NIH GUIDE, Volume 25, Number 32, September 27, 1996




P.T. 34


  Communicative Disorders, Hearing 

  Prosthetic Device, Hearing 


National Institutes of Health


The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

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

project, which is currently being performed by the Regents of the

University of California, San Francisco (Contract No. N01-DC-4-2143).


This requirement is for research to develop methods of protecting the

remaining portions of the auditory system from degeneration after

hair cell loss.  Previous studies have shown that certain forms of

electrical stimulation provide such a protective effect.  The offeror

shall evaluate the possibility that certain forms of chronic

electrical stimulation of selected portions of the auditory system

can maintain and possibly enhance the anatomical and physiological

viability of the remaining auditory system following loss of hair

cells in a manner compatible with preserving and possibly extending

the function of an implanted auditory prosthesis.


It is anticipated that a cost reimbursement, term type contract will

be awarded for a three year period.  The offeror 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.  It is planned that RFP No. NIH-DC-97-03 will be available

on or about October 11, 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





Copies of the solicitation can 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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