Release Date:  April 3, 1998



National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK),
Division of Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases (DKUHD), has a
requirement for the United States Renal Data System USRDS.  This new phase of
the USRDS will be comprised of the USRDS Coordinating Center (USRDS-CC), one
to three Biomedical Special Studies Centers (Biomedical SSCs) and one Economic
Special Studies Center (Economic SSC).  This solicitation is for the USRDS
Coordinating Center.  The USRDS-CC will assume the registry function of the
current Coordinating Center.  Specifically, the USRDS-CC will: (1) receive,
verify, format, store and update data on End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and
Pre-ESRD (when available) patients; (2) Incorporate newly generated data from
special studies and existing data studies and analyses into the master USRDS
database; (3) Prepare the USRDS Annual Data Reports (ADRs); (4) Perform
existing data studies needed to support the ADRs; (5) Provide data to support
research performed by the Special Studies Centers; (6) Provide data to the
research community according to the 2-hour rule; and (7) Develop and provide
Standard Analysis Files and Tailored Data Files to support individual
investigator-initiated research.

All responsible sources may submit a proposal which will be considered by the
agency.  The Government is not committed to award a contract pursuant to this
announcement.  The Request for Proposals, RFP No. NIH-NIDDK-98-7 will be
issued on or about May 1, 1998 with a closing date of on or about July 31,
1998.  Requests for the RFP must be in writing and cite the referenced RFP
number.  Requests may be addressed to:

Robert T. Coonley
Telephone:  (301) 594-8837
FAX:  (301) 480-8261
Email:  CoonleyR@extra.niddk.nih.gov

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