Upcoming Solicitations

MTEC understands the importance of sharing technical requirements as soon as possible with both members and to potential consortium members in order to allow the maximum possible time to prepare, team, and identify both public and private solicitation sponsors.  Draft Request for Project Proposals will be shared via email upon request and this website.  Understand that this information is draft in nature and changes could occur prior to publication of final documents.  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
  • Technical related questions should be directed to the MTEC Director of Research, Dr. Lauren Palestrini, Ph.D., lauren.palestrini@officer.mtec-sc.org
  • All other questions should be directed to the MTEC Director of Program Operations, Ms. Kathy Zolman, kathy.zolman@ati.org


Pre-Announcement February, 2020

Military Operational Medicine – Improving Protection through Metrics for Exposure to Blast, and Enhancing Cognitive Health, Performance and Psychological 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 the following 2 prototypes in support of MTEC’s Military Operational Medicine technology focus area:

  • FOCUS AREA #1 (Whole Body Blast): Development of survivability criteria and vital organ injury metrics for the whole body when exposed to extreme blast exposures (e.g., IEDs).
  • FOCUS AREA #2 (Cognitive / Brain Health & Performance): Development and validation of personalized training or materiel (pharmacological/technological) approaches to build and enhance cognitive/brain health, performance and psychological health.

PROGRAM BACKGROUND:

The U.S. Army’s Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP) focuses on the development of countermeasures that address military-relevant stressors and prevent physical and psychological injuries during training and operations in order to maximize health, readiness, and performance.

SOLUTION REQUIREMENTS:

The MOMRP has identified two focus areas for funding under this RPP. To meet the intent of this upcoming RPP, each proposal MUST specifically address only ONE of the two Focus Areas described below. Offerors are not limited to a single proposal submission. Projects not aligned to at least one of these Focus Areas will not be considered for funding.

  • FOCUS AREA #1 (Whole Body Blast): Development of survivability criteria and vital organ injury metrics for the whole body when exposed to extreme blast exposures.

Personal protection equipment (PPE) for the Warfighter has been designed to primarily protect against injuries from projectiles, shrapnel, debris and blunt object impact in training and combat operational environments. At present, there are no appropriate guidelines and test methodologies to evaluate the protective performance of PPE, such as body armor and bomb suits, against primary blast. Therefore, this project aims to develop survivability criteria and vital organ injury metrics relevant to personnel exposed to potentially lethal primary blast, such as that resulting from improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

During the PoP, the Awardee shall establish medically-based criteria (i.e., blast injury risk curves) for evaluation of the protective efficacy of PPE (i.e., bomb suits and body armor) for Warfighters. The Awardee shall coordinate with research leads at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and non-medical investment stakeholders to address one or more of the following gaps that is not redundant with the expertise of WRAIR researchers:

  • Establish metrics to assess the effectiveness of PPE against primary blast using biological surrogate models.
  • Develop survivability dose-response relationships and vital organ blast injury criteria for primary blast exposure.
  • Utilize different animal experimental models (i.e., differently scaled species) in conjunction with surrogate models to define blast-induced injuries and scaling factors for blast-induced vital organ injury (e.g., brain and lung) that can be readily translated to humans.
  • Define biomechanical parameters associated with established injury levels for individual vital organs and cognitive functional outcomes.

Multi-institutional partnerships are highly encouraged particularly with expertise in scaling animal research to biological surrogate models and developing Warfighter-relevant injury metrics.

END GOAL: Provide whole body blast injury criteria to evaluate the next generation bomb suit and body armor blast personal protection equipment. 

  • FOCUS AREA #2 (Cognitive/Brain Health & Performance): Development and validation of personalized training and/or materiel (pharmacological/technological) approaches to build and enhance cognitive/brain health, performance and psychological health.

Multi-domain operations will involve significant demands on Warfighter cognitive agility and resistance to a multitude of stressors. There is a lack of rigorously tested cognitive training and enhancing tools and a dearth of data demonstrating effectiveness of such tools on operationally relevant tasks, psychological health outcomes, and brain health. There is also a lack of prospective longitudinal data to understand appropriate training protocols and requirements (e.g., training dosing, duration).

During the PoP, the Awardee shall:

  • Develop or adapt cognition-promoting training or materiel solutions suitable for military application and training pipelines (e.g., feasible, scalable, efficient, low-cost).
  • Demonstrate efficacy of training or materiel to positively impact cognitive performance (as measured by operationally relevant tasks including, but not limited to, perception, attention and memory) and psychological health outcomes in healthy as well as injured Warfighters.
  • Elucidate active components of the cognitive training or materiel and relative contribution to outcomes in order to streamline and optimize military-relevant training.

END GOAL: Deliver an efficient and effective method for personalized training to build and enhance cognitive/brain health, performance and psychological health.

POTENTIAL FUNDING:

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) currently has available approximately the following Defense Health Program (DHP) Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) funds for each focus area:

  • FOCUS AREA #1 (Whole Body Blast): $2.78 Million
  • FOCUS AREA #2 (Cognitive / Brain Health & Performance): $2.36 Million

It is expected that MTEC will make a total of 2 awards (a single award for each focus area) to qualified teams to accomplish the statement of work. Each project shall be led by a centralized point of contact at the prime contracting organization. If a single proposal is unable to sufficiently address the entire scope of each focus area, several Offerors may be asked to work together in a collaborative manner.

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

ACQUISITION APPROACH:

Full proposals will be required in response to this upcoming RPP. 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 by the end of February 2020 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.

POINTS OF CONTACT:

For inquiries regarding this pre-announcement, please direct your correspondence to the following contacts:


Pre-Announcement, December 2019

Navy Multi-Topic – Advanced Biomedical Product Development for Naval Operations

The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) is excited to post this pre-announcement for multiple Requests for Project Proposals (RPPs) focused on the advancement of engineering and medical prototypes and knowledge products related to a broad range of medical technological needs identified below. Relevance to the enhanced readiness and resilience of Navy and Marine Corps health and performance is a key feature of these upcoming RPPs (a total of two RPPs are anticipated).

Problem Statement

Due to the Navy and Marine Corps’ diverse warfighting capabilities, Sailors and Marines operate in a vast array of challenging and austere environments.  Combination of physical and mental stress from extreme conditions compromise human performance capability, increasing risk and possible failure of mission objectives.  In addition, operating environments cause complications and challenges in medical logistics and casualty management, both vital elements to ensuring survivability of combat casualties.  To maintain warfighter lethality and operational effectiveness in challenging environments, next generation biomedical products are required.

Technology Focus Areas

The upcoming multiple topic area (“multi-topic”) RPPs will require white paper submissions that describe projects that are based on logical reasoning and sound scientific rationale. Projects shall not be exploratory in nature and do require a foundation of preliminary data. Note that MTEC-sponsored projects must result in “prototype” research deliverables that transition medical solutions to industry.  Proposed prototypes shall be at a minimum of a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 5 at the time of white paper submission. [Note: TRL definitions can be found here: https://mtec-sc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/TRL-definitions.pdf]

Subsequent to the completion of performance under the prototype awards resulting from the upcoming RPPs, the Government reserves the right to award follow-on work. Any follow-on work for the continuation of the prototype development is contingent upon availability of future funding and the successful completion/progression of milestones. Proposed prototypes considered for further development should be at a TRL of 6 or 7 at the conclusion of the prototype award.  A TRL of 6 or 7 means that the prototype solutions are ready, currently going through, or completed the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction phase of the Defense Acquisition System framework or equivalent.

Proposed prototype solutions shall address at least one of the following Technology Focus Areas. These areas of interest are not listed in order of importance. Specific areas of interest within each overall focus area will be included in the upcoming RPPs.

  • TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AREA #1: CASUALTY CARE

This area focuses on patient and personnel recovery, remote health monitoring, wound (combat-injury) care, and immersion injuries.

  • TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AREA #2: MEDICAL LOGISTICS ENHANCEMENT

This area focuses on resupply efficiencies and medical product stability or other enhancements for medical logistics support in austere or disaggregated operations.

  • TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AREA #3: HUMAN PERFORMANCE

This area focuses on the prediction of health status and outcomes from various sources of combat related stressors and advanced biomedical devices and components such as sensors and advanced electronics miniaturization.

  • TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AREA #4: PROLONGED AND EN ROUTE CARE:

This area focuses on patient care at and through the continuum of care as well as products and services that sustain patient health in austere environments such as expeditionary, littoral, and deep water.

  • TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AREA #5: OPERATIONAL READINESS

This area focuses on preventive measures against dental disease and optimization of baseline warfighter performance and resilience.

Proposed prototype solutions must be either “engineering and medical prototypes” or “knowledge products”. See below for the definition of each.

  • Engineering and medical prototypes: System, subsystem, component, or material directly or indirectly delivering or supporting a biomedical product or critical capability.  These are physical, in-hand products which can be examined, tested, and demonstrated.  This may also include products that require approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Knowledge products: Non-materiel solutions that include methodology, technology, or technical process directly or indirectly supporting a biomedical product or critical capability.  This may also include products such as technical reports or manuals impacting training and/or operations.

Potential Funding Availability

The U.S. Government (USG) currently has available a total of approximately $20-30 million (M) of Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and 2020 Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) funds for anticipated awards to be made during FY2020 and FY2021. The estimated total available funding per Technology Focus Area is:

  • TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AREA #1: CASUALTY CARE ~ $10M
  • TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AREA #2: MEDICAL LOGISTICS ENHANCEMENT ~ $2.5M
  • TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AREA #3: HUMAN PERFORMANCE ~ $5M
  • TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AREA #4: PROLONGED AND EN ROUTE CARE ~ $3M
  • TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AREA #5: OPERATIONAL READINESS ~ $10M

MTEC anticipates that multiple awards may be made under each Technology Focus Area with average budgets ranging from $500,000 to $2,000,000 for the base period of performance (exclusive of any proposed options), with a maximum award amount of ~$15,000,000, inclusive of optional tasks/years options for selected topic areas.

The base Periods of Performance (POP) may range from 12 to 36 months, dependent upon product type and level of maturation required.  Note that projects may be phased, as appropriate, with contract options to enable the exercise of additional milestones to allow maximum flexibility in terms of the progression of work, availability of funding, and duration of the awarded project(s).

Pending successful completion of the total effort, the Government may issue a non-competitive follow-on production contract or transaction pursuant to 10 USC 2371b section f.

Acquisition Approach

As the Government will solicit five Technology Focus Areas, multiple RPPs are anticipated (a total of two RPPs are anticipated as reflected in the table below). The anticipated schedule for the RPP release dates and due dates is as follows (subject to change):

Anticipated RPP Solicitation # Anticipated RPP

Release Date

Anticipated White Paper Due Date Technology Focus Areas
MTEC-20-02-NavyMulti early January, 2020 early February, 2020 Technology Focus Area #1 – CASUALTY CARE

Technology Focus Area #2 – MEDICAL LOGISTICS ENHANCEMENT

Technology Focus Area #3 – HUMAN PERFORMANCE

MTEC-20-03-NavyMulti early March, 2020 late April, 2020 Technology Focus Area #3 – HUMAN PERFORMANCE

Technology Focus Area #4 – PROLONGED AND EN ROUTE CARE

Technology Focus Area #5 –  OPERATIONAL READINESS

These upcoming RPPs will be conducted using a two-staged approach for proposal submission. In Stage 1, current MTEC members are invited to submit White Papers using the format contained in the RPP. The Government will evaluate White Papers submitted and will select White Papers that best meet their current Technology Focus Areas using the criteria specified in the RPP. Offerors whose technology 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 Stage 2 process may vary, for example, some Stage 2 processes may require a solution pitch (i.e., oral presentation) or submission of a full proposal using the MTEC Proposal Preparation Guidelines (PPG).

The RPPs will be posted to the MTEC website (mtec-sc.org) and the Contract Opportunities website (beta.SAM.gov) to notify interested parties. MTEC membership is required for the submission of a white paper in response to these upcoming MTEC RPPs. To join MTEC, please visit http://mtec-sc.org/how-to-join/

MTEC

The MTEC mission is to assist the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) by providing cutting-edge technologies and supporting effective materiel 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.

MTEC Member Teaming

While teaming is not required for this effort, Offerors are encouraged to consider teaming during the white paper preparation period (prior to submission of your white paper) if you cannot address the full scope of technical requirements of the RPP or otherwise believe a team may be beneficial to the Government Sponsor.

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.

Points of Contact

For inquiries regarding this pre-announcement, please direct your correspondence to the following contacts:


Potential Topics of Upcoming Funding Opportunities in 2020

The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) is excited to provide a list of potential topics that may result in upcoming funding opportunities in 2020.

Technology Focus Areas

MTEC is interested in projects within the technology focus areas described below. In particular, MTEC is seeking projects in the specific areas of interest highlighted within each technology focus area.  Proposed projects must be based on logical reasoning and sound scientific rationale.

Please note that proposals are not to be exploratory in nature and require a foundation of preliminary data.

The following list of potential topics is not exhaustive and is subject to change.

  • Infectious Disease
    • Vaccines & drugs to prevent parasitic diseases (malaria)
    • Vaccines to prevent diarrheal diseases
    • Vaccines to prevent viral diseases (dengue, hanta)
    • HIV countermeasures
    • Prevent & treat combat wound infections
    • Protection from disease carrying arthropod vectors
    • Countermeasures against emerging infectious diseases
  • Clinical & Rehabilitative Medline
    • Treatment of Neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) Injury
    • Battlefield Pain Management
    • Biomanufacturing of Regenerative Medicine Therapies
  • Medical Simulation
    • Medical simulation [Joint Evacuation and Transport Simulation (JETS), Point of Injury and Trauma Simulation (POINTS), Warfighter Performance, Resilience, Effectiveness, and Protection (WarPREP), Theater Hospital Operations Replication (THOR), Simulated Hospital Operations and Treatment System (SHOTS)]
    • Health information technology and informatics
    • Medical capabilities to support disbursed operations
    • Autonomous care and artificial intelligence at POI
  • Military Operational Medicine
    • Musculoskeletal Injury
    • Blunt, Blast, and Accelerative Injury
    • Behavioral Health, Wellness and Resilience
    • Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology Disorders
    • Health, Readiness, and Performance in Austere Environments
    • Fatigue, Cognitive Health and Performance
    • Human Operator Health and Performance in Complex Systems
    • Environmental Toxicant Exposure
    • Performance Nutrition and Weight Balance
    • Directed Energy Health Hazards
    • Biomedical Aspects of Human Performance Optimization and Enhancement
  • Combat Casualty Care
    • Hemorrhage control and resuscitation
    • Traumatic brain injury care
    • Blood and blood products far forward
    • Burn injury and organ support
    • Tactical CCC interventions
    • Extremity and maxillofacial trauma treatment
    • Prolonged field care

Other Information

The MTEC mission is to assist the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) by providing cutting-edge technologies and supporting effective materiel 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” government contractors, academic research institutions and not-for-profit organizations.

Requests for Project Proposals (RPPs) will be posted to the MTEC website (www.mtec-sc.org) and Contract Opportunities (www.Beta.SAM.gov) to notify interested parties and provide more details. MTEC membership is required for the submission of a full proposal in response to all MTEC RPPs. To join MTEC, please visit http://mtec-sc.org/how-to-join/.

For inquiries, please contact: Dr. Lauren Palestrini, MTEC Director of Research, lauren.palestrini@officer.mtec-sc.org