NB6710002003292 – Sources Sought – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS3) – Challenge Program

Sep 2, 2020 | Sources Sought

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Acquisition Management Division

Sources Sought for Commercial Item Purchase


It is a market research tool being used to determine potential and eligible business firms that can provide the product described herein prior to determining the method of acquisition.

The National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) seeks information from vendors that can provide administrative and technical support to run national competitions for the PSCR UAS Challenge Program according to the performance work statement attached herein.

This announcement is not a Request for Quotation (RFQ) and does not commit the Government to award a contract now or in the future. No solicitation is currently available. Additionally, The Government is not obligated to and will not pay for any information received from potential sources because of this sources sought announcement.  The results of this Sources Sought will be utilized to determine if any Small Business Set-aside opportunities exist. All Small Business Set-aside categories will be considered. In addition, this market research tool is being used to identify potential and eligible firms, of all sizes, prior to determining the method of acquisition and issuance of a solicitation.

Because of this Sources Sought announcement, NIST may conduct a competitive procurement on the System for Award Management (beta.sam.gov) and subsequently award a contract. If at least two qualified small businesses are identified during this market research stage that can fulfil the requirement, in accordance with the requirement descriptions and detailed tasks listed in the Performance Work Statement, then this acquisition shall be solicited as a small business set aside. However, NIST is seeking responses from all responsible sources, including large and small businesses (SB, SDB, WOSB, HUBZone, SDVOSB and VOSB). This requirement is assigned a NAICS code of 611310 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools with a small business size standard of $27.5 million in annual receipts. The specific purpose of this Sources Sought Announcement is to determine if there are small businesses, within the parameters identified above, that can provide the specialized equipment identified in the Specifications Document.

Interested business organizations that believe they can meet the requirement should submit electronic copies of their capability statement. Please limit responses to five (5) pages or less. Responses should include the following information:

1. Company Profile to include number of employees, office location(s), DUNS number and Cage Code.

2. Name of company that will provide the product.
3. Name of company that will manufacture the product.

4.  Specification sheets and examples of products that meet the Specifications attached herein.

5. Typical lead time to deliver the product after receipt of award to include installation time and any necessary training that is provided.

6. Identification and verification of the company’s small business status.
7. Any other relevant information that is not listed above which the Government should consider in developing our service requirement and finalizing our market research.

(Company sales brochures or marketing packages will not be considered).


See the attached Performance Work Statement.

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