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Support Human Autonomy Interaction

Solicitation number W7719-185397/A

Publication date

Closing date and time 2019/04/17 14:00 EDT

Last amendment date

    Trade Agreement: Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
    Tendering Procedures: All interested suppliers may submit a bid
    Competitive Procurement Strategy: Lowest/Lower Bid
    Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
    Nature of Requirements: 
    The closing date is extended to April 17, 2019. 
    Support Human Autonomy Interaction
    Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto, Ontario has a requirement for the provision of Support Human Autonomy Interaction Research. The objective of this work is to design, develop, implement, and evaluate Human Autonomy Interaction (HAI) concepts, methodologies, and technologies to improve overall Human-Machine System (HMS) performance for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). 
    The period of the contract will be 3 years with 2 optional one-year periods. In order to manage this work efficiently, a Task Authorization Contract (TAC) is required. The statement of work (SOW) is intended to form the basis for this TAC that will allow DRDC Toronto to task services from the Contractor on an as-required basis.
    There are security requirements associated with this requirement. For additional information, consult Part 6 - Security, Financial and Other Requirements, and Part 7 - Resulting Contract Clauses. For more information on personnel and organization security screening or security clauses, Bidders should refer to the Contract Security Program of Public Works and Government Services Canada ( website.
    The requirement is subject to the provisions of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA).
    The requirement is subject to a preference for Canadian goods and/or services.
    The Federal Contractors Program (FCP) for employment equity applies to this procurement; refer to Part 5  Certifications and Additional Information, Part 7 - Resulting Contract Clauses and the annex titled Federal Contractors Program for Employment Equity - Certification.
    Mandatory Technical Criteria 
    M1. The Bidder must propose 10 resources in the following categories:
    Senior Researcher: 2 resources
    Specialist Researcher: 4 resources
    Technical Support Staff: 4 resources
    If a Bidder proposes additional resources, they will not be evaluated. 
    M2. The Bidder must provide a current CV for each proposed resource.
    M3.1 Each proposed resource must possess a PhD or Post-Doctoral training in Psychology or Industrial Engineering (Specialised in Human Factors).
    M3.2  Each proposed resource must possess a minimum of  5 years' experience (within 10 years from the RFP closing date) working in the area of human-automation interaction or human-artificial intelligence interaction and as a scientific lead in at least 2 research projects dealing with the development of experimental measures and cognitive metrics for investigating human performance issues.
    M3.3 Each proposed resource must possess a minimum of 5 years’ experience (within 10 years from the RFP closing date) in the design and implementation of a research facility for investigating human-autonomy interaction or human-artificial intelligence Interaction issues.
    M4.1 Each proposed resource must possess a PhD or Post-Doctoral training in a minimum of one of the following: 
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Engineering  
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechatronics Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering (Specialized in Human Factors)
    • Aerospace Engineering.
    M4.2 Each proposed resource must possess a minimum of 5 years’ experience (within 10 years from the RFP closing date) working in/with system design for autonomous or intelligent systems.
    M5.1 Each proposed resource possess a Bachelor or high degree of training in a minimum of one of the following:
    • Psychology
    • Industry Engineering (specialized in Human Factors)
    • Cognitive Science
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Electronical Engineering
    • Interface Design
    • Technical Communications
    • Aerospace Engineering
    M5.2 Each proposed resource must possess a minimum 5 years’ experience (within 10 years from the RFP closing date) in design and implementation of a simulation-based facility for assessing human performance concepts or technologies in a defence context.  
    Basis of Selection - Highest Combined Rating of Technical Merit and Price
    1. To be declared responsive, a bid must: 
    a. comply with all the requirements of the bid solicitation; and
    b. meet all mandatory criteria; and
    c. obtain the required minimum of 280 points overall for the technical evaluation criteria which are subject to point rating.  
    The rating is performed on a scale of 472 points. 
    2. Bids not meeting (a) or (b) or (c) will be declared non-responsive. 
    3. The selection will be based on the highest responsive combined rating of technical merit and price. The ratio will be 60% for the technical merit and 40% for the price. 
    4. To establish the technical merit score, the overall technical score for each responsive bid will be determined as follows: total number of points obtained / maximum number of points available multiplied by the ratio of 60%.
    5. To establish the pricing score, each responsive bid will be prorated against the lowest evaluated price and the ratio of 40%.
    6. For each responsive bid, the technical merit score and the pricing score will be added to determine its combined rating. 
    7. Neither the responsive bid obtaining the highest technical score nor the one with the lowest evaluated price will necessarily be accepted. The responsive bid with the highest combined rating of technical merit and price will be recommended for award of a contract. 
    Delivery Date: Above-mentioned
    The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement.
    Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.

    Contract duration

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    Trade agreements

    • Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)

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    Contact information

    Contracting organization

    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    11 Laurier St, Phase III, Place du Portage
    Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0S5
    Contracting authority
    Berends, Robert
    (905) 615-2465 ( )
    Ontario Region
    Mississauga, Ontario,

    Buying organization(s)

    Department of National Defence
    101 Colonel By Dr
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A0K2
    Bidding details

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    Summary information

    Notice type
    Request for Proposal
    English, French
    Region(s) of delivery
    Ontario (except NCR)
    Procurement method
    Competitive – Open Bidding
    Selection criteria
    Lowest Price

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