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Collegiate Wind Competition

Colorado, United States
Government : Federal
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National Energy **********
Managed and Operated by the ******** for Energy, LLC
Request for ********* Number
*********** Wind Competition"

REQUEST FOR *********


This is being ********* under the procedures for *********** established by the National Energy ********** (NREL). NREL will award no less than 10 based on the following.

All Statement of Work (SOW) requirements being met with the best combination of:
• Technical factors (based on qualitative merit criteria)
• Evaluated price.

will only be awarded to a 4-year institution of higher education.

Issue Date: 9/9/19 Due Date: 12/9/19 Time Due: 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time

Technical questions must be received in writing no later than 11/15/19

Interested parties are invited to attend an informational webinar on Thursday, October 17 at 4:00 p.m. ET to learn more about the Collegiate Wind Competition and hear from organizers. Please click on the link at the time of the webinar and you will be joined into the meeting. Please note, participation is capped at 500 attendees. If you are unable to attend, a recording will be posted to the Collegiate Wind Competition website following the webinar. Go to ---- to view the recording.

Collegiate Wind Competition Informational Webinar
Thursday, October 17, 2019
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. ET

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

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1. type
Best Value Selection
Firm Fixed Price

Submit offers to and request information from the NREL RFP Contact below

2. NREL RFP contact
Jeff Soltesz, Senior Subcontract Administrator
National Energy **********
15013 Denver West Parkway, MS RSF030
Golden, CO 80401
Email: ----

Electronic (PDF) copies of forms and appendices can be found at:

3. Project description

As specified in the Statement of Work (Appendix A) titled " Collegiate Wind Competition" dated September 6, 2019

4. Proposed subcontract award and period of performance

The ******** for Energy, LLC has entered into Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), an agency of the U.S. Government, for the management and operation of the National Energy ********** (hereinafter called "NREL"). All references to "NREL" in this shall mean the ******** for Energy, LLC.

It is the intent of NREL to award no less than ten (10) firm fixed price (Attachment 2) under this . The anticipated period of performance is through July 31, 2021 with funding availability of $20,000.00 for each award.

NREL anticipates that the schedule for negotiation and award of the shall conclude within four (4) months from the date of notification of selection. In the event that NREL and the potential subcontractor cannot complete the negotiations and award process within this four (4)-month period, NREL will make a unilateral decision regarding the selected team's continued eligibility for award due to insufficient time to execute and achieve successful completion of the subcontract.

Exceptions (if any) must be submitted with the proposal. Exceptions submitted after the proposal deadline will not be considered.

5. *********** negotiated subcontract using Best Value Selection

This shall be ********* using Best Value Selection that results in an award that is most advantageous to NREL based on the best value combination of evaluated qualitative merit.

6. Qualitative merit criteria for Best Value Selection

The Statement of Work (Appendix A) in this Request for ********* serves as NREL's baseline requirements that must be met by each offer.

The qualitative merit criteria establish the technical factors that NREL considers valuable in an offer. These qualitative merit criteria are performance-based.

The following qualitative merit criteria will be used to determine the technical value of the offer in meeting the objectives of the .

Other factors may be considered during team selection to ensure that appropriate geographic diversity or other relevant programmatic goals are being met. Qualitative merit criteria and assigned weights are described below.

6.1 Educational Objective and Academic Integration (25%)
• Demonstrate that students are academically supported in the two (2) Competition contest areas and that contest area content is integrated into the students' educational experience (e.g., courses integrating Competition elements or that otherwise support Competition-related work, scholarships, independent study projects, or research assistantships designed to support successful student participation in the Competition). Alternatively, there is a plan to cultivate required knowledge through other means (e.g. remote learning, industry partnerships, informal independent study projects, industry mentorships, clubs, etc.)
• Demonstrate commitment to developing wind energy curricula and multi-year wind education.

6.2 Organization and Project Planning (25%)
• Demonstrate understanding of all Competition elements and outline the planned approach to execution of elements and subcontract deliverables, including how unique obstacles, such as academic calendars, will be overcome. If applicable, note previous participation in other applicable competitions.
• Demonstrate that the team is supported by sufficient faculty and staff to ensure that the students can be successful in achieving the Competition objectives (e.g., list faculty, staff, and other mentors who will advise students throughout the Competition). Describe how Principal Investigator's (PIs), Co-PIs, and other faculty will balance additional responsibilities associated with supporting the Competition.
• Demonstrate student interest in participation in the Competition for the year in which you are applying. If known, identify a student leader and student team members. Student letters of commitment are encouraged.
• Describe how the Competition team will be organized across the institution's (or institutions') academic focus areas and how PIs and Co-PIs will teach, advise, and coach the students in the skills necessary to compete in the Competition.

6.3 Team Configuration and Inclusivity (15%)
• Demonstrate or describe efforts to ensure that team makeup is consistent with NREL/DOE efforts to cultivate a wind workforce comprised of diverse backgrounds, skill sets, and educational training (e.g., describe how team members of diverse or unique backgrounds will be engaged and recruited to ensure team diversity).
• Demonstrate ability to successfully execute the multiple academic disciplines of the Competition.
• Describe previous successful examples of multi-disciplinary actions or projects implemented by diverse student groups and undertaken by the PIs, Co-PIs, students, or the institution.
• Demonstrate commitment to support alumni efforts following the Competition, including advising new Competition entrants on challenges, lessons learned, how to integrate into classwork, etc.

6.4 Budget Management and Institutional Support (20%)
• Demonstrate understanding of the required budget for competing.
• Demonstrate a plan to supplement the DOE-provided funds if it is neede...

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