Submitted by whipple on Sat, 09/11/2021 - 15:17
Post Date/ Solicitation Issue Date
Closing Response Date
Proposed Award Date
Project Title
32 inches widescreen display UHD MR safe for 7T fMRI
Contracting Office
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Contact Points

Primary Contract Specialist


Secondary Contracting Officer

Estimated Period of Performance
Delivery of Goods
December 01, 2021
Competition Status
Brand Name Only
Vendor Name
Cambridge Research Systems
Vendor Address
80 Riverside
Sir Thomas Longley Rd.
Rochester, Kent, ME2 4BH
Brand Name
Cambridge Research Systems BOLDscreen UHD MR safe 32 inch display
Rationale/ Salient Characteristics
In summary, the system consists of the following components:
Salient Characteristics:

• lightweight LCD Display unit (32”) with extremely low RF characteristics
• display resolution of 3840x2160
• Integrated USB& wireless hub with built-in video camera for subject monitoring

Single-Sole Source Determination
The MR Safe LCD display screen listed herein is available from only one source, and competition is precluded for the reasons indicated below. There are no substitutes available.

This system and components are proprietary to Cambridge Research Systems. This is the only LCD screen that has been tested to work anywhere within an ultra high magnetic field environment such as a 7T MRI scanner room. See below for siting restrictions with competing in-room LCD displays.

The essential characteristics of the prospective motion correction system that limit the availability to a sole source are the following:
• Cambridge Research Systems is a leader in developing LCD screens that operate at high magnetic field and suitable from functional MRI vision research.
• Cambridge Research Systems is the only vendor with a high resolution, MR safe LCD screen that has been tested to work virtually anywhere inside a 7T MRI scanner room. A Siemens 7T MRI scanner (Terra 7T) is currently being installed in the FMRIF with delivery expected in the spring of FY2022.
• Older versions of this display screens from Cambridge Research Systems are currently being used in other MRI scanner rooms at NIH (NIAAA Prisma 3T, NMRF7T. These display screens have been found to function according to their the specifications and are extremely reliable.

Background/Description of Requirement
This project originates from the NIMH Functional MRI Facility, a resource initiated by NIMH and NINDS to serve as a resource by which all NIH institutes can perform Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) studies that further the understanding of healthy and diseased brain anatomy, function and physiology. A new 7T MRI scanner is currenty being planned for installation in (B1D708) for anatomical and functional MRI studies. Therefore, it is essential that a state-of-the-art display system be available for support those studies. A high resolution (3840x2160) 32” LCD display screen that can operate in a high magnetic field environment (i.e. next to a 7 Tesla MRI magnet). This display screen will be used in the new FMRIF7TA 7T MRI scanner room (B1D708) in the Functional MRI Research Facility. This display screen can generate visual stimuli with superior image quality (high contrast, high resolution and no time lag) required for functional MRI studies that will be performed in this scanner. Since this display will be located inside the scanner, it is easier to set up than using external projector system. Therefore, acquisition of this display screen will allow researchers to perform state-of-the-art vision research using the new 7T MRI scanner.

Interested parties may identify in writing their interest and capability in response to this requirement. Responses to this notice shall contain sufficient information to establish the interested parties’ bona-fide capabilities for fulfilling the requirement and include: unit price, list price, shipping and handling costs, the delivery period after contract award, the prompt payment discount terms, the F.O.B. Point (Destination or Origin), the Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and the certification of business size. All offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov.

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