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Optical Techniques, Devices, and Measurements Support


Friday, March 20, 2015


The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Optical Sciences Division carries out a variety of research and development activities focused on the invention, investigation, and development of new concepts for generating, transforming, modulating, and detecting electromagnetic energy spanning the ultraviolet through long wavelength infrared spectral regions.  These concepts form the basis for new materials and devices,  new sensors, new communications links, and new processing methods that will provide the Navy/DoD with enhanced capability for  situational awareness, target detection, communications, defense of personnel and platforms, and other Navy/DoD applications.

The objective of this requirement is to conduct research, both theoretical and experimental, to conceive, design, fabricate, and characterize optical and opto-electronic materials, phenomena, devices, sensors and systems based on them which are the subject of certain key research projects at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington D.C.  These research efforts will include a number of inter-related tasks that vary in both their scientific dimensions and deliverable products.  However, several tasks may support the same mission and must be coordinated or interfaced.  Many of the experimental equipment items and facilities necessary to carry out these tasks are unique to NRL, which dictates that a major portion of the tasks be performed at NRL.   The research topics  for these tasks include fiber optic sensors for acoustic, seismic, electric and magnetic fields, fiber optic sensors for strains and damage in structures; other optically based sensors for chemicals (both agent and non-agent), biological materials, and explosives; microwave photonics for electronic warfare, radar and communication links; multi component polymers for optical, electronic, and mechanical applications; novel infrared optical materials; optical emitters; high speed photo detectors; focal plane arrays; and quantum optics.  Work will involve integration of components and subsystems and Navy platforms.  In many of these programs, emphasis will be placed on signal processing, as well as sensor development.

The Period of Performance for issuance of task orders against this contract shall extend from date of award through one (1) year with four (4) one year option periods, making the ultimate Period of Performance five (5) years should all options be exercised.  The work shall be performed at field sites in the US, at foreign sites, and at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington D.C. The North America Industry Classification System (NAICS) is 541712.

A complete Statement of Work (SOW) will be available as part of the solicitation.  It is anticipated that an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with Cost Plus Fixed Fee (CPFF) type orders will be made as a result of the solicitation.  NRL uses Electronic Commerce (EC) to issue Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and amendments to RFPs.  Paper copies of the RFP will not be provided.  The actual closing date for proposals will be stated in the solicitation when issued.  All responsible sources may submit a bid, proposal or quotation, which shall be considered by the agency.

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