NIH GUIDE, Volume 21, Number 12, March 27, 1992

P.T. 16


  Information Science/Systems 


National Institutes of Health

The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts can be obtained electronically

by the extramural community in two ways:

o  Electronic Networks to Institutional Hubs (E-Guide)

o  NIH Grant Line, an Electronic Bulletin Board

The advantage of both of these methods is that announcements are

available to the extramural community immediately upon publication,

without the delay due to mailing the print version.  In addition, the

full length version of each Request for Applications (RFA) may be

obtained from both of the electronic means of dissemination.  Use of

these means is encouraged.


Institutional subscriptions to the E-Guide, which includes the NIH

Guide, the full text of RFAs, indices, and directories, are available

upon request.  The subscriber, usually located in the Office of

Sponsored Research or equivalent, receives the E-Guide via an

electronic network (BITNET or INTERNET) once per week, concomitant with

the publication of the print version of the NIH Guide.  From the point

of receipt, the E-Guide may be forwarded in print or electronically, at

the discretion of the recipient, to researchers and administrators at

that institution.

To express interest in serving as an Institutional Hub, send an E-mail

message that includes the name of the designated person, the E-mail

address, title, and location of that person, and the estimated number

of individuals to whom the E-Guide will be distributed locally.  Send

the request to Ms. Rebecca Duvall, Program Analyst for the NIH Guide,




The purpose of NIH Grant Line (known also as DRGLINE) is to make

program and policy information of the Public Health Service (PHS)

agencies rapidly available to the biomedical research community.  Most

of the information available on this bulletin board is derived from the

weekly publication, the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, and

consists of Notices, Notices of Availability of RFAs and Requests for

Proposals, Program Announcements, and statements of PHS policy.

The information to be found on the NIH GRANT LINE is grouped into three

main sections:  (1) short News Flashes that appear without any

prompting shortly after logon, (2) Bulletins that are for reading, and

(3) Files that

are intended mainly for downloading.

The Files section is grouped into ten Directories as follows:

Name     Entries    Description

GENINFO        2   General NIH info, acronyms, receipt dates

GUIDENDX      10   Various indexes to NIH Guide and RFA schedule

GUIDE90       26   Weekly issues of NIH Guide for 1990

GUIDE91       49   NIH Guide, 1991, New Electronic Format

GUIDE92        7   E-GUIDE, 1992, Weekly Electronic Editions

PROGUIDE      13   NIH program announcements and guidelines

RFAS90        42   Full text of 1990 RFAS available electronically

RFAS91       150   Full Text of 1991 RFAs available electronically

RFAS92        15   Full Text of 1992 RFAs available electronically

TELDIR         2   NIH telephone directory, for extramural use

Directories whose names are of the form GUIDEyy (where yy is the year)

contain the weekly issues of the NIH Guide for that year.  Directories

whose names are of the form RFASyy contain the full text of RFAs

distributed during that year.  Program announcements and guidelines are

found in both GUIDEyy and PROGUIDE, but the ones in PROGUIDE are

usually applicable to all of NIH, are often grant mechanism oriented,

and will be effective for longer periods of time than those in GUIDEyy.

Newly announced programs would first appear in the GUIDEyy directories.

To access the NIH GRANT LINE:

1.  Configure the terminal emulator as:  1200 or 2400 baud, even

parity, 7 data bits, 1 stop bit, Local Echo on.

2.  Using the procedure specified in the communication software, dial

1-301-492-2221.  When you get a response indicating that you have been

connected, type ",GEN1" (don't type the quotes) and press ENTER; you

will be prompted for "INITIALS?".  Type BB5 and press ENTER.  You will

then be prompted for "ACCOUNT?".  Type CCS2 and press ENTER.

Messages and a menu will be displayed that will allow you to read

Bulletins or download Files.  On the NIH GRANT LINE, back issues of the

NIH Guide are found in two different directories.  GUIDE90 has issues

going back to July 6, 1990; GUIDE91 has all of the issues in 1991; and

GUIDE92 has all of the issues to date in 1992.

The Q (Quit) command returns the user to the Main menu.  From there the

F (Files) command is used to enter the file processing facility of the

bulletin board.  Use the D (Directory) command to see general

descriptions of the various Directories.  Selection of a given

Directory, (GUIDENDX for example), will display the names and

descriptions of files.

The T (Transfer) command downloads the selected file.  After the file

has been named and ENTER pressed, one of the downloading options may be

selected.  To download the file to a personal computer, Option 1 should

be selected to obtain instructions in the preparation for downloading.

Although the access to NIH GRANT LINE is through a modem, users who

have a Bitnet or Internet address may use Option 2 to mail a file

instead of downloading it through the modem.  Mailing files can greatly

reduce the length of the online interactive session and long distance

telephone charges.  When a file to be "downloaded" has been selected,

chose option 2 to transmit via a network and then respond with the

desired E-mail address.


Additional information about subscribing as an Institutional Hub may be

obtained from:

Ms. Rebecca Duvall

Institutional Affairs Office

National Institutes of Health

9000 Rockville Pike

Building 31, Room 5B31

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-5366

Additional information about the NIH GRANT LINE may be obtained from:

Dr. John James

Division of Research Grants

National Institutes of Health

Westwood Building, Room 109

Telephone:  (301) 496-7554


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