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ICANN Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

2016 Open RFPs

Request for Proposal: DNS Abuse Study (2 August 16)
RFP Overview [PDF, 244 KB]

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' ("ICANN") New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program has enabled hundreds of new generic top-level domains to enter into the domain name system (DNS) since the first delegations occurred in October 2013.

A number of safeguards were built into the Program that were intended to mitigate rates of abusive, malicious, and criminal activity in these new gTLDs, such as phishing, spam, malware distribution, and botnet command-and-control. ICANN is currently engaged in a review of these safeguards and their effects on rates of DNS abuse, and is seeking a provider to conduct a study examining rates of malicious and abusive behavior in the global DNS.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP published 2 August 2016
Participants to indicate interest and submit any questions to ICANN via the ICANN Sourcing tool 12 August 2016 by 23:59 UTC
ICANN responds to participant questions 19 August 2016
Participant RFP proposals due by 25 August 2016 by 23:59 UTC
Initial evaluation of responses 26 August thru 10 September 2016
Supplier presentations including Q&A via conference call/remote participation with shortlisted candidates 13 thru 16 September 2016
Final evaluations and selection of supplier (includes negotiations, contracting and award)  19 September thru 14 October 2016 
Estimated start of study 17 October 2016

Indications of interest are to be received by 23:59 UTC on 12 August 2016 by emailing DNSAbuse-Study-RFP@icann.org. Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 25 August 2016 using ICANN's sourcing tool, access to which can be requested via the same email address. Submissions should be provided using supplied templates, supplemented by additional information, as necessary.

Opened: 2 August 2016
Deadline: 25 August 2016


2016 Closed RFPs

Content Strategy RFP (14 Apr 16)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) seeks a vendor to create and deliver a content strategy for icann.org. In seeking a comprehensive proposal for these services, ICANN places emphasis on several key components of value including: expertise with similar processes, demonstrated practices, and the ability to work within the guidelines established in this RFP.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP published 14 April 2016
Participant proposals due by (via ICANN sourcing tool) 25 April 2016 by 12:00 noon PST
Target for final evaluations, client reference calls, contracting and award 2-6 May 2016

Opened: 14 April 2016
Deadline: 25 April 2016
Awarded to: Asteroideqa Ventures LLC DBA Formative


LA Copiers RFQ (7 Apr 16)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking a provider to facilitate the purchase or lease of Ricoh multifunction copiers including service agreement for the Los Angeles office. The copiers purchased or leased are intended to replace the current copiers for copy, print, and scanning needs in the Los Angeles office.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP published 7 April 2016
Participant RFQ proposals due (via ICANN sourcing tool) 15 April 2016 by 5:00 PM PST
Target date for selection of vendor 20 April 2016

Opened: 7 April 2016
Deadline: 15 April 2016
Awarded to: Integrus dba Advanced Office


Request for Quotation: Router Refresh (29 February 16)
RFQ [ZIP, 578 KB]

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking one or more providers to facilitate the sourcing for network equipment for our global network infrastructure.

The network equipment is intended to replace or augment existing systems and services provided by the ICANN DNS Engineering Department.

RFQ timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFQ published 29 February 2016
Participants to indicate interest in submitting RFQ 3 of March 2016 by 5:00 PM PST
Participants submit any questions on the RFQ to ICANN (use Excel Q&A template in the RFQ packet) 4 of March 2016 by 5:00 PM PST
ICANN responds to participant questions 8 of March 2016
Participant RFQ proposals due by 14 March 2016 by 5:00 PM PST
Evaluation of responses Week of 14 March 2016
Target date for selection of vendor 21 March 2016

All email correspondence related to this RFQ should be addressed to EquipmentRefresh-RFQ@icann.org

Opened: 29 February 2016
Deadline: 14 March 2016
Awarded to: Fusionstorm


Document Management System RFP (19 Feb 16)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is soliciting proposals from various vendors to find a Document Management System (DMS). The objective of this RFP is to identify, evaluate and select a Document Management System (DMS) that meets the needs of ICANN. The organization requires a tool that can be used by staff in different locations and departments to collaborate, provide standardized workflows as well as provide a centralized document management system. The tool will provide a single platform to share organizational and departmental data.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP published 19 February 2016
Participants submit proposals due by By 2 pm on Friday, 11 March 2016
Target dates for contracting and award April 18 2016 thru April 29 2016

Opened: 19 February 2016
Deadline: 11 March 2016
Awarded to: Alfresco, with partner (reseller) Zia Consulting


Print Services RFP (3 Feb 16)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking one or more providers from licensed independent contractors with demonstrated professional competence and experience to provide Printing and Binding services (including letterhead, envelopes, business cards, other business stationery and various print collateral).

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP published 3 February 2016
Participant Samples of work to be received by ICANN by 17 February 2016 by 5PM PST
Participant RFP proposals emailed to ICANN by 17 February 2016 by 5PM PST
Target date for selection of vendor(s) 9 March 2016

Opened: 3 February 2016
Deadline: 17 February 2016
Awarded to: Dual Graphics and David M. Guerra DBA Phantom Lithography


Request for Proposal: Review of the At-Large Community (5 January 16)
RFP [ZIP, 972 KB]

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking a provider to conduct an independent review of the At-Large Community ("At-Large"), as mandated by ICANN's Bylaws.

The objective of this RFP is to identify an independent reviewer to assess effectiveness of: (1) improvements resulting from recommendations from the previous Review, (2) components of the At-Large Community – ALAC, Regional At-Large Organizations (RALOs) and At-Large Structures (ALSes) in accordance with the ICANN-provided objective and quantifiable criteria. The Review is scheduled to take place from April 2016 through March 2017.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Milestone Date
RFP published 5 January 2016
Participants to indicate interest in submitting RFP proposal 12 January 2016
Participants submit any questions to ICANN (see Excel template in RFP packet) 12 January 2016 by 23:59 UTC
ICANN responds to participant questions 15 January 2016
Participant proposals due by 28 January 2016 by 07:59 UTC
Preliminary evaluation of responses 28 January -12 Feb
Target for participant presentations (finalists) 15-16 February
Target for final evaluations, contracting and award 25 March 2016
Estimated start of Review 1 April 2016
Draft Report for Review Working Party consideration 30 November 2016
Draft Report for Public Comment 20 December 2016
Final Report for discussion with the Review Working Party 28 February 2017
Final Report issued and posted 31 March 2017

All email correspondence related to this RFP should be addressed to AtLargeReview-rfp@icann.org

Opened: 5 January 2016
Deadline: 28 January 2016
Awarded to: Items International


2015 Closed RFPs

Oracle Cloud Implementation Services RFP (14 Dec 15)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is soliciting proposals from Oracle partners for support with implementing Oracle's Cloud ERP and Cloud HCM platforms. This initiative will be a time and materials project. The objective of this RFP is mainly to solicit resource resumes (as defined in the RFP packet) for further evaluation and subsequent selection.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP published 14 December 2015
Participant proposals due By 2 pm on Wed, 30 December 2015
Evaluation / Resource interviews 31 December 2015 thru 8 January 2016
Target dates for contracting and award 16 January 2016 thru 22 January 2016
Target start date of implementation 1 February 2016

Opened: 14 December 2015
Deadline: 30 December 2015
Awarded to: Zensar Technologies, Inc., Infovity Inc., Emtec Consulting Services LLC


Request for Proposal: Study About the Domain Name System (DNS) Industry and Business in Africa (10 December 15)
RFP [ZIP, 509 KB]

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking a provider to conduct a study on the domain name industry in Africa.

The goal of this study is to identify and define the strengths and weaknesses in the industry ecosystem within the region and develop recommendations on how to advance the industry and bring it closer to the opportunities available.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Milestone Date
RFP published 10 December, 2015
Participants submit any questions to ICANN (use Q&A Excel template in RFP packet) 16 December, 2015 by 23:59 UTC
ICANN responds to questions 22 December, 2015
Participants submit complete proposals 4 January, 2016 by 23:59 UTC
Initial evaluation 15 January, 2016
Target dates for participant presentations Week of 18 January, 2016
Target dates for final evaluation, contracting and award Weeks of Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8 2016
Target start date of implementation 15 February, 2016
Vendor delivers first draft of the study 15 April, 2016
ICANN provides feedback on the first draft after seeking feedback from community 6 May, 2016
Vendor delivers the final report of the study 17 June, 2016

All email correspondence related to this RFP should be addressed to AfricaDNSStudy-rfp@icann.org
Opened: 10 December 2015
Deadline: 4 January 2016
Awarded to: South African Communications Forum (SACF)


Request for Proposal for Latin America and Caribbean DNS Marketplace Study (25 September 15)
RFP [ZIP, 407 KB]

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking a provider to conduct a study on the domain name industry in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The goal of this study is to identify and define the strengths and weaknesses in the industry ecosystem within the region, and develop recommendations on how to advance the industry and bring it closer to the opportunities available.

The ICANN's Latin America and the Caribbean Strategic Plan defined four key areas of interest as strategic focus for the region. Two of those, namely Capacity Building and Outreach; and Economic Issues contemplate aspects to further develop the domain name industry.

The study at a minimum will investigate the current state of the Internet and the domain name industry in the region, define best practices that have made an impact in domain name market growth, look at the broader ecosystem of the Internet infrastructure and online services and describe the impact of such elements on the overall evolution of the domain name industry, describe the business potential in the domain name industry in this region, and provide suggestions on how to develop the industry and what business models can be adopted in the entire industry chain. The study will include data, analysis, and recommendations.

The final report of the study is to be delivered no later than 23rd May 2016.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Date
RFP published 25 September 2015
Participants provide an intent to bid email 9 October 2015 by 23:59 UTC
Participants submit any questions to ICANN (use Q&A Excel template in RFP packet) 16 October 2015 by 23:59 UTC
ICANN responds to participants questions by 23 October 2015
Participants submit proposals due by 2 November 2015 by 23:59 UTC
Preliminary evaluation of responses 6 November 2015
Target dates for participant presentations (finalists) Week of 9 November 2015
Target dates for evaluation, contracting and award Weeks of 16 November & 23 November 2015
Target start date of implementation 7 December 2015
Vendor delivers first draft of the study 28 March 2016
ICANN provides feedback on the first draft after seeking feedback from community 18 April 2016
Vendor delivers the final report of the study 23 May 2016

All email correspondence related to this RFP should be addressed to LAC-DNS-Study-RFP@icann.org
Opened: 25 September 2015
Deadline: 2 November 2015
Awarded to: Oxford Information Labs Limited


Request for Proposal for Trademark Clearinghouse Independent Review (7 August 15)
RFP [ZIP, 612 KB]

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking one or more provider(s) to conduct an independent review of the Trademark Clearinghouse to assess the effectiveness of three key areas related to the Clearinghouse in meeting its intended objectives and to identify considerations for future application rounds of the New gTLD Program. The three key areas for examination in this review include: (a) Trademark Clearinghouse Guidelines and Verification Process; (b) Sunrise Period; and (c) Trademark Claims Service. The selected provider(s) will design and execute a study to create a meaningful report of quantitative and qualitative data on the specified areas for examination. The draft Report will be posted for comment and updated based on the feedback received. The final report will be published and provided to the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) for review and consideration. ICANN is seeking one or more qualified providers to manage this complex exercise in a timely and efficient manner.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP published 7 August 2015
Participants to indicate interest in
submitting RFP
14 August 2015, by 23:59 UTC
Participants submit any questions to
ICANN (use template in RFP packet)
17 August 2015, by 23:59 UTC
ICANN responds to participant questions 21 August 2015
Participant RFP proposals due by 28 August 2015, by 23:59 UTC
Preliminary evaluation of responses 4 September 2015
Target for participant presentations (finalists) Week of 14 September 2015
Target for Final evaluations and selection of
vendor (includes negotiations, contracting and award to participant)
28 September 2015
Estimated start of implementation 5 October 2015
Deliver Draft Report to ICANN 18 December 2015
Updated Report delivered based on comments/feedback 19 February 2016

All email correspondence related to this RFP should be addressed to TMCHIndependentReview-RFP@icann.org
Opened: 7 August 2015
Deadline: 28 August 2015
Awarded to: Analysis Group, Inc.


Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) RFP (30 June 15)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") recently issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to select a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP issued to selected firms by ICANN 30 June 2015
Proposals due by 22 July 2015
Selection of firm 30 November 2015


Opened: 30 June 2015
Deadline: 22 July 2015
Awarded to: Oracle America Inc


Procurement Application RFP (30 June 15)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to identify and select a suitable cloud-based end-to-end procurement solution. The end-to-end procurement solution will ideally integrate with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that ICANN is also seeking to implement (a separate RFP).

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP issued to selected firms by ICANN 30 June 2015
Proposals due by 22 July 2015
Selection of firm 30 November 2015


Opened: 30 June 2015
Deadline: 22 July 2015
Awarded to: Oracle America Inc and SciQuest, Inc


Request for Proposal for Reference LGRs for the Second Level (5 June 15)
RFP [ZIP, 974 KB]

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking provider(s) to develop Label Generation Rules (LGRs) for multiple languages (and scripts) for use at the second level, based on a new machine readable formal representation available at https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-davies-idntables.

In the new gTLD program, during Pre-Delegation Testing (PDT) ICANN has noted a large number of IDN table submissions. The IDN tables submitted by the new gTLD registries varied in the repertoire of characters included and the contextual rules. In order to improve consistency of testing and stability of registry operations of new gTLDs, ICANN has approved the development of reference LGRs for the second level for use in Pre-Delegation Testing (PDT) and the Registry Service Evaluation Process (RSEP).These tables will be developed based on authoritative sources, validated by experts and then finalized based on community feedback. Once finalized, these will be published openly by ICANN.

ICANN intends to use these reference LGRs for the second level for internal operations and will make them available for the community.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP released to providers on 5 June, 2015
Participants provide an intent to bid email 12 June 2015 by 23:59 UTC
Participants submit any questions to ICANN (use Excel Q&A template in RFP packet) 12 June 2015 by 23:59 UTC
ICANN responds to participant questions by 19 June 2015
Provider RFP proposals due by 30 June, 2015 by 23:59 UTC
Preliminary evaluation of responses 8 July 2015
Target for participant presentations (finalists) Week of 13 July 2015
Target for Final evaluations and selection of provider (includes contracting and award to participant) Weeks of 20 July & 27 July 2015
Estimated start of implementation 15 August, 2015
Batch 1 Delivery to ICANN 15 November, 2015
Public Comment Report on Batch 1 to ICANN 30 January, 2016
Batch 1 Final Delivery to ICANN 1 March, 2016
Batch 2 Delivery to ICANN 1 February, 2015
Public Comment Report on Batch 2 to ICANN 1 April, 2016
Batch 2 Final Delivery to ICANN 1 May, 2016

All email correspondence related to this RFP should be addressed to ReferenceLGR2ndLevel-RFP@icann.org
Opened: 5 June 2015
Deadline: 30 June 2015
Awarded to: Sheypa LLC


Request for Proposal for Root Stability Study (5 June 15)
RFP [ZIP, 983 KB]

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking one or more providers to conduct a technical study examining the impact of the New gTLD Program (the Program) on the DNS root system. Consistent with its mission supporting the security and stability of the Internet's system of unique identifiers, ICANN will undertake an examination of the Program's impact on the DNS root system. The selected provider(s) will design and execute one or more studies incorporating the collection and analysis of data from root server operators, historical performance data, data gathered from previous studies, and other tools and measures. ICANN is seeking one or more qualified providers to manage this complex exercise in a timely and efficient manner.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP published 5 June 2015
Participants to indicate their intent to bid 12 June 2015 by 23:59 UTC
Participants submit any questions on the RFP to ICANN (use Excel Q&A template in RFP packet) 12 June 2015 by 23:59 UTC
ICANN responds to participant questions 19 June 2015
Participant RFP proposals due by 2 July 2015 by 23:59 UTC
Preliminary evaluation of responses 10 July 2015
Target for participant presentations (finalists) Week of 13 July 2015
Target for final evaluations and selection of vendor (includes Board approval of contract, contracting and award to participant) Weeks 20th and 27th July 2015
Estimated project start date 10 August 2015
Draft Report Due 10 May 2016
Public comment period 1 June thru 11 July 2016
Analysis & incorporation of public comments due 25 July 2016
Final Report 25 April 2017

All email correspondence related to this RFP should be addressed to RootStabilityStudy-RFP@icann.org
Opened: 5 June 2015
Deadline: 2 July 2015
Awarded to: Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)


Singapore Office Fit Out RFP (19 May 15)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") recently issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to select a contractor to fit out the interior of South Beach Tower (SBT), Level 3, Unit 11 (#03-11).

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP issued to selected firms by ICANN 19 May 2015
Proposals due by 29 May 2015 by 1800h (SGT)
Selection of firm and estimated start of Design & Development Phase 11 June 2015
ICANN Official move in 1 October 2015

Opened: 19 May 2015
Deadline: 29 May 2015
Awarded to: ID21 Pte Ltd


Meetings Microphone Request for Quotation (RFQ) (14 May 15)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") recently issued an RFQ to select one or more providers for a bulk microphone purchase for our global tri-annual ICANN meeting conferences. These new microphone systems are intended to be used throughout the world and keep our community participants using the same high quality system anywhere in the world.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP issued to selected firms by ICANN 14 May 2015
Proposals due by 22 May 2015 by 23:59 UTC
Target date for selection of vendor 8 June 2015

Opened: 14 May 2015
Deadline: 22 May 2015
Awarded to: Congress Rental


KMF Security System Upgrade RFQ (8 May 15)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") recently issued a Request for Quotation (RFQ) to select a qualified vendor to provide consultation and installation services to upgrade its security systems including Access Control System ("ACS"), Video Surveillance System ("VSS") and Intrusion Detection System ("IDS") on two of its identical remote facilities; One in El Segundo, CA and the other in Culpeper, VA.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP issued to selected firms by ICANN 8 May 2015
Proposals due by 26 May 2015 by 23:59 UTC
Estimated start date for implementation 15 June 2015

Opened: 8 May 2015
Deadline: 26 May 2015
Awarded to: Ollivier Corporation


Request for Quotation for Equipment Refresh (10 Apr 15)
RFQ [ZIP, 598 KB]

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is issuing a Request for Quotation (RFQ) to select one or more providers to facilitate the sourcing and pre-configuration tasks for servers and network equipment for our global network infrastructure. The new servers and network equipment is intended to replace or augment existing systems and services provided by the ICANN DNS Engineering Department.

RFQ timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP published 10 April 2015
Participants to indicate interest in submitting RFQ 15 April 2015 by 23:59 UTC
Participants submit any questions to ICANN (use Q&A Excel template in RFQ packet) 16 April 2015 by 23:59 UTC
ICANN responds to participant questions 20 April 2015
Participant RFQ proposals due by 24 April 2015 by 23:59 UTC
Evaluation of responses Week of April 27th
Target date for selection of vendor 4 May 2015
Estimated start of implementation 5 May 2015

All email correspondence related to this RFQ should be addressed to EquipmentRefresh-RFQ@icann.org
Opened: 10 April 2015
Deadline: 24 April 2015
Awarded to: ePlus Technologies Inc.


Intranet Portal Application RFP (4 April 15)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") recently issued a RFP to select a vendor solution for an intranet portal application. The vendor will share responsibility for the technical aspects of the Intranet, CMS, and related hosting. The scope of services include providing all software, cloud infrastructure, and services required to implement, support, and host the solution.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP issued to selected firms by ICANN 4 April 2015
Proposals due by 20 April 2015 by 23:59 UTC
Estimated start date for implementation 18 May 2015

Opened: 4 April 2015
Deadline: 20 April 2015
Awarded to: Jive Software Inc


Insurance Brokerage RFP (31 March 15)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") recently issued a RFP to select a vendor to provide ICANN with insurance related services such as: casualty, professional indemnity and other risk management related insurance options.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP issued to selected firms by ICANN 31 March 2015
Proposals due by 19 April 2015 by 23:59 UTC
Estimated start date for implementation 1 September 2015

Opened: 31 March 2015
Deadline: 19 April 2015
Awarded to: Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance Brokers of California, Inc.


Request for Proposal for LGR Toolset (19 Mar 15)
RFP [ZIP, 994 KB]

By issuing this Request for Proposal ("RFP"), the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking a provider to develop a LGR (Label Generation Rulesets) Toolset. In seeking a comprehensive proposal for this service, ICANN is placing maximum emphasis on several key components of value including expertise with similar processes, demonstrated practices, and the ability to work within the guidelines established in this RFP.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP published 19 March 2015
Participants provide intent to bid by 25 March 2015 by 23:59 UTC
Participants submit any questions to ICANN
(use Q&A Excel template in RFP packet)
25 March 2015 by 23:59 UTC
ICANN responds to questions by 31 March 2015
Participant RFP proposals due by 8 April 2015 by 23:59 UTC
Preliminary evaluation of responses Week of April 6th
Target for participant presentations Week of April 13th
Target for Final evaluations and selection of Provider (includes contracting and award to participant) Weeks of April 20th & 27th
Estimated start of implementation 5 May 2015

All email correspondence related to this RFP should be addressed to LGRToolset-rfp@icann.org
Opened: 19 March 2015
Deadline: 8 April 2015
Awarded to: Viagenie


Request for Proposal for Middle East DNS Study (16 Mar 15)
RFP [ZIP, 409 KB]

By issuing this Request for Proposal ("RFP"), the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is requesting your best offer to conduct a study on the domain name industry in the Middle East and Adjoining Countries ("MEAC Region"). In seeking a comprehensive proposal for these services, ICANN is placing maximum emphasis on several key components of value including expertise with similar processes, demonstrated practices, and the ability to work within the guidelines established in this RFP.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP published 16 March 2015
Participants submit any questions to ICANN (use Q&A Excel template in RFP packet) 23 March 2015 by 23:59 UTC
ICANN responds to questions 30 March 2015
Participants submit complete proposals 13 April 2015 by 23:59 UTC
Target dates for participant presentations 27 – 30 April 2015
Target dates for evaluation, contracting and award 1 - 22 May 2015
Target start date of implementation 28 May 2015
Vendor delivers first draft of the study 14 August 2015
ICANN provides feedback on the first draft after seeking feedback from community 4 September 2015
Vendor delivers the final report of the study 9 October 2015

All email correspondence related to this RFP should be addressed to MEDNSStudy-rfp@icann.org
Opened: 16 March 2015
Deadline: 13 April 2015
Awarded to: European Registry for Internet Domains


2014 Closed RFPs

Request for Proposal for Web Accessibility Assessment for ICANN.org (23 Dec 14)
RFP [ZIP, 741 KB]

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking one or more providers to conduct an assessment of website accessibility including ICANN.org and possibly the related subsidiary websites. The selected provider(s) will provide an initial assessment of ICANN's websites for meeting internationally recognized W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) v2.0 Level AA and include an identification of tools, best practices, processes, and strategy for implementation.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP published 23 December 2014
Participants to indicate interest in submitting RFP 9 January 2015
Participants submit any questions to ICANN 12 January 2015 by 23:59 UTC
ICANN responds to participant questions 16 January 2015
Participant RFP proposals due by 20 January 2015 by 23:59 UTC
Target date for selection of vendor 7 February 2015
Target start date for implementation 21 February 2015
Complete Assessment (Draft, Final) – Target 31 March 2015 – 30 April 2015

All email correspondence related to this RFP should be addressed to webaccessibility-rfp@icann.org
Opened: 23 December 2014
Deadline: 20 January 2015
Awarded to: Simply Accessible Inc


Request for Proposal for Performance of Secretariat Function for the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (9 Sept 14)
RFP [ZIP, 606 KB]

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) is seeking one or more providers, through ICANN's RFP process, to perform its secretariat function.

Established in response to the announcement by the U.S. National Telecommunication and Information Administration Department (NTIA) of its intent to transition key internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community, the ICG is comprised of representatives from different stakeholder groups to coordinate and deliver a single transition proposal.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP published 9 September 2014
Participants to indicate Expression of Interest (EoI) 12 September 2014 by 23:59 UTC
[This date has been revised from an
earlier announced date of 7 September 2014]
Participants submit any questions to ICG
(use Participant Q&A template in RFP packet)
13 September 2014, by 23:59 UTC
ICG responds to participant questions 20 September 2014
Participant RFP proposals due by 23 September 2014, by 23:59 UTC
Preliminary evaluation of responses 24 thru 27 September 2014
Final participant presentations and reference calls 27 September thru 4 October 2014
Contracting and award to contractor 6 thru 10 October 2014
Target start date in the role 15 October 2014 at ICANN 51 meeting in Los Angeles

All email correspondence related to this RFP should be addressed to SecretariatForICG-rfp@icann.org.

Opened: 9 September 2014
Deadline: 23 September 2014
Awarded to: Internet Society Singapore Chapter


Request for Proposal for Economic Study (8 Sept 14)
RFP [ZIP, 799 KB]

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking one or more providers to conduct an economic study examining pricing trends and other competition indicators in the global domain name system (DNS) market. The selected provider(s) will design and execute an initial study to create a meaningful baseline of data on multiple factors of competition and will perform a follow-on study one year later, to generate and analyze a set of comparison data.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP published 8 September 2014
Participants to indicate interest in responding to RFP 15 September 2014, by 23:59 UTC
Participants submit any questions to ICANN
(use Participant Q&A template in RFP packet)
15 September 2014, by 23:59 UTC
ICANN responds to participant questions 22 September 2014
Participant RFP proposals due by 29 September 2014, by 23:59 UTC
Preliminary evaluation of responses 6 October 2014
Target date for participant presentations (finalists) Week of 20 October 2014
Target for Final evaluations and selection of vendor
(includes Board approval of contract, contracting and award)
27 October 2014
Estimated start of implementation 10 November 2014
Draft Baseline Report 15 December 2014
Final Baseline Report 22 December 2014
Begin Second-round survey – Target date 2 November 2015
Draft Report 2 – Target date 7 December 2015
Final Report – Target date 29 January 2016

All email correspondence related to this RFP should be addressed to economicstudy-rfp@icann.org.

Opened: 8 September 2014
Deadline: 29 September 2014
Awarded to: Analysis Group, Inc.


Office Supplies RFP (3 Sep 14)

ICANN recently issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to select one or more providers to provide Office Supplies to ICANN offices.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP issued to selected firms by ICANN 3 September 2014
Proposals due by 22 September 2014
Selection of firm and estimated start of implementation by 17 November 2014

Opened: 3 September 2014
Deadline: 22 September 2014
Awarded to: Office Depot


IT Services Outsourcing RFP (11 Aug 14)

ICANN recently issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to identify one or more providers to provide outsourced development and testing resources for the Information Technology department.

The specific technical areas are the following:

  • Web development

  • Web content management

  • Salesforce.com/Force.com (SFDC) development

  • Quality testing of applications, both web and SFDC. Testing is both automatic & manual.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP issued to selected firms by ICANN 11 August 2014
Proposals due by 2 September 2014
Selection of firm and estimated start of implementation by 3 November 2014

Opened: 11 August 2014
Deadline: 2 September 2014
Awarded to: Zensar Technologies, Inc.


Request for Proposal for Global Consumer Survey (16 July 14)
RFP [ZIP, 1.08 MB]

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking one or more providers to conduct a global survey assessing aspects of consumer trust and perceived consumer choice and the Internet domain name system (DNS). The selected provider(s) will design and execute an initial survey to create a meaningful baseline of data on consumer attitudes and will perform a follow-on survey one year later, to generate a set of comparison data.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP published 16 July 2014
Participants to indicate interest in responding to RFP 22 July 2014
Participants submit any questions to ICANN 23 July 2014 by 23:59 UTC
ICANN responds to participant questions 29 July 2014
Participant RFP proposals due by 6 August 2014 by 23:59 UTC
Preliminary evaluation of responses 20 August 2014
Target date for participant presentations (finalists) Week of 2 September 2014
Target date for selection of vendor 10 September 2014
Target start date for implementation 24 September 2014
Draft Baseline Report – Target 10 November 2014
Final Baseline Report – Target 1 December 2014
Begin Second-round survey – Target One year after baseline survey is launched.

All email correspondence related to this RFP should be addressed to globalconsumersurvey-rfp@icann.org.

Opened: 16 July 2014
Deadline: 6 August 2014
Awarded to: Nielsen Consumer Insights NA (fka Harris Interactive)


IANA Customer Satisfaction Survey RFP (23 Jun 14)

ICANN recently issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to identify one or more provider(s) to execute the 2014 customer survey for customers of the IANA functions.

RFP timeline at a glance:

RFP issued to selected firms by ICANN 23 June 2014
Proposals due by 7 July 2014
Selection of firm and estimated start of implementation by 16 August 2014

Opened: 23 June 2014
Deadline: 7 July 2014
Awarded to: Ebiquity


Request for Proposal for the WHOIS Online Accuracy Reporting System (16 May 14)
RFP [ZIP, 2.1 MB]

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking one or more providers to assist ICANN in the development, operation, and maintenance of the WHOIS Online Accuracy Reporting System.

The objective of this RFP is to identify vendors to provide services, software or data to support ICANN's development of the WHOIS Online Accuracy Reporting System, to provide the following:

  • WHOIS Parser
  • Global Validation and Verification of Contact Data
  • Statistical Study Design and Delivery of Reports
  • Visual Communication Services

Key Dates:

  • Participants to provide intent to respond to RFP by emailing whois-rfp@icann.org by 23:59 UTC on 21 May 2014
  • Participant RFP proposals for Lots A, E, F and G due by: 6 June 23:59 UTC
  • Participant RFP proposals for Lots B, C and D due by: 27 June 23:59 UTC
  • Target for evaluation and vendor presentations: Mid June
  • Target for contract finalization (includes contracting and award to participant): July
  • Target for Project Kick-off Meeting in ICANN's Los Angeles Offices: July 15

Opened: 16 May 2014
Deadline: 6 June 2014 for Lots: A,E,F,G. 27 June 2014 for Lots: B,C,D.
Awarded to: Whibse, StrikeIron, Inc, Digicert, Inc., Universal Postal Union, and NORC at the University of Chicago


Request for Proposal for Review of Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) (22 Apr 14)
RFP [ZIP, 672 KB]

Dates:

  • Participants to indicate interest in submitting RFP – 30 April
  • Proposals due – 13 May
  • Participants presentations (finalists) – May 19-23
  • Final evaluation and selection – 10 June

Opened: 22 April 2014
Deadline: 13 May 2014
Awarded to: Westlake Consulting Limited


Information Security Assessment RFP (23 Apr 14)

ICANN recently issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to identify one or more provider to perform a comprehensive assessment of its corporate information security controls, processes, policies and systems.

RFP timeline at a glance:

RFP issued to selected firms by ICANN 23 April 2014
Proposals due by 2 May 2014
Selection of firm and estimated start of implementation by 28 May 2014

Opened: 23 April 2014
Deadline: 2 May 2014
Awarded to: Leidos, Inc.


Letter of Credit Management RFP (14 Mar 14)

ICANN recently issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to identify one or more financial institutions to manage Letters of Credits that were submitted to ICANN by entities applying to operate a new generic top-level domain (gTLD).

RFP timeline at a glance:

RFP issued to select firms by ICANN 14 March 2014
Proposals due by 4 April 2014
Selection of firm and estimated start of implementation by 2 June 2014

Opened: 14 March 2014
Deadline: 4 April 2014
Awarded to: Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Annual Independent Audit RFP (18 Mar 14)
RFP [PDF, 548 KB]
Opened: 18 March 2014
Deadline: 2 April 2014
Awarded to: BDO USA, LLP


2013 Closed RFPs

Name Collision Occurrence Mitigation Framework RFP (17 Oct 13)

ICANN issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to select provider(s) to develop the Name Collision Occurrence Assessment Framework described in section 3.1 of the Plan for New gTLD Collision Occurrence Management.

Opened: 17 October 2013
Deadline: 6 November 2013


Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedures for New gTLDs: ICANN Seeks Service Providers for Registry Restriction DRP and Trademark PDDRP (30 Apr 13)
RFP – RRDRP [PDF, 157 KB]
RFP – TM PDDRP [PDF, 158 KB]
Opened: 30 April 2013
Deadline: 31 May 2013


2012 Closed RFPs & EOIs

Uniform Rapid Suspension System for New gTLDs: ICANN Seeks Service Providers for Uniform Rapid Suspension (24 Sep 12)
RFI [PDF, 112 KB]
Opened: 24 September 2012
Deadline: 20 November 2012


Pre-Delegation Testing Provider for New gTLDs – Request for Proposals (30 Oct 12)
RFP [PDF, 361 KB]
Opened: 30 October 2012
Deadline: 20 November 2012


Request for Proposal for Registrar and Registry Contractual Compliance Audit Services (13 Jun 12)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to identify a provider to provide contractual compliance audit services that will ensure a successful examination of the Registrar Audit Plan and Registry Audit Plan. This was a private (closed) RFP since the specific skillset and capabilities required for this service was found in only five potential vendors in the marketplace during a pre-selection process.

RFP timeline at a glance:

RFP released to Vendors 13 June 2012
Deadline for Vendor RFP questions to ICANN 29 June 2012
ICANN Response to Vendor Questions 13 July 2012
Proposal Delivery deadline 27 July 2012
ICANN Proposal questions to Vendors 17 August 2012
Responses to ICANN questions Due 31 August 2012
ICANN RFP Review and evaluation, vendor presentations and selection of finalist proposals 28 September 2012
Anticipated Vendor selection announcement 8 October 2012
Anticipated project start 5 November 2012

Opened: 13 June 2012
Deadline: 27 July 2012


Open-Source Reference Implementation of a Domain Name RESTful Whois Server - Request for Proposals (16 May 12)
RFP [PDF, 183 KB]
Opened: 16 May 2012
Deadline: 15 June 2012

ICANN Seeks Evaluators for the Support Applicant Review Panel (SARP) - Request for Expressions of Interest (EOI) (3 Feb 12)
EOI [PDF, 172 KB]
العربية [PDF, 94 كيلو بايت]
中文 [PDF, 211 KB]
Français [PDF, 126 KB]
Español [PDF, 143 KB]
Русский [PDF, 181 KB]
Opened: 3 February 2012
Deadline: 31 March 2012


2011 Closed RFPs

Safe and Secure New gTLDs: ICANN Seeks Back-up Registry Operators (Emergency Back-End Registry Operators or "EBEROs") (14 Sept 11)
RFI [PDF, 660 KB]
RFI Q&A [PDF, 411 KB]
Issued: 14 September 2011
Deadline: 30 November 2011 Extended to 5 December 2011

Protecting Trademark Rights for New gTLDs: ICANN Seeks Service Providers for Trademark Clearinghouse Operation
RFI [PDF, 243 KB]
Trademark Clearinghouse RFI Questions and Answers (10 Nov 2011)
RFI Q&A [PDF, 530 KB]
Additional RFI Q&A [PDF, 62 KB]
Opened: 3 October 2011
Deadline: 25 November 2011 Extended to 28 November 2011

Safe, Stable and Secure New gTLDs: ICANN Seeks Global Background Screening Services Provider (30 Aug 11)
RFP [PDF, 286 KB]
Background Screening RFP Question and Answers (22 Sept)
RFP Q&A [PDF, 129 KB]
Issued: 30 August 2011
Deadline: 04 October 2011

Contact Center Services Provider
RFP [PDF, 1.15 MB]
Issued: 10 June 2011
Deadline: 15 July 2011

WHOIS Consumer Trust Research
Issued: 10 July 2011
Deadline: 25 July 2011

New gTLD Global Awareness Campaign
RFP [PDF, 633 KB]
Issued: 5 July 2011
Deadline: 18 July 2011

Contact Center Platform Solution Provider
RFP [PDF, 1.15 MB]
Issued: 10 June 2011
Deadline: 15 July 2011


2010 Closed RFPs

Independent Researchers to Respond to Request for Proposal on WHOIS Privacy and Proxy Abuse Study
Issued: 18 May 2010
Deadline: 20 July 2010

AoC Accountability and Transparency Review: Independent Expert
RFP [PDF, 46 KB]
Issued: 2 June 2010
Deadline: 12 June 2010

WHOIS Proxy/Privacy Relay and Reveal Studies
Issued: 29 September 2010
Deadline: 30 November 2010

DNS Operations/L-root Contingency Exercise Consultant
RFP [PDF, 358 KB]
Issued: 11 October 2010
Deadline: 5 November 2010


2009 Closed RFPs

Host Sought for 2010 Europe Meeting

Host Sought for 2010 Latin America Meeting

New gTLDs: Call for Applicant Evaluation Panel Expressions of Interest

Deadline for Independent Evaluator Applications Extended

New gTLD Program: Update on Independent Evaluators Search

August 2009: Review of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)
RFP [PDF, 169 KB]

WHOIS Misuse Studies

Costs and Feasibility to Conduct WHOIS Registrant Identification Studies


2008 Closed RFPs

ICANN Calls for Expressions of Interest to Host 2009 Meeting

Independent Evaluator for the ICANN Board of Directors
Related announcement: http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-21apr08-en.htm

July 2008: Independent Evaluator for the ICANN Root Server Stability Advisory Committee
RFP
Related announcement: http://www.icann.org/en/groups/reviews/rssac/rfp-tor-request-11jul08-en.htm

Independent Review of SSAC Posted
RFP [PDF, 147 KB]

European Hosts Sought for October 2009 Meeting


2007 Closed RFPs

Independent Evaluator for Nominating Committee Review, and Final Terms of Reference for This Review

Registrar Data Escrow
RFP [PDF, 82 KB]
Related announcements: http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-2-01jun07-en.htm

ICANN Calls for Proposals to Host 2008 Meetings

Independent Evaluator for At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) [PDF, 21 KB]


2006 Closed RFPs

Host an ICANN Meeting

ICANN Calls for Proposals to Host 2007 Meetings

Independent Evaluator for GNSO Review


2004 Closed RFPs

.NET RFP
http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-15dec04-en.htm
http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-01dec04-en.htm
http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-17dec04-en.htm
http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-3-12nov04-en.htm

Call for Proposals to Host 2004 ICANN Meetings

ICANN Calls for Proposals to Host Meetings in 2005 and 2006

Sponsored Top Level Domain Names


2003 Closed RFPs

Establishment of new sTLDs

Call for Proposals to Host 2003 ICANN Meetings

Sponsored Top Level Domain Names


2002 Closed RFPs

.org Reassignment
Related announcements: .org Reassignment: Draft Request for Proposals


2001 Closed RFPs

ICANN Meetings in Year 2001

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as""icann.org"" is not an IDN."