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Two Current Funding Opportunities

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Broad Agency Announcement: Mine Ventilation and Safety Research and Capacity Building

Solicitation Number: 2014-N-15795

The Office of Mine Safety and Health Research, NIOSH, is soliciting 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 will be 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 will be 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 include but are 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 seeks contract awardees that are tenured or in tenure track faculty positions in the area of mine ventilation.

 

Read the full solicitation and apply online at FedBizOpps.

Deadline for responses: May 30, 2014

 


Request for Proposals: Emergency Self Escape

Solicitation Number: 2014-N-15805

The objective of this procurement is 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 will 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 will 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 is set-aside for Small Business.

Read the full solicitation and apply online at FedBizOpps.

Deadline for responses: May 23, 2014

 


What has OMSHR looked for in past Broad Agency Announcements?

Sample 1:

 

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, 2013

 


 
Sample 2:

 

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


 

Sample 3:

 

Broad Agency Announcement for Development and Demonstration of Mine Safety and Health Technology - Expired March 21, 2013


In early 2013, the NIOSH Office of Mine Safety and Health Research released a new funding opportunity in the form of a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). NIOSH considered the following five topics, which are listed in no special order, to be areas of elevated interest; but as described in this solicitation, other topics are also appropriate for consideration:

  • Technology for Detection of Hazardous Conditions
  • Battery Technology
  • Technology to Reduce Float Dust
  • Through-the-Earth Communication
  • Rapid Drilling for Mine Rescue 

Want to see the full text of this expired BAA?

NIOSH BAA 2013-N-14974 on FedBizOpps.gov. Expired March 21, 2013

 


 

Sample 4:

 

Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for
Development and Demonstration of Mine Safety and Health Technology

Solicitation Number: 2014-N-15776

Expires January 22, 2014

NIOSH’s Office of Mine Safety and Health Research is soliciting concept papers to conduct research, explore development, undertake rigorous testing, or evaluate or adapt technologies to improve mine safety in the following six areas:
  • Post-Event Hazardous Conditions Detection: A deployable, hardened, battery-powered, intrinsically safe monitoring system that can survive an explosion or fire.
  • Battery Safety: Onboard technologies that can detect and measure conditions that could lead to short-circuit of large format lead-acid batteries, monitor battery during recharge cycles, or monitor and control heat buildup that can lead to thermal runaway.
  • Float Dust Reduction: Sensing technologies to determine the dispersion of float coal dust and measure and differentiate rock dust in the airstream.
  • Through-the-Earth (TTE) Communication: Noise datasets suitable for evaluating TTE performance and alternative antenna configurations to improve system performance once deployed.
  • NO2 and CO Personal Monitor: A personal monitor that is renewable and can measure acute exposure to nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide in real time.
  • Rock Dusting: Technology to ensure adequate and uniform distribution of rock dust onto coal mine surfaces.

Inquiries: via e-mail sent to Contracting Officer, Cynthia Mitchell: akq9@cdc.gov

Total Amount of Funding: $2M to $5M for the duration of this BAA.

Estimated Amount of Awards: $200,000–$300,000, with a ceiling of $650,000.

Estimated Number of Awards: 8 to 14.

 

 

 

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