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Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness Research Network-2 (DEcIDE-2)

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Request for Proposals

Solicitation No. AHRQ-10-10006

Date Issued: March 8, 2010
Date Questions Due: March 23, 2010 12:00 PM
Date Notice of Intent Due: April 12, 2010
Date Proposals Due: April 27, 2010, 12:00 PM

Contracting Office: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Contracts Management, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850; Mary Haines, Contracting Officer.


You are invited to submit a proposal to AHRQ for Request for Proposal (RFP) No. AHRQ-10-10006, entitled "Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness Research Network-2 (DEcIDE-2)." Your proposal must be developed and submitted in accordance with the requirements and instructions of this RFP.

A multiple-award, Task Order-type contract (Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity [IDIQ]) is contemplated for a period of 3 years.

The Government anticipates awarding six to 10 contracts from this one solicitation.

Questions regarding this solicitation shall be received in this office no later than March 23, 2010, 12:00 PM. All questions shall be submitted electronically by E-mail to Mary Haines, Contracting Officer, at the following E-mail address: The subject line should read: "Proposal Questions RFP No. AHRQ-10-10006."

Answers to questions will be provided in the form of an amendment to this solicitation and will be posted on AHRQ's Contract Solicitations Web page and the Federal Business Opportunities Web page, It is the offeror's responsibility to monitor the Web sites where the RFP will be posted to learn about any amendments to the solicitation.


AHRQ is soliciting proposals for research centers to participate in the "Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness" (DEcIDE) Research Network program. It is anticipated that between six and 10 Task Order Contract awards will be made in response to this RFP to continue the collaborative research network that AHRQ established in 2005.

The DEcIDE Network assists AHRQ and other Federal Agencies with patient-centered outcomes research, including studies on comparative clinical effectiveness as authorized by Section 1013 of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) and subsequent legislation such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Through this solicitation, new DEcIDE contracts will be awarded for 36 months. This is a full and open competition and not limited to existing DEcIDE research centers (DEcIDE-1).

The DEcIDE-2 Research Network will continue to provide a variety of research services and scientific products to support the generation of new scientific evidence on patient-centered outcomes of healthcare items and services, with a focus on comparative clinical effectiveness research. Activities performed by the DEcIDE Research Network reflect the general principle that clinicians and patients should have the best available scientific evidence upon which to make individual decisions about health care items and services. Notably, a hallmark of the DEcIDE Research Network program is to provide high-quality research that contributes to the evidence base and serves to inform healthcare decisionmaking. Hence, the DEcIDE Research Network program will continue its focus on original research that generates objective scientific evidence and new analytic tools for assisting patients, clinicians, purchasers, policymakers, and others in making informed health care decisions.

Note: None of the Task Orders awarded under the IDIQ contracts will be subject to ARRA funding and reporting requirements.

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