NIH GUIDE, Volume 24, Number 23, June 23, 1995

P.T. 34


  Grants Administration/Policy+ 

National Institutes of Health

The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is published in one printed

and several electronic editions.  One copy of the printed edition,

which includes notices regarding NIH policy and notices of the

availability of Program Announcements, Requests for Applications, and

Requests for Proposals is provided to the office of sponsored

research or equivalent of any interested organization.  The

electronic editions and procedures for obtaining them are provided


NOTE:  The address for subscribing to the full text LIST has been

changed, effective June 23.  Current subscriptions (subscribed to on or LISTSERV@JHUVM) will be transferred

automatically to the new server ( or

LISTSERV@NIHLIST), but subscribers should note the new address for

future reference.


The NIHGDE-L is the electronic version of the full text of the NIH

Guide for Grants and Contracts.  Individual subscriptions are

available.  Subscribing and unsubscribing to/from a LIST is done via

email.  To subscribe to the LIST, send mail to

or LISTSERV@NIHLIST.  The text of the mail should read ONLY:

SUBSCRIBE NIHGDE-L First-name Last-name

The First & Last names should be in upper & lower case; e.g.:


This will subscribe the email address from which the mail was sent.

To subscribe an address from which mail cannot be sent (e.g., an

internal distribution list), send mail to

To remove an address from this LIST, send mail to or LISTSERV@NIHLIST from that address.  The

text of the mail should read ONLY:



The NIHTOC-L list contains only the Table of Contents of each issue

of the  NIH Guide.  The full text version of any notice, program

announcement (PA), or request for applications (RFA) must be obtained

through other means such as the NIH GOPHER, the NIH Grant Line

Bulletin Board, or via ftp.  To subscribe to the NIHTOC-L, send mail

to  The text of the mail should read ONLY:

SUBSCRIBE NIHTOC-L First-name Last-name

To unsubscribe, the command is:


Each issue of the TOC contains the URL that may be used via Gopher to

access that issue of the E-Guide and/or the full text of a Program

Announcement or Request for Applications on the NIH Gopher server.

(see also item 4., below)


The NIH Grant Line includes information about NIH extramural

programs, including the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. Files can

be emailed or downloaded via the modem and communications software.

To access the NIH Grant Line, the terminal emulator must be

configured as follows:

1200 or 2400 baud, even parity, 7 data bits, 1 stop bit, half duplex.

Using the procedure specified in the communication software, dial

1-301-402-2221.  When a response indicates that a connection has been

made, type  ,GEN1  (the comma is mandatory) and press ENTER; the NIH

system will prompt for INITIALS?.  Type BB5  and press ENTER.  A

prompt will ask for ACCOUNT?  Type  CCS2 and press ENTER.

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

Bulletins and download Files.  Back issues of the NIH Guide are found

in different Directories.  GUIDE90 has issues going back to July 6,

1990; GUIDE91, GUIDE92, and GUIDE93 have all issues for each year.

Type F (for FILES) to access any of the files that are arranged into

directories.  To get an overview of the kinds of information

available, type D (for Directory).

Access to the NIH Grant Line via the Internet

To access the NIH Grant Line in an interactive Internet session,

Telnet to and, when a message has been received

that the connection is open, type VT100.  At the INITIALS? prompt,

type BB5 and at the ACCOUNT? prompt, type CCS2.  This puts the user

into the NIH Grant Line.


Current and past issues of the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts may

be accessed via the World Wide Web.  The NIH gopher server, which

contains the printed edition of the NIH Guide in ASCII text format

and the full text of Program Announcements, Requests for

Applications, and Notices, is accessible through the NIH Home Page,

URL  Select "Grants and Contracts" from that page

to access the NIH Guide.


Each mailing distributed via the NIHGDE-L LIST is automatically

archived by LISTSERV.  All issues after 1/19/90 have been saved with

the text of each RFA and PA as a separate document.  Retrieving files

from the LISTSERV archives is a two step process:  a list of the

available archive files is obtained by sending an INDEX NIHGDE-L

command to  These files can then be retrieved

by means of a ET NIHGDE-L filetype command or by using the database

search facilities of LISTSERV.  Send an INFO DATABASE command for

more information on the latter.

The following is a sample of the INDEX command file information:

filename filetype GET PUT -fm lrecl nrecs date time Remarks

-------- -------- --- --- --- ----- ----- -------- -----------

NIHGDE-L 90-00027 PRV OWN V 80 969 90/01/18 16:12:44 -> NIH Guide,

Vol. 19, No. 3, January 19, 1990

The information for each entry consists of two lines.  The first line

contains information necessary for retrieval and the beginning of the

Remarks, and the second contains the rest of the Remarks.  The

important information is the number (90-xxxxx) and the Remarks.  The

Remarks field is the subject line of the mail distributed and shows

which documents can be retrieved.  The number is the value used in

the GET command.

To retrieve files, send mail (to that contains

one line for each document as follows:


For example, to get the main body of the NIH Guide for 1/19/90, the

mail would contain the line:

GET NIHGDE-L 90-00027

The documents referenced in the GET commands will be sent back as


It is possible to use any of the publicly available LISTSERV commands

with the NIHGDE-L list.  More information on LISTSERV commands can be

found in the "General Introduction Guide," which can be retrieved by

sending an INFO GENINTRO command to


The NIH Guide is available via Anonymous ftp at the NIH Computer

Utility.  The files contain both the main body of the printed edition

of the NIH Guide and the full text of the Program Announcements and

Requests For Applications.  The format of the delimited records is

slightly different and is explained in the README file.  The file

names are of the form Gmmddyy, where mmddyy is the month/day/year of

the date of the NIH Guide.  To access the NIH Guide via Anonymous


ftp to

(specify ANONYMOUS as the userid and GUEST as the password)

cd nih-eguide

All normal ftp commands are available.  The output will look quite

different from other installations because the NIH implementation is

under MVS.

The NIH SERVER facility can be used to get back issues via ftp.  Send

mail to and specify in the subject:


The appropriate issue of the NIH Guide will be mailed.  To see a list

of the file names available, send mail as above, but specify in the



To get a copy of the document that describes the delimiters for the

electronic edition of the NIH Guide, send mail to SERVER as above

with a subject of:



Claudia Blair, Ph.D. or Myra Brockett

Institutional Affairs Office, NIH

Building 31, Room 5B35

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-5366

FAX:  (301) 402-2831

Email:  or

For additional information about the NIH Grant Line Bulletin Board,

direct inquiries to:

John C. James, Ph.D.

Assistant Director for Special Projects

Division of Research Grants



Return to 1995 Index

Return to NIH Guide Main Index

Office of Extramural Research (OER) - Home Page Office of Extramural
Research (OER)
  National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Home Page National Institutes of Health (NIH)
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
  Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Home Page Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS) - Government Made Easy

Note: For help accessing PDF, RTF, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Audio or Video files, see Help Downloading Files.