COVID-19 Response: How to Help

COVID-19 How to Help

For more information about FEMA’s response to COVID-19, please visit https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/

Opportunities:

April 10

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has an urgent need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers. Hospital and health networks fighting on the front-lines of the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response face immediate shortages of the equipment necessary to keep them safe from contagion while caring for our community.

The Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (M-ERT), as part of a coordinated response between academia, industry, and government, has provided a form as the method by which manufacturers may request funding from the Commonwealth to support the expansion of their production capabilities to make PPE equipment.

This funding is for manufacturers and contributing companies within Massachusetts to increase their in state production of PPE. Other applicants will be considered if they may contribute to the production of equipment listed in the link below.

If you are a Massachusetts manufacturer or contributing company, please visit this link to learn more and to apply: https://masstech.org/manufacturing-emergency-response-team-funding-program


April 8

The leaders of the Baker-Polito Administration’s Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative including Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy and Mike Tamasi, President and CEO of AccuRounds established the Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (M-ERT) to assist in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This work is being done in coordination with the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Response Command Center, led by Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders and AFFOA Board Member Ira Moscowitz.

The M-ERT’s Mission:

To mobilize, organize, and operationalize critical path work streams necessary for Massachusetts manufacturers to pivot their operations to produce needed materials in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If your organization is interested in joining the effort and has capabilities or interest in pivoting current capabilities towards the production of PPE, please fill out the form by following this link: https://masstech.org/m-ert


April 1

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has opened a funding opportunity for rapid, high-impact projects that support the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Using funds appropriated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020, NIST will award these grants through the NIST Manufacturing USA National Emergency Assistance Program with no requirements for cost matching.

Funding will be awarded to eligible Manufacturing USA® institutes, a network of 14 public-private partnerships that work with academic and private sector manufacturing organizations on research and development and manufacturing skills training. Each institute focuses on a particular advanced manufacturing specialty such as biofabrication, 3D manufacturing or advanced functional fabrics.

For more information, please visit: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=325811


March 30

Please reference the following site from MITRE.  The MITRE page is intended to provide up-to-date information regarding federal authorities, contractual vehicles, and initiatives available to support the COVID-19 response.

MITRE COVID-19 AUTHORITIES, CONTRACT VEHICLES, AND INITIATIVES: https://aida.mitre.org/covid/


March 26

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) posted a new solicitation for personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies in response to COVID-19. 

The synopsis/solicitation includes all factors to be considered, including instructions for quote preparation and where such information should be sent to FEMA (see link below).  Products identified include (but are not limited to) face shields, gown coveralls, face masks, and gloves.  FEMA will receive offers to supply through September 25, 2020

  • To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please submit a price quote under the COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies Request for Quotation. Full details can be found in the solicitation (Notice ID 70FA2020R00000011)
    • This solicitation requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to be considered for award, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines.  Registration information can be found at www.sam.gov.  Registration must be “ACTIVE” at the time of award.

March 20

Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support Clothing & Textiles Directorate is conducting market research to determine industry capabilities for providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) against viral contamination, specifically COVID-19. This is a Request for Information only and not a solicitation for award. DLA understands this is a fluid situation where the landscape of availability is constantly changing.  The primary purpose of this announcement is to identify potential sources, product offerings, availability and/or challenges to procuring and obtaining such items to rapidly meet emerging requirements. Therefore, to the extent practical, additional market research may be conducted prior to posting any solicitation to capture the snapshot of the availability at that specific point in time. DLA urges those companies that can provide the following category of items to respond even after the initial response due date of Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 5:00 PM.

The categories are not an all-inclusive list.  DLA welcomes industry to identify alternatives or identify additional PPE items necessary to protect against viral contamination of the COVID-19.

CATEGORIES:

  • Protective Coveralls, in any variant, i.e. with hood and booties, without hood and booties, with hood no booties, with booties no hood, etc.
  • Protective Aprons and or Gowns
  • Protective Hoods
  • Protective Masks
  • Protective Booties
  • Protective Gloves
  • Protective Boots

DLA is asking the Industry to:

Identify/recommend specific products available or specific products that could be available in the near term that can meet the requirements of PPE to protect against viral contamination of the COVID-19 virus.

For each recommended item:

  1. Provide a specification or detailed description of the recommended item.
  2. Identify whether the item is specifically certified as PPE for viral infections and how,
  3. Identify the place of manufacture for all components of the recommended item, the place of manufacturing for the end item, and storage locations if applicable,
  4. Identify if the recommended item is Berry Compliant – meaning that the recommended item is manufactured in the USA with USA sourced/manufactured components.
  5. Identify the current level of inventory for each recommended item or the manufacturing lead-time for each recommended item,
  6. Identify total monthly and yearly production capacity of each recommended item,
  7. Identify any production limitations for each recommended item,
  8. Comment on any requirements that may be imposed on potential Government orders for each recommended item (i.e. must have an order in xx amount of time, must have xx amount of time to provide a quote, unable to ship overseas, only willing to ship within the continental USA, etc.)
  9. Suggestions on any contractual management fees for providing DLA access to inventory in the event of a future crisis without any guarantee of any order from DLA,
  10. Identify if your firm is unwilling or unable to provide PPE items along with a reason why.

Please contact Jessica De La Hoz via email for any questions at jessica.delahoz@dla.mil

Initial responses are requested by 5:00 PM, Tuesday, 24 March 2020. However, DLA will accept any and all responses received after this date and time for any ongoing requirements.