FDA cancels RFQ for Technical Expertise in Artificial Intelligence

Updated July 21, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), Division of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics (DBB) cancellation for Technical Expertise in Artificial Intelligence; due to budget constraints.

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Updated April 23, 2020

Solicitation: FDA-SOL-1224009

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), Division of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics (DBB) requires Technical Expertise in Artificial Intelligence; an experienced individual with written and oral presentation skills, a thorough understanding of bioinformatics with specific knowledge in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the area of reproducibility, interpretability and transparency.

FDA seeks a contractor with demonstrated expertise in working with Artificial Intelligence. This will support the FDA / Division of Bioinformatics and Biostatics to develop and coordinate informatics capabilities within NCTR and FDA Centers. An individual with a thorough understanding of bioinformatics with specific knowledge in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the area of reproducibility, interpretability and transparency. The individual will be working in close coordination with the DBB at NCTR in Jefferson, Arkansas, the contractor shall assist in the formulation of innovative ideas/approaches to address the current needs in AI development, to advise bioinformatics staff in the appropriate methods of writing papers and protocols, and to provide support in the generation of manuscripts and other documentation. This shall require periodic visits to the NCTR Campus and communication with the DBB staffs via other electronic means, including WebEx. Specifically, the contractor shall communicate via e-mail, phone calls and WebEx to make recommendations as appropriate, and to schedule visits to the NCTR campus, with the Project Officer.

Tasks:

1.The contractor shall visit NCTR one time per year with each visit being for a period of at least 5 business days. The purpose of the visit is to train DBB young scientists and to assist the DBB in the writing of manuscripts and research protocols (1 at a minimum but no more than 4) related to AI. Visits shall include seminars and/or training sessions for groups and individuals within DBB to communicate the latest developments in the AI field. The contractor shall perform needed literature assessment, etc., therefore, shall furnish equipment needed to access these resources (i.e. personal laptop). NCTR shall provide access to guest Wi-Fi and projection equipment if needed for presentations.

2.Additionally, the contractor shall review draft manuscripts (1 at a minimum but no more than 4) related to AI, provide recommendations for revisions to prepare for publication(shall follow the standard practice in the scientific community for conducting the manuscript writing), and assist in the development of research protocols to further the research. This work shall be conducted at the contractor’s facility and is not to exceed four hours per week.

3.There shall be one or two teleconferences per month that shall require contractor participation (teleconference approximately 1 hour each). The Director of DBB shall have the ultimate decision on all revisions to manuscripts and protocols before final submission to NCTR for approval

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Posted March 18, 2020

Solicitation: FDA-SSN-1224009

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), Division of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics (DBB) requires Technical Expertise in Artificial Intelligence; an experienced individual with written and oral presentation skills, a thorough understanding of bioinformatics with specific knowledge in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the area of reproducibility, interpretability and transparency.

Specifically, the goal is to evaluate, develop and employ the AI methodologies with a specific emphasis on its reproducibility, transparency and interpretability. This will aid in the efforts in the FDA to (1) develop the policy in regulation for the products that contains AI and (2) improve the agency’s operation by incorporating AI methods in regulatory science.

FDA seeks a contractor with demonstrated expertise in working with Artificial Intelligence. This will support the FDA / Division of Bioinformatics and Biostatics to develop and coordinate informatics capabilities within NCTR and FDA Centers. An individual with a thorough understanding of bioinformatics with specific knowledge in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the area of reproducibility, interpretability and transparency. The individual will be working in close coordination with the DBB at NCTR in Jefferson, Arkansas, the contractor shall assist in the formulation of innovative ideas/approaches to address the current needs in AI development, to advise bioinformatics staff in the appropriate methods of writing papers and protocols, and to provide support in the generation of manuscripts and other documentation. This shall require periodic visits to the NCTR Campus and communication with the DBB staffs via other electronic means, including WebEx. Specifically, the contractor shall communicate via e-mail, phone calls and WebEx to make recommendations as appropriate, and to schedule visits to the NCTR campus, with the Project Officer. This is further detailed below.

The contractor shall visit NCTR one time per year with each visit being for a period of at least 5 business days. The purpose of the visit is to train DBB young scientists and to assist the DBB in the writing of manuscripts and research protocols (1 at a minimum but no more than 4) related to AI. Visits shall include seminars and/or training sessions for groups and individuals within DBB to communicate the latest developments in the AI field. The contractor shall perform needed literature assessment, etc., therefore, shall furnish equipment needed to access these resources (i.e. personal laptop). NCTR shall provide access to guest Wi-Fi and projection equipment if needed for presentations.

Additionally, the contractor shall review draft manuscripts (1 at a minimum but no more than 4) related to AI, provide recommendations for revisions to prepare for publication (shall follow the standard practice in the scientific community for conducting the manuscript writing), and assist in the development of research protocols to further the research. This work shall be conducted at the contractor’s facility and is not to exceed four hours per week.

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