NIH GUIDE, Volume 22, Number 6, February 12, 1993


P.T. 34


  Prosthetic Device, Hearing 

  Bioelectric Phenomena 

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

The National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

(NIDCD), NIH, has a requirement for the design, development,

fabrication, and evaluation in animals of a percutaneous connector

system for transferring electrical signals through the skin.  There

is a need for a reliable and effective high-contact-density

percutaneous connector system for transferring multichannel signals

and power through the skin.  Under this project, this system will

initially be used in animal experiments related to the development of

auditory prostheses.  An ultimate goal of this program is for the

development of a new percutaneous connector system that can be

utilized in neural prostheses, such as auditory prostheses, which are

implanted in the human cochlea and in the human cochlear nucleus as

well as visual prostheses for blind individuals.  Such a percutaneous

connector system should permit direct connections between artificial

sensors and signal processors located outside the body and electrode

arrays implanted in close proximity to sensory neurons.  A single

award is anticipated with the performance period not to exceed three

years.  The contractor will be required to come to Bethesda yearly to

present progress reports at the Neural Prosthesis Workshop sponsored

by the Neural Prosthesis Program.

Prospective offerors should have established expertise in

biomaterials, bioengineering, and miniature electrical connector


This is not a Request for Proposals (RFP).  RFP No. NIH-NIDCD-93-50

will be issued on or about February 16, 1993, with April 16, 1993 set

as a tentative closing date for receipt of proposals.


To receive a copy of the RFP, submit a written request to the

following address and supply two self-addressed mailing labels:

Contracts Management Branch, DEA

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Federal Building, Room 901

7550 Wisconsin Avenue

Bethesda, MD  20892

Reference:  RFP No. NIH-NIDCD-93-50

This announcement does not commit the NIDCD to make an award.  All

responsible sources may submit a proposal that will be considered by

the government.


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