Single Source Procurement: Spinal Cord Injury Research Program

Pursuant to New York State Finance Law § 163.10(b), The New York State Department of Health is presenting the following summary of relevant circumstances, and material and substantial reasons why a competitive procurement was not feasible. The New York State Department of Health Spinal Cord Injury Research Program has made a determination to issue a Single Source Procurement to 15 eligible Spinal Cord Injury Research Institutions to support ongoing currently funded and peer reviewed research projects. Approximately 1,000 New York residents suffer a traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) each year, joining the estimated six million people in the United States who are living with paralysis and other effects of SCI. The personal and economic costs to these persons, their families and to society are immense. Since 1998, the New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Board (SCIRB) has been advising the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (Program) regarding research focused on cures for SCI and SCI-induced paralysis.

The SCIRB's mission is to stimulate high-quality, innovative SCI research that will help promote treatment and cure for SCI, including methods for reversing paralysis or restoring function caused by injury, or for minimizing or preventing damage occurring during acute phases of injury. To achieve its mission, the SCIRB and Program has offered a series of competitive research awards to support New York State scientists and their collaborators from a variety of biomedical disciplines to pursue treatment and cure. These efforts have infused economic benefit to the State.

Research awards are predicated upon independent expert scientific merit peer review services provided through a miscellaneous contract. When such peer review services are available, the results/scores of scientific research applications can be reviewed by the SCIRB. Upon their recommendation and the approval of the Commissioner of Health and the Office of the State Comptroller, grant contracts can be initiated.

Procurement / Program Name Spinal Cord Injury Research Program
Contractor Name(s) Multiple Contractors - See Attached List.
Contract Period 12/01/2014 - 08/31/2015
Contract Number(s) Various Contract Numbers - See Attached List.