NIH GUIDE, Volume 25, Number 3, February 9, 1996




P.T. 34



  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 (NIH), has a requirement for the design, fabrication, and

testing in an animal model, of electrodes for use in functional

neuromuscular stimulation (FNS) systems.  The objective of this

research and development project is to develop stimulating electrodes

suitable for chronic FNS in humans that permit safe, reliable, graded

activation of selected muscles.  In order to encourage the broadest

competition, the particular type of electrode and the muscles to be

activated are not specified.  Offerors will define this focus in

association with a collaborating clinical research group.  The

contract will not support performance of the clinical program.  The

research efforts will concentrate on developing electrodes that are

capable of selectively activating specific functional muscle groups

required by the collaborating clinical group.  Offerors are

encouraged to consider innovative approaches to the design of

electrodes with a focus on obtaining reliable, selective, controlled,

graded stimulation.  Human studies will not be supported under the

contract, but it is expected that the research effort will conclude

at a point where human studies will be the next logical step.

Prospective offerors shall be required to obtain institutional

approval for all animal studies and follow the PHS guidelines for the

Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.  Performance of the research

project will require expertise in biomedical engineering, material

science, physiology, rehabilitation medicine, and animal testing.  It

is anticipated that one award, on a cost-reimbursement basis, will

made for a period of three years.




This is not a Request for Proposals (RFP).  RFP No. NIH-NINDS-96-03

will be issued on or about February 9, 1996, with responses due

approximately 60 days thereafter.  Interested organizations should

request either a streamlined version or an entire RFP document.  If

no selection is made, a streamlined version of the RFP will be

provided.  The streamlined version includes only the Statement of

Work, deliverable and reporting requirements, special requirements,

and technical evaluation criteria.  After examination of these

documents, any organization interested in responding to the RFP must

request the entire RFP either in writing or by FAX.  Supply this

office with two self-addressed mailing labels.  All responsible

sources may submit a proposal that will be considered by the



Laurie Leonard

Contracts Management Branch

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

7550 Wisconsin Avenue, Room 901, MSC 9190

Bethesda, MD  20892-9190


FAX:  (301) 402-4225



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