NICHD-20-233 – Sources Sought – Acquisition of an Illumina NextSeq 550 service contract for the NIDDK

Aug 12, 2020 | Sources Sought

(Acquisition of an Illumina NextSeq 550 service contract for the NIDDK)
AGENCY:  The National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

TITLE: Acquisition of an Illumina NextSeq 550 service contract for the NIDDK

This is a Small Business Sources Sought notice. This is NOT a solicitation for proposals, proposal abstracts, or quotations. There is no solicitation available at this time.

The purpose of this notice is to obtain information regarding: (1) the availability and capability of all qualified small business sources; (2) whether they are small businesses; HUBZone small businesses; service-disabled, veteran owned small businesses; 8(a) small businesses; veteran-owned small businesses; woman-owned small businesses; or small disadvantaged businesses; and (3) their size classification according to the North American Industry Classification System, (NAICS) code for the proposed acquisition. Your responses to the information requested will assist the Government in determining the appropriate acquisition method, including whether a set-aside is possible. An organization that is not considered a small business under the applicable NAICS code should not submit a response to this notice.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) has a requirement to obtain services to maintain the operation of DNA sequencing instruments located in Bldg 8.  Illumina is the manufacturer and the only authorized dealer for providing maintenance for these instruments.

The company will provide a qualified technician to perform maintenance as needed on an Illumina NextSeq 550 (asset # NB552189). This work is described as the Silver Support plan of the company, includes all parts and labor and replacement reagents.

Independently, and not as an agent of the Government, the contractor shall provide the required service plan for the NIDDK.

This Sources Sought is for an organization or institution to provide the NIDDK with required service plan for the NIDDK in order to maintain the high quality of our research.  

All qualified small businesses, whether they are small businesses; HUBZone small businesses; service-disabled, veteran owned small businesses; 8(a) small businesses; veteran-owned small businesses; woman-owned small businesses; or small disadvantaged businesses; interested in submitting a corporate capability statement should demonstrate their capability to provide equipment that meets the characteristics below.


Task Area 1 – Equipment Requirements – Remote Technical Support will provide a response with four hours of a request; there is a two-business day on-site response.

This acquisition is being conducted under the authority of FAR Part 13.5 Simplified Acquisition Procedures.

The vendor will be evaluated on their quoted product meeting the specifications under section SALIENT / REQUIRED FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS.

If you or your firm/business has an interest and possess the required expertise we invite you to submit a corporate capability statement to assist the Government in determining in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 19.502-2(b) whether or not this procurement will be set-aside for any of the programs described above. The associated NAICS code is 811219, Other Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance, and the small business size standard is $22.0.  All respondents are requested to identify their firm’s size and type of business.

Interested firms responding to this Sources Sought Notice should adhere to the following:
(a) Provide a capability statement demonstrating relevant experience, skills and ability to fulfill the Government’s requirements for the above. The capability statement should contain sufficient detail for the Government to make an informed decision regarding your capabilities. The capability statement should not exceed 15 pages using a font size 10 or larger.

(b) Small business concerns that possess the capabilities necessary to undertake the efforts should submit complete documentation of their capabilities to the Contracting Officer. This capability statement should include: 1) the total number of employees, 2) the professional qualifications of scientists, medical experts, and technical personnel as they relate to the requirements, 3) a description of general and specific facilities and equipment available, including computer equipment and software, and 4) any other specific and relevant information that would improve the Government’s consideration and evaluation of the information presented.

Further, Past Performance documentation, which should include, but not be limited to, a minimum of two (2) contracts performed for either Government or commercial organizations shall be provided. References shall include for each contract: names, titles, contract number, total price or cost, telephone numbers of government Contracting Officer Representative and Contracting Officers.

(c) All capability statements sent in response to this Small Business Sources Sought notice must be submitted electronically (via email) to the Point of Contact below in MS Word or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). The subject line must specify NICHD-20-233. Facsimile responses will not be accepted. Electronically submitted capability statements are due no later than 9:00 AM (Eastern Prevailing Time) seven (7) calendar days (including date of submission to after posting of the Small Business Sources Sought Notice.


This notice is for information and planning purposes only and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government, nor will the Government pay for information solicited.

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