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New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) invites not-for-profit organizations or joint ventures led by not-for-profit organizations to submit proposals for new or expanded facilities to support the local commercial life sciences community of early-stage companies, academic researchers, and incubators/accelerators. 

This Life Sciences Innovation Infrastructure RFP seeks to identify projects that require funding for critical facilities and/or equipment to support the commercialization of life sciences R&D activity. Proposals to this RFP can support the development of new technologies across therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics, synthetic biology, biomaterials, biomanufacturing, and bioinformatics. 

A more competitive response will describe a project that accomplishes all, or most, of the following goals: supports R&D activity by constructing new, or expanding existing, facilities and/or equipment to meet a critical unmet need in New York City’s life sciences R&D ecosystem; promotes commercialization of R&D technologies in New York City that could otherwise be commercialized in another city and stimulates measurable economic impact for the City (e.g. jobs, company creation); develops and operates a Project that will reach financial sustainability including through an ongoing pipeline of R&D projects that will leverage the facility and/or equipment; provides programming and services (e.g., technical expertise and educational programs) to maximize the utility and impact of the facility and/or equipment; demonstrates collaboration and accessibility across the ecosystem via formal joint partnerships and/or access to multiple users beyond the consultant; enhances the competitiveness of the City in attracting funding from industry, philanthropy, and/or the federal government; and demonstrates consideration and paths for collaboration with the existing network of life sciences infrastructure supported by the City. 

NYCEDC plans to select a consultant on the basis of factors stated in the RFP  which include, but are not limited to: the level of impact on New York City’s R&D ecosystem in the field or fields of technology that are addressed, the level of economic impact on New York City, and the value proposed in relation to the money requested and financial sustainability of the proposed project. 

It is the policy of NYCEDC to comply with all federal, state and City laws and regulations which prohibit unlawful discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status and other protected category and to take affirmative action in working with contracting parties to ensure certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) share in the economic opportunities generated by NYCEDC’s projects and initiatives. Please refer to the Equal Employment and Affirmative Compliance for Construction Contracts Addendum in the RFP. 

Optional Info Session

An optional informational session will be held virtually on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 3:30P.M. Please register your interest via the following URL on or before Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Passcode provided upon registration. When logging onto the meeting, please be sure to leave adequate time for troubleshooting client-side technical difficulties.

Dial in US: +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592 is also available.


Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications from NYCEDC no later than 5pm on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFP should be directed to  [email protected]. Answers to all questions will be posted on a rolling periodic basis until Wednesday, August 4, 2021, to  Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFP will not be accepted after 5pm on  Wednesday, July 28, 2021, however, technical questions pertaining to downloading and submitting proposals to this RFP may be directed to [email protected] on or before Wednesday, August 18, 2021.  

Submission Guidelines/Deadlines

Detailed submission guidelines and requirements are outlined in the RFP, available as of Wednesday, June 9, 2021. RESPONSES ARE DUE NO LATER THAN Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

Please submit your response via electronic upload by clicking here and uploading your proposal.

When uploading your response, please submit all documents in a single zip file labelled with your company name. Please note that Chrome Browser is the preferred method to upload your electronic responses to the current procurement.


This project has Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (“M/WBE”) participation goals, and all respondents will be required to submit a Contractor Statement on M/WBE Goals with their response. To learn more about NYCEDC’s M/WBE program, visit For the list of companies who have been certified with the New York City Department of Small Business Services as M/WBE, please go to the

NYCEDC established the Contract Financing Loan Fund programs for Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (M/W/DBE) interested in working on public construction projects.   Contract Financing Loan Fund facilitates financing for short-term mobilization needs such as insurance, labor, supplies and equipment. Bidders/subcontractors are strongly encouraged to visit the NYCEDC website at to learn more about the program. 

Vendor Resources

Because NYCEDC’s projects are generally funded with public funding sources, working with NYCEDC on many of our projects requires the completion and submission of certain forms and documents. Click here to register with PASSPort, a database of information of vendors who do business with NYC, learn how to obtain proof of insurance, download Doing Business Accountability project forms, and more. 

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