Release Date:  June 14, 2002

NOTICE:  NOT-HS-02-011

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

In the context of P.L. 106-107, the Federal Financial Assistance Management 
Improvement Act and the move throughout the Government to transact business 
electronically, to the extent possible, the Agency for Healthcare Research 
and Quality (AHRQ) has begun the transition from paper to electronic exchange 
of information.  The Notice of Grant Award (NGA) has been identified as one 
such paper document that can be easily transmitted using electronic mail (E-
mail).  As the first step in the transition from paper to electronic exchange 
of information, AHRQ began issuing the Notice of Grant Award in a letter 
format in 2001.  

As of July 1, 2002, AHRQ will begin sending the NGA electronically to those 
institutions who have already established a generic E-mail address for this 
purpose with the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  There is no need to 
establish a new generic address; AHRQ's NGAs will utilize the address 
previously provided to NIH.  We recognize that not all grant recipients will 
have the capability to receive electronic NGAs.  Therefore, we will maintain 
a system whereby receiving NGAs electronically will be elective.  AHRQ 
recommends that any grant recipients wishing to receive electronic NGAs, who 
are not already receiving such from NIH, establish a generic and stable E-
mail address specifically for this purpose.  The electronic NGA will be sent 
to this central E-mail address and the institution will be responsible for 
distributing the NGA, along with the special terms and conditions, to the 
principal investigator and other appropriate officials within the recipient 

To establish a new electronic address for grantees that have not previously 
done so, refer to the NIH Guide announcement of September 16, 1998, 
Electronic Notification of Award,

Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please contact the 
grants management official identified on your NGA.

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