Release Date:  December 20, 2000

NOTICE:  AR-01-003


National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
(NIAMS), National Institutes of Health, is seeking an organization to develop
and implement a standard complete reference terminology for terms used in
dermatologic description and diagnosis to facilitate clinical informatics
research in skin disease and patient care education and teaching in
dermatology.  The Contractor will develop and validate a list of terms and
their definitions, convene a panel of outside experts to assist in the
selection and definition of the terms, and create a web-enabled application
which will connect to a searchable, updatable database.  The end result will
be an Internet-based dermatology lexicon that can be accessed for free by the
public/research community.  

It is anticipated that one cost reimbursement contract award will be made for
a period of four years beginning on or about August 1, 2001.  The solicitation
NIH-NIAMS-01-03 will be available electronically on or about fifteen days from
the date of this notice and may be accessed through the Internet at the
following address: 
Proposals will be due on or about February 26, 2001. Offerors are responsible
for downloading their own copy of the solicitation and amendments and for
routinely checking the Internet site for any possible solicitation amendments
that may be issued by the Government.  All responsible sources may submit
proposals which will be considered by the Government.  The North American
Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code for this acquisition is 541990. 
This advertisement does not commit the Government to award a contract.*****

Inquiries may be directed to:

Kelly Mitchell-Baynes
Contract Specialist
Contracts Management Branch, EP
National Institute of Arthritis and 
Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Natcher Building, Room 5AS13A
45 Center Drive, MSC 6500
Bethesda, Maryland  20892-6500
Telephone: 301-594-2543
FAX: 301-480-5996
Email address:

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