Draft RFP out for $10B NIH IT contract

CIO-CS vehicle offers two models for delivery IT

The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center has released a draft request for proposals for the $10 billion NIH ECS III follow-on, known as CIO-CS, to allow the government to get IT commodity solutions related to health and life sciences capabilities and other IT needs.

A PDF of the draft RFP can be downloaded here.

CIO-CS, also known as Chief Information Officer-Commodity Solutions, will provide commodities such as information technology equipment aligned to health and biomedical research, scientific, administrative, operational, managerial and information management requirements, according to the draft.

The services that the contract will provide can be deployed using two models:

On-Premise Model: the contractor will deploy commodities/products on-site either within the government site or at another contractor site. In this model, extra “bundled” services may be required, including provisioning, deployment, installations, warranty and maintenance, engineering and assessment studies and training.

Public Cloud Model: commodities will be deployed in the cloud.

The commodities and solutions that are needed have been organized into product groups:

  • Product Group 1 – Health/Biotechnical Research IT
  • Product Group 2 – Security/Cyber Security Solutions
  • Product Group 3 – Commodity IT (End User Devices)
  • Product Group 4 – Commodity IT (Infrastructure)

According to Deltek, this contract will be full-and-open, with a five year base and five option years.

Comments are due by 10:00am EST on April 8, and awards are anticipated to be made on or around Nov. 26, Deltek said.

You can submit  inquiries to

For a draft request for proposal, click here. The FedBizOpps website also included a Q&A Template.

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