Research and Development Services Acquisition Planning Package
Government buyers can use this APP to develop and release a solicitation for Research and Development Services. Leverage the instructional content below, along with the linked sample, template, and reference documents, to better understand the subcategory and obtain needed products, services, or solutions.
Acquisition Lifecycle Overview
Use the following overview to gain a high-level understanding of pre-solicitation lifecycle stages and quickly navigate to relevant resources
Discovery: Learn about the current Research and Development Services acquisition environment and review critical resources before beginning your acquisition
Relevant documents: Buyer's Guides and other critical resources
Requirements Definition: Document your needs and estimate associated costs to set the foundation for a successful acquisition
Solicitation Development: Develop solicitation documents to help clearly express your business requirements and invite private sector contractors to compete for your work
Relevant documents: RFQ, RFP, Other Solicitation Resources and Templates
Learn about the current Research and Development Services acquisition environment and review critical resources before beginning your acquisition
Research and Development Services Acquisition Overview
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Gain a broad understanding of acquisitions in this subcategory using the resources below. Please note that certain resources are also listed within the other stages
High-impact reference documents that overview the subcategory across lifecycle stages
Document your needs and estimate associated costs to set the foundation for a successful acquisition
Use these samples and templates to develop a requirements document for your acquisition. If you expect your acquisition to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold, use the IGCE resources to develop a cost estimate to supplement your requirements document. Additional Buying Tips and Tools have also been provided to help inform requirements and estimate costs / pricing.
Performance Work Statement (PWS)
A requirements document for performance-based acquisitions that clearly describes performance objectives and standards expected of the contractor
Inform your acquisition strategy by collecting information on the supply base, available contract vehicles, and key regulations
Use templates or the MRAS resource to conduct your own market research. Alternatively, review sample documents to understand existing capabilities to meet your business / acquisition needs. Additional Policy and/or Guidance has also been provided to help identify key regulations or processes for existing contract vehicles.
Request for Information (RFI)
A process / document used by government agencies to gauge industry interest and gather information on contractor capabilities and other general market information. Responses are used for information only and are not considered part of an official proposal
A type of market research report outlining available commercial capabilities, vendors, and contract vehicles to meet business / acquisition needs. These reports can be produced independently or through MRAS (detailed below)
A type of market research report developed by GSA's internal Market Research as a Service (MRAS) offering. Please use this link to request a MRAS report
Develop solicitation documents to help clearly express your business requirements and invite private sector contractors to compete for your work
Use samples and templates to develop your own solicitation and request responses from contractors capable and interested in fulfilling the requirements. The formats below provide different ways to structure your solicitation depending on the complexity of your needs.
Request for Quotation (RFQ)
A solicitation type used to obtain pricing information for clearly defined products or services (e.g. COTS). RFQs are typically used to meet the business needs listed in a requirements document
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