Pipelines on GovTribe contain Pursuits, and each Pursuit represents an individual opportunity at some stage of the review, response, or bid process. 

Pursuits can be linked to one or more government records that you can find on GovTribe - records being Federal Opportunities or Federal Awards. In this article, we will discuss how and why to link an opportunity or award to an existing Pursuit.

This short video demonstrates and discusses linking an Opportunity or an Award to an existing Pursuit. A written walkthrough with screenshots is also included below.

Linking an Opportunity to an Existing Pursuit

It is often helpful or desirable to link an Opportunity to an existing Pursuit in one of your Pipelines. There are a couple of reasons you may need or want to do this:

  1. You have an existing Pursuit that is a re-compete opportunity - originally created from an Award - and the new solicitation was just released. Now you wish to link the recently released Opportunity to the existing Pursuit. 
  2. You have an existing Pursuit that was originally created from an Opportunity in the Pre-solicitation stage. The government has now released a the Solicitation, but it came out as a separate notice under a new solicitation number. So you need to also link the new Opportunity record to the existing Pursuit. (The end result will be that two Opportunities are linked to the same Pursuit.)

In either case, to link an Opportunity to a Pursuit, you begin by finding the Opportunity that you would like to link on either the Federal Contract Opportunity search page or the Federal Grant Opportunity search page.

On each Opportunity, there is a Link Pursuit button in the upper right corner. When you click that button you are presented with a list of all your Pursuits. Begin typing the name of the pursuit to find the one you want to link to. 

Click the Pursuit to select it.

(Note that the Link Pursuit button also appears in the lower right corner of each Opportunity on in the search results view of the Opportunity search page.)

After selecting a Pursuit, you will be presented with a pop-up modal displaying a list of properties that you can choose to overwrite on your Pursuit, based on the information contained in the Opportunity you are linking. Click Overwrite on any property you wish to replace with the new information. You can also select Merge if a given property allows for multiple values in it. (If Merge is not allowed it will be grayed out.)

After you click OK, the Activity Feed on the Pursuit will update to show you the changes.

You will see the link from the Pursuit to the Opportunity in the Opportunities tab of the Pursuit.

The relationship between the Opportunity and the Pursuit is also displayed on the Opportunity page itself. There will be a badge under the title of the Opportunity that shows the number of Pursuits to which the Opportunity is linked. You can click on that to view the Pursuit(s).

Linking an Award to an Existing Pursuit

It is often helpful or desirable to link an Award to an existing Pursuit in one of your Pipelines. The most common circumstance for this is if you have a Pursuit that is a follow-on requirement to, or a re-compete of, an existing contract (or grant). 

More specifically, it is very common to have a a Pursuit that was created from an Opportunity, but for which there also exists an incumbent contract. In this situation, it is useful to link that incumbent award to your existing Pursuit. It provides context for your current bid efforts, and it improves the fidelity of the Likely Bidders projections. 

(Learn more about researching incumbent contracts. Learn more about the Likely Bidders tab on your Pursuits.)

To link an Award to a Pursuit, you begin by finding the Award that you would like to link. These would be items you would find via one of the following search pages:

On each Award page, there is a Link Pursuit button in the upper right corner. When you click that button you are presented with a list of all your Pursuits. Begin typing the name of the pursuit to find the one you want to link to. 

Click the Pursuit to select it.

(Note that the Link Pursuit button also appears in the lower right corner of each Award on in the search results view of any of the Award search pages listed above.)

After selecting a Pursuit, you will be presented with a pop-up modal displaying a list of properties that you can choose to overwrite on your Pursuit, based on the information contained in the Award you are linking. Click Overwrite on any property you wish to replace with the new information. You can also select Merge if a given property allows for multiple values in it. (If Merge is not allowed it will be grayed out.)

After you click OK, the Activity Feed on the Pursuit will update to show you the changes.

You will see the link from the Pursuit to the Award in the Recompetes tab of the Pursuit.

The relationship between the Award and the Pursuit is also displayed on the Award page itself. There will be a badge under the title or the Award contract or grant number that shows the number of Pursuits to which the Award is linked. You can click on that to view the Pursuit(s).

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