NIH GUIDE FOR GRANTS AND CONTRACTS:  INTENT TO MODIFY 
NIH GUIDE, Volume 26, Number 22, June 27, 1997
 
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Keywords:
  101400 
 
National Institutes of Health
 
PURPOSE
 
The National Institutes of Health intends to modify the NIH Guide for
Grants and Contracts on October 1, 1997.  The format of Request for
Applications (RFAs) and Program Announcements (PAs) will not be
changed, but the NIH Guide will be available only in HTML format on
the Office of Extramural Research (OER) Homepage
(http://grants.nih.gov/grants/oer.htm).  The purpose of this change is
to improve the timeliness and accuracy of information dissemination
and reduce production costs.
 
BACKGROUND
 
Currently, in addition to paper subscriptions, a delimited,
electronic edition of the NIH Guide, which includes RFAs in addition
to NA/RFAs, is sent via a LIST to individuals and university offices
of sponsored research.  The NIH Guide is also available on a public
access electronic bulletin board and on the NIH GOPHER, which may be
accessed via the OER Homepage (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/oer.htm).
Through these sources, the NIH Guide, including the full text of RFAs
and PAs, is available nationwide within a day of publication.
 
The NIH Gopher service will be discontinued within the next several
months and the NIH intends to take advantage of this opportunity to
convert Gopher documents to HTML format, that is, web-browser
readable format.  Furthermore, as part of an overall reengineering of
the process whereby the NIH Guide is created and distributed, the NIH
will take the next logical step and make it available only via the
OER Web Homepage.
 
INTENDED MODIFICATIONS
 
Content of the NIH Guide - The contents of the NIH Guide will not
change.
 
Access to the NIH Guide - The current print and LISTSERV subscription
lists and the Gopher version will be terminated.  The Web edition of
the NIH Guide, including the RFAs and PAs, will be available to
individuals on the OER Web Homepage
(http://grants.nih.gov/grants/oer.htm).
 
ELECTRONIC ACCESS TO THE NIH GUIDE FOR GRANTS AND CONTRACTS
 
1.  NIHGDE-L is closed as of the publication of this Notice.  No new
subscriptions will be accepted.  New users of the NIH Guide should
access it through the OER Web Homepage.
 
2.  NIH Grant Line Bulletin Board.  The NIH Grant Line Bulletin Board
will be discontinued on October 1, 1997.  Until then, it will
continue to be available to current users.
 
3.  NIH Gopher.  The NIH Gopher contains information about the NIH,
including the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, and has text
searching capability.  Until September 30, 1997, the NIH Gopher
version of the NIH Guide is available on the OER Homepage
(http://grants.nih.gov/grants/oer.htm).
 
INQUIRIES
 
For additional information or comment on the intended modifications,
direct inquiries to:
 
James O'Donnell, Ph.D.
Office of Extramural Programs
National Institutes of Health
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 6182 - MSC 7910
Bethesda, MD  20892-7910
Telephone:  (301) 435-2768
Email:  odonnelj@odrockm1.od.nih.gov
 
Myra Brockett
Office of Extramural Programs
National Institutes of Health
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 6095 - MSC 7910
Bethesda, MD  20892-7910
Telephone:  (301) 435-2801
Email:  q2c@cu.nih.gov or mb36t@nih.gov
 
For additional information about the NIH Grant Line Bulletin Board,
direct inquiries to:
 
John C. James, Ph.D.
Office of Extramural Outreach and Information Resources
National Institutes of Health
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 6206 - MSC 7910
Bethesda, MD  20892-7910
Telephone:  (301) 435-2801
Email:  jqj@odrockm1.od.nih.gov
 



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