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Request for Information (RFI) for Antarctic Science & Engineering Support for the United States Antarctic Program

December 17, 2021

The U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) is currently conducting market intelligence to further engage with industry and to continue its efforts to capture industry feedback to improve planning for the follow-on Antarctic Services procurement or non-procurement contract.

USAP is seeking feedback on:

  • The potential creation and operation of an Antarctica Science and Engineering Support Consortium;
  • How USAP might use a consortium model to encourage and attract best sources, including traditional and non-traditional entities; and
  • Seeking feedback regarding choice-of-instrument.

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