NIH Guide, Volume 25, Number 20, June 21, 1996




P.T. 34


  Prosthetic Device, Hearing 

  Prosthetic Device, Neural 


National Institutes of Health


The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

(NIDCD), National Institutes of Health, is recompeting an ongoing

project that is currently being performed by P.I. Medical

Corporation, located in Portland, OR (Contract No. N01-DC-4-2103.


This requirement will develop a high density percutaneous connector

system for use in auditory prostheses.  Although this research will

be limited to animal studies, the ultimate goal is the application of

the results to improve auditory prosthesis for deaf individuals.


It is anticipated that a cost reimbursement, completion type contract

will be awarded for a three year period.  The contractor will be

required to come to Bethesda yearly to present progress on their work

at the Neural Prosthesis Workshop sponsored by the Neural Prosthesis

Program. Prospective offerors should have established expertise in

biomaterials, bioengineering, and miniature electrical connector





RFP No. NIH-DC-96-13 will be available on or about July 31, 1996.

Proposals will be due approximately 60 days after the date of

issuance of the solicitation.  All responsible sources may submit a

proposal that will be considered by the Government.  Copies of the

solicitation may be obtained by sending a

written request to:


Donna M. Winters

Division of Research Contracts

National Institutes of Health

6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 6E01,MSC 7540

Bethesda, MD  20892-7540



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