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NIH Guide, Volume 22, Number 15, April 16, 1993


P.T. 34


  Computer Science 

  Information Science/Systems 

  Medical/Diagnostic Imaging 

National Library of Medicine

In 1991, the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy

announced a multi-agency High Performance Computing and Communications

(HPCC) program to stimulate the development of advanced information

technologies.  The Federal HPCC program includes four components:  high

performance computers, advanced software, the National Research and

Education Network, and basic research and human resources.  As part of

the overall HPCC efforts of the National Institutes of Health, the

National Library of Medicine HPCC program seeks to develop and

demonstrate the utility of HPCC technologies for health care.  In order

to support a range of research and development services related to

health care applications of HPCC technologies, which depend upon the

specialized experience of investigators, the NLM, Lister Hill National

Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC), announces that it will

be issuing a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).  The BAA is a research

and development contract mechanism that provides for investigator-

developed statements of work within the scope of a broad range of

activities of interest to LHNCBC and NLM.

The research categories for which proposals are sought are:  (1)

Testbed networks for linking hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices,

medical schools, medical libraries, and universities to enable health

care providers and researchers to share medical data and images; (2)

Software and visualization technology for visualizing human anatomy and

analyzing imagery from X-rays, CAT scans, PET scans, and other

diagnostic tools; (3) Virtual reality technology for simulating

operations and other medical procedures; (4) Collaborative technology

to allow several health care providers in remote locations to provide

real time treatment of patients; (5) Database technology to provide

health care providers with access to relevant medical information and

literature; and (6) Database and associated computing and

communications technologies for storing, accessing, and transmitting

patients' records while protecting the accuracy and privacy of those


Proposals received as a result of this BAA will be evaluated by a peer

or scientific review process in accordance with criteria specified in

the solicitation.  These criteria include scientific and technical

merit, staff experience, and facilities/resources.  It is anticipated

that a minimum of 4 awards will be made from this announcement;

however, the number of awards may well increase if co-sponsorship of

this work becomes available from other NIH components or other Federal

agencies.  The awards will be multi-year, cost-reimbursement type

contracts, with a period of performance from one to three years.

BAA/RFP No. NLM-93-105/PSP will be available on or about May 3, 1993

with proposals due approximately 45 days thereafter.  It is expected

that awards will be made on or before September 30, 1993.  It is

anticipated that this BAA will be re-issued in subsequent years in

order to accommodate the evolving needs of the Biomedical HPCC

applications program.  NOTE:  Release of this BAA/RFP is contingent

upon NLM's receipt of a Delegation of Procurement Authority.


Requests for the RFP must be directed to:

Patricia S. Page

Office of Acquisitions Management

National Library of Medicine

8600 Rockville Pike

Building 38A, Room B1N17

Bethesda, MD  20894


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