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Broad Agency Announcement: Development and Demonstration of Mine Safety and Health Technology

Solicitation Number: 2015-N-16825

The Office of Mine Safety and Health Research, NIOSH, is soliciting concept papers to conduct research, exploratory development, testing, or evaluations of new technologies to improve mine safety, or to adapt technologies from other industries for application in mining environments. The primary interest of this broad agency announcement is to promote the modification or final development of practical technologies or systems that can be adopted by the mining community in a short period of time.

Under this solicitation, proposals to conduct theoretical or basic research will not be considered. NIOSH encourages collaboration with mining industry partners who understand the reality of the mining environment and can provide insight into mine design requirements and potential commercialization of the technology.

High-priority health and safety topic areas include the development of

  • remote detectors for methane gas;
  • intrinsically safe absolute pressure sensors for mine atmosphere;
  • economically viable stopping/door systems for built-in-place refuge alternatives;
  • permissible, non-invasive rock property tools;
  • compact, high-capacity dust collectors; and
  • reduced noise fans for use in underground mines.

NIOSH also welcomes proposals related to health and safety issues outside these topic areas, as well as proposals in the surveillance area or other work that involves the extraction of predictive information that could produce useful data for identifying the future technology needs of the mining industry.

Read the full solicitation and apply online at FedBizOpps.

Deadline for responses: January 12, 2015

 


What has OMSHR looked for in past Broad Agency Announcements?

Sample 1:

Mine Ventilation and Safety Research and Capacity Building - Expired June 5, 2014


In mid-2014, the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research, NIOSH, solicited proposals from universities or colleges specifically focused on mine ventilation to conduct work that addresses: research, exploratory development, testing, or evaluations of new innovations and technologies to improve mine health and/or safety.

Significant flexibility was given in defining proposed research areas. As such, all basic or applied mine-ventilation research topics that have an impact on health and/or safety were considered. Topics may be applicable to all types of underground mining or may be pertinent to only a specific mining method or mineral commodity. Sample research areas included but were not limited to:

• Using booster fans in coal mining,
• Ventilating large-opening mines,
• Modeling air and methane movements in gobs,
• Modeling mine fires and explosions,
• Controlling dust,
• Controlling methane liberations,
• Preventing/controlling frictional ignitions,
• Preventing/controlling mine fires,
• Preventing/controlling spontaneous combustion in gobs,
• Managing contaminated air and smoke from fires in belt airways,
• Removing airborne contaminants, e.g. dpm, through ventilation, and
• Cooling underground workings in hot mines

Contract awardees are expected to produce graduates with doctoral and/or master's degrees in mining or minerals engineering with a specialization in mine ventilation, as well as new knowledge in mine ventilation. Additionally, NIOSH sought contract awardees that are tenured or in tenure track faculty positions in the area of mine ventilation.

Want to see the full text of this expired BAA?

NIOSH BAA 2014-N-15795 on FedBizOpps.gov. Expired June 5, 2014

 


Sample 2:

Emergency Self Escape - Expired May 23, 2014

 

The objective of this procurement was to conduct thorough ergonomic and cognitive task analyses for the task of self-escape from underground coal mines in the presence of specified hazards. Additionally, this procurement sought proposals that would result in the identification and description of all the knowledge, skills, abilities (physical and cognitive) and other characteristics (KSAOs) that may be needed to successfully complete the task of self-escape. Finally, this procurement sought proposals to provide recommendations to improve the likelihood of self-escape. These findings may facilitate NIOSH and OMSHR to develop new/improved training materials and assessment methods to ensure miners possess all the KSAOs required for self-escape from underground coal mines.

This requirement was set-aside for Small Business.

Want to see the full text of this expired solicitation?

Solicitation number 2014-N-15805 on FedBizOpps.gov. Expired May 23, 2014

 


Sample 3:

 

Development and Demonstration of Robotics Technologies and Systems to Support Self-Escape or Rescue Efforts - Expired May 14, 2014

 

In early 2014, the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research (OMSHR) at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) had a requirement to conduct research, exploratory development, testing, or evaluations of new technologies to improve mine safety, or to adapt technologies from other industries for application in mining environments. The primary interest of this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) was to promote the modification or final development of practical robotics technologies or systems that can be adopted by the mining community in a short period of time to support self-escape or mine rescue efforts.

OMSHR is interested in robots that can:

  • be lowered through the boreholes and then navigated through the mine providing visual and atmospheric information to the operator on the surface.
  • explore several thousand feet ahead of the rescue teams and provide visual and atmospheric information to the rescued team at the fresh air base.
  • provide a "pack mule" capability for the rescue teams on a fully or semi-autonomous basis.

OMSHR is interested in explosion protection technologies that can be applied to robots to minimize or eliminate the possibility of explosion with minimal impact on the mobility and weight of the robots. The proposed solution can be either a general solution or incorporated with a solution to one of the three topic areas described previously.

Want to see the full text of this expired BAA?

NIOSH BAA 2014-N-15806 on FedBizOpps.gov. Expired May 14, 2014

 


 
Sample 4:

 

Broad Agency Announcement for Refuge Alternative Concepts for Deployment Near the Working Faces of Coal Mines - Expired April 16, 2013


In early 2013, the NIOSH Office of Mine Safety and Health Research was looking for innovative concepts for refuge alternatives near the face area of coal mines. These concepts were to:

  • Provide miners with enough confidence to use refuge alternatives in emergency situations when escape is not practical;
  • Provide a simple method of employing the refuge alternative;
  • Provide enough breathable air supply to increase the likelihood of miners surviving for extended periods of time in the refuge alternative;
  • Address heat and humidity concerns within the refuge alternative;
  • Provide communication to the refuge alternative; and
  • Consider the psychological and ergonomic issues associated with confinement. 

Want to see the full text of this expired BAA?

NIOSH BAA 2013-N-14957 on FedBizOpps.gov. Expired April 16, 2013


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