NIH GUIDE, Volume 21, Number 5, February 7, 1992


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  Neural Stimulation 

  Prosthetic Device, Neural 


National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

The Neural Prosthesis Program of the National Institute of Neurological

Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health, is seeking

a contractor to develop a method of chronic microstimulation of the

sacral spinal cord and to evaluate its effects on neural and

surrounding tissue in non-human animals.  Information from spinal cord

microstimulation studies is especially needed by designers of neural

prostheses for paraplegic individuals who have sustained injuries to

the spinal cord above the sacral region.  Before microstimulation of

the spinal cord can be evaluated in humans, a suitable chronic

microstimulating electrode must be developed and its safety and

effectiveness demonstrated in animals.  A research team with experience

in electrophysiology, microelectrode fabrication, and histopathological

examination of neural tissue will be required to successfully conduct

this research.  It is anticipated that one award will be made for a

period of three years in September 1992.

This is not a Request for Proposals (RFP).  To receive a copy of the

RFP, submit a written request to the following address, and supply this

office with two self-addressed mailing labels.  The RFP will be issued

on or about February 7, 1992, with proposals due on April 6, 1992.  All

responsible sources shall be considered by the agency.

Contracting Officer

Contracts Management Branch, DEA

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH

Federal Building, Room 901

7550 Wisconsin Avenue

Bethesda, MD  20892

Attention:  RFP No. NIH-NINDS-92-15


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