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Request for Proposals

Solicitation No. AHRQ-03-0004-8(a) set-aside

Proposals Due: July 28, 2003

Contracting Office: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Division of Contracts Management, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850.

The synopsis for this requirement was published in the Fedbizopps on June 3, 2003. The solicitation was issued on June 27, 2003. Full text can be downloaded (select to access Downloading Information).


The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is soliciting proposals on a Small Disadvantaged 8(a) basis under North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code 511120 500-employee limit for a 5-year cost reimbursement contract for assistance in the design, writing, editing, publishing, audience research, and information and communication activities within AHRQ's Office of Communications and Knowledge Transfer (OCKT).

It is anticipated that the cost per year shall not exceed $2.1 million.

The contractor must have an understanding of goals and mission of AHRQ and of the fields of writing, editing, design, dissemination, and translation specifically as they relate to health services research and policy, including the respective roles of different elements of the health care system and of leading professional associations with health research and policy interests.

The contractor shall provide on-site personnel to support the activities, goals and mission of OCKT, the organizational unit responsible for writing and editing AHRQ's print and electronic products, and for writing and editing products to publicize, disseminate, and translate the information into practice.

The contractor shall support OCKT's product design, writing, and editing activities necessary for producing Agency printed, graphic, and electronic products. The contractor's responsibilities shall include activities such as writing, revising/rewriting assigned products; proofreading and editing; managing the development of products; writing journal submissions as assigned; writing and translating publications; and staffing AHRQ exhibits.

The contractor's dissemination and translation activities shall include the writing and implementation of dissemination strategies and plans for AHRQ programs and specific products, as well as for the development of partnerships with specific audiences, such as professional health care organizations, managed care organizations, disease management firms, and consumers and patients, including those who are at higher risk for health problems.

These activities require the writing of a substantial number of products including press releases, fact sheets, pitches to the media, direct mail materials, ads for placement in professional journals, and case studies showing the impact of AHRQ-funded research.

In addition, the contractor must demonstrate the ability to:

  • Write materials and conduct outreach to the media in English and in Spanish.
  • Write public service announcements in English and Spanish.
  • Write journal articles.
  • Write scripts and write materials to prepare for Web casts and Web chats.
  • Write other dissemination and translation products.

The contractor also must conduct audience research and test various AHRQ products using a variety of techniques and write reports summarizing the results of this audience research.

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