldiers in healthy and safe lifestyle changes to sustain healthy weight and performance on a year-round basis.

 

The HEALTH App will be designed to aid military personnel (and their families) in achieving healthy management of body weight, healthy nutrition and prevention of unhealthy dieting practices, improved physical fitness, combat readiness and warfighter performance. The app will promote Soldier readiness, prevent unhealthy dieting practices, and enhance compliance with AR600-9 (Army Body Composition Program). The HEALTH App will provide personalized Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) tools to help Soldiers stay fit and meet Army Regulation (AR) 600-9 and APFT standards along with a program to improve nutrition, fitness, sleep and mind/body health.

 

The HEALTH App improvements include additional capability insertions to support the Army’s new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) and possible other Military Branch Fitness Tests, optimization of the meal and fitness tools, HEALTH App registration, cybersecurity updates, and data storage/database upgrades. The HEALTH App will be developed using Facebook’s REACT NATIVE platform to support both Android and iOS Native platforms using one code base.

 

Solution Requirements:

The overall goal of this RPP is to develop the HEALTH App and deploy it to military and commercial app stores. The following requirements are expected to be delivered/demonstrated by the end of the proposed period of performance. Therefore, Offerors shall address within the proposal submission how and when each of these will be accomplished during the Period of Performance (PoP). An ideal solution would meet the following requirements (not listed in order of importance):

 

  • Body Mass Index: Accurately (100%) calculated for users through a coded algorithm based on user-entered data for height and weight during registration.

 

  • Screening Table Weight: Accurately (100%) calculated for Soldiers through a coded algorithm based on user-entered data for height and weight during registration per AR 600-9 standards.

 

  • Body Fat Calculator: Application accurately (100%) calculates Soldier’s body fat percentage based on self-reported circumference measurements for abdomen, neck, and hips (women only) using a coded algorithm from equations obtained from AR600-9. Users are then shown a graph that accurately (100%) compares their calculated percent body fat compared to their maximum allowed percent body fat according to AR 600-9.

 

  • ATP 7-22.01 Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) Testing APFT/ACFT Calculator: Accurately (100%) computes APFT and ACFT scores based on user-entered number of reps for push-ups and sit-ups and 2-mile run time (in minutes) using a coded algorithm from the equations obtained from FM-21-20. New algorithms and calculations are required for modified APFT/ACFT exercises such as swimming, biking, deadlift, standing power throw, pushups, sprint drag and carry, leg tuck and 2.0-mile run.

 

  • Meal Plan: A prescribed meal plan is provided to the user based on starting weight, activity goals, and weight loss goals. An algorithm based on variations of the Harris Benedict equation accurately (100%) calculates estimated energy intake and energy expenditure to prescribe appropriate daily calorie consumption (based on body weight goals) and provides premade meals and substitution options that fit within those calorie goals.

 

  • Exercise Plan: A prescribed exercise plan is provided to the user based on starting activity level. Current exercise level is accurately (100%) assessed through user-entered frequency and duration of both strength and cardio exercise. An algorithm based on American College of Sports Medicine’s evidence-based exercise guidelines recommends exercises from a database of appropriately categorized exercises by difficulty and frequency.

 

  • Exercise Intensity: User input of age and resting heart rate are used to accurately (100%) calculate user-specific training zones based on heart rate percentages.

 

  • Progress Charts: Application provides progress charts which accurately (100%) displays changes over time of metrics such as calorie intake (from user-entered food logs), user-entered body weight, calories burned (from user-entered exercise logs), and user-entered APFT history. Application accurately (100%) aggregates data into daily, biweekly, or monthly summaries.

 

Scope of Work:

The Mobile App Software Development team will be required to redesign and build the HEALTH App using React Native iOS / Android applications in an Agile approach for USAMMDA. The following tasks must be completed throughout the period of performance in order to fulfill the solution requirements:

 

  • – Architect, build, test and maintain excellent React Native applications with clean code that will pass required cybersecurity assessments.
  • – Implement pixel perfect user interfaces (UI’s) that match designs.
  • – Implement clean, modern, smooth animations and transitions that provide an excellent user experience.
  • – Integrate third-party application programming interfaces (API’s).
  • – Write unit tests.
  • – Work with native modules when required.
  • – Complete two-week sprints and participate in sprint retrospectives and daily standups.
  • – Develop backlog and burndown charts.
  • – Interface with USAMMDA Product Manager via email and Microsoft Teams IL5.
  • – Work with modern tools including Jira, Slack, Confluence, BitBucket, Balsamique, etc.
  • – Release applications to Military App Stores, Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

 

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 completed work and successful progression of milestones). Note that any potential follow-on work is expected to be awarded non-competitively to resultant project awardees.

 

Potential Funding Availability and Period of Performance:

The U.S. Government (USG) Department of Defense (DoD) currently anticipates $0.47 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 non-competitive follow-on tasks.

 

MTEC expects to make a single award to qualified Offerors to accomplish the scope 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 PoP is not to exceed three (3) years.

 

Acquisition Approach:

This upcoming RPP will be conducted using the Enhanced White Paper approach. In Stage 1, Offerors are invited to submit Enhanced White Papers using the mandatory format contained in this upcoming RPP. The Government will evaluate Enhanced White Papers submitted and select those that best meet their current priorities using the evaluation criteria described in the upcoming RPP. Offerors whose proposed solution is selected for further consideration based on the Enhanced White Paper evaluation will be invited to submit a full cost proposal in Stage 2. Notification letters will contain specific Stage 2 proposal submission requirements.

 

This upcoming RPP will be posted to the MTEC website (mtec-sc.org) and SAM.gov to notify interested parties. The RPP is expected to be released as soon as possible and will have a short proposal preparation period (approximately 30 days). 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. Gage Greening, MTEC Biomedical Research Associate, gage.greening@mtec-sc.org.