The National Shipbuilding Research Program has issued its 2011 Research Announcement, seeking proposals related to surface preparation, coatings processes and other measures to reduce the cost of building and maintaining U.S. Navy ships.
NSRP’s Advanced Shipbuilding Enterprise is focused on solutions to consensus priority issues that exhibit a compelling business case to improve the efficiency of the U.S. shipbuilding and ship repair industry.
Solutions include leverage of best commercial practices, use of new technologies, and creation of industry-specific initiatives. Proposals that incorporate aggressive technology transfer to, and buy-in by, multiple U.S. shipyards are strongly preferred.
Priority areas of concentration this year are promoting modular construction; reducing rework; reducing environmental impacts; and improving production engineering, specifications and standards, manufacturing processes, production planning, data, safety and health; and education and training.
Successful projects are those that demonstrate value and clearly reduce total ownership costs through reductions in acquisition and fleet life-cycle costs. These are critical elements in the Navy's 30-year shipbuilding plan. Identification of specific cost reduction manifestation is an important element of NSRP ASE.
The Research Announcement is posted at www.nsrp.org and www.fbo.gov. It will be modified as necessary to reflect changes in government and/or industry priorities.
NSRP is emphasizing several requirements in the announcement, including cost share requirements and the need for a strong business case that can and will be supported by project metrics.
Teaming arrangements are encouraged. A Project Teaming Bulletin Board is available and can be used to locate proposal partners. A public email forum for exchanging ideas about teaming is also available. At least one U.S. shipyard should be substantially involved in each project, normally in a leadership role.
Proposal Preparation Kit
Applicants should obtain a copy of the latest NSRP ASE Proposal Preparation Kit (Version 5.0, dated Sept. 24, 2010), available at www.nsrp.org. This guide is designed to assist applicants in understanding the RA proposal process. The proposal format provided in the PPK is mandatory.
Sample Technology Investment Agreements are also available for review on the NSRP website.
NSRP ASE will host an online informational conference using GoToMeeting at 2 p.m. EDT Oct. 12. The conference will provide an overview of the program, explain the process, and answer general questions. More information about the conference will be posted at www.nsrp.org. Advance registration is mandatory.
The NSRP site will also have a link for submitting questions about the process. All questions and answers will be posted to the site, which is publicly accessible.
In addition, NSRP will host a Proposal Writing Workshop on Oct. 27 at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, NC. The public workshop will be tailored to prospective applicants for the current solicitation. Participants must register in advance.
Abstracts and Deadlines
Abstracts are mandatory and should follow the format and guidance contained in Section 2.2 of the Proposal Preparation Kit. Abstracts are due Oct. 25, 2010. Abstracts should be uploaded and submitted online, using the form on www.nsrp.org.
Abstracts will be shared with Naval Sea Systems Command, its affiliated Program Executive Officers, and their staffs, as well as with U.S. Coast Guard engineering and acquisition representatives.
Feedback will be provided to submitters two to three weeks after the abstract due date. Abstracts and feedback will not be shared with other applicants or proposal evaluators.
Full technical and cost proposals must be received by noon EST Feb. 11, 2011. They should be addressed to:
NSRP ASE Program Administrator
Advanced Technology International
5300 International Blvd
North Charleston, SC 29418
Attn: Ms. Melissa Ingram, ATI Contracting