RFP: Operator Selection for Two Regional Class Research Vessels (RCRV 2 and RCRV 3), National Science Foundation (Apr. 19)

2018-01-29T10:41:54+00:00 January 29, 2018|

Operator Selection for Two Regional Class Research Vessels (RCRV 2 and RCRV 3)

NSF 18-534

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):

April 19, 2018


Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. Additionally, proposals and cost estimates should be submitted in accordance with the Large Facilities Manual (LFM), NSF 17-066, dated March 2017.


General Information

Program Title:

Operator Selection for Two Regional Class Research Vessels (RCRV 2 and RCRV 3)

Synopsis of Program:

The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) Integrative Programs Section (IPS) is soliciting proposals from eligible organizations to serve as Operating Institutions (OIs) for two (2) Regional Class Research Vessels (RCRVs). Planning for construction of new RCRVs for the U.S. Academic Research Fleet (ARF) has been ongoing at the National Science Foundation for more than a decade. In early 2012 a Solicitation (NSF 12-558) was issued for the design and construction of up to three RCRVs. The solicitation provided that the Awardee would serve as Lead Institution (LI) for the Design and Construction of all vessels in the Class with the option to serve as Operator of the Lead Ship. The solicitation further indicated that selection of OIs for any additional vessels would be conducted by means of a separate competition that would be completed prior to delivery of the first RCRV.

In early 2013, a resulting Cooperative Agreement was awarded to Oregon State University (OSU). As the LI, OSU is responsible for managing each phase of the design, construction and trials of each vessel in the Class. The Design Phase has been completed and NSF’s 2017 budget included a provision that supported construction of three (3) ships. A construction contract for up to three Regional Class Research Vessels was awarded to Gulf Island Shipyards, LLC.

This solicitation seeks to select qualified institutions to operate the additional RCRV Class vessels. These institutions shall either have current membership in the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) or be capable of becoming UNOLS members prior to taking over responsibility for full vessel operations. Separate proposals are required for each vessel. The solicitation requires prospective Awardees to perform the following, separately-funded activities:

  • Provide Operating Institution representation on-site at the shipyard from the start of the Design Verification and Transfer (DVT) for their respective vessel (see estimated dates below).
  • Provide one representative to a Transition Core Team formed at the start of the Transition to Operations Phase of RCRV #1(estimated to be October 2019).
  • Provide appropriate levels of phased personnel resources in support of the two-year Transition to Operations periods for RCRV #2 and RCRV #3, which start one year prior to vessel delivery and end one year following vessel delivery.
  • The requirement to provide one year of Full Operations after completing the Transition to Operations Phase for each vessel will be funded directly under this solicitation.

The staggered schedule for the Construction Phase of the RCRV program is based on one-year increments for RCRV #1, #2 and #3, such that Design Verification Start, Transition Start, Vessel Delivery, Transition End and 1st year of post-Transition operations for RCRV#1 precedes comparable milestones for RCRV# 2 by one year, which precedes RCRV #3 by one year. Accordingly, a tentative schedule of milestones during and after completion of construction that will require Awardee participation is as follows:…

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