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    NLM is now putting the Internet Connection Grant Program on a
    cycle with three deadline dates each year: February 1, June 1,
    and October 1.  The Program Announcement follows:

INTERNET CONNECTION FOR MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS

NIH GUIDE, Volume 26, Number 1, January 10, 1997

PA NUMBER:  PAR-97-023

P.T. 15, 18; K.W. 1004017

National Library of Medicine

PURPOSE

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is encouraging the
development of a communications infrastructure to promote the rapid
interchange of medical information nationally and throughout the
world.  This infrastructure is based upon the Internet, a network
of networks, that is a key element in important Federal initiatives
in High Performance Computing and Communication (HPCC) and the
National Information Infrastructure (NII).  Internet access
provides health professionals engaged in education, research,
clinical care, and administration with a means of accessing remote
databases, libraries, NLM's Internet Grateful Med, DOCLINE, and
Loansome Doc, of transferring files and images, and of interacting
with colleagues throughout the world.  To accelerate the pace with
which health-related institutions become part of the electronic
information web, NLM is offering grants to support institution-wide
Internet connections.

HEALTHY PEOPLE 2000

The Public Health Service (PHS) is committed to achieving the
health promotion and disease prevention objectives of "Healthy
People 2000,"a PHS-led national activity for setting priority
areas.  This Program Announcement (PA), Internet Connection for
Medical Institutions, is related to the priority area of
surveillance and data systems. Potential applicants may obtain a
copy of "Healthy People 2000" (Full Report:  Stock No.
017-001-00474-0 or Summary Report:  Stock No: 017 001-00473-1)
through the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing
Office, Washington, DC 20402-0325 (telephone 202-512-1800).

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Domestic, public and private, non-profit institutions engaged in
health sciences administration, education, research, and/or
clinical care are eligible to apply.  "Health sciences" is defined
as medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, pharmacy,
veterinary medicine, and other sciences related to health.
Hospitals are encouraged to apply.  Racial/ethnic minority
individuals, women, and those with disabilities are encouraged to
apply as Principal Investigators.  Domestic applications may not
have international components.

Groups (or cooperatives) of health-related institutions are also
eligible to apply.  A single, lead institution must apply on behalf
of the group.

MECHANISM OF SUPPORT

This PA uses the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Resource Grant
(G08) mechanism.  Indirect costs are not provided.  Responsibility
for the planning, direction, and execution of the proposed project
will be solely that of the applicant.  The total project period for
an application submitted in response to this PA may not exceed one
year.

For a single institution, support is available up to $30,000; a
group of institutions may receive up to $50,000 to support
development of a multi-institution network including extending
extant connectivity to outlying sites, or otherwise furthering
NLM's goal of expanding information outreach.  The overall cost of
a connection to the Internet includes:  gateway or router
equipment, associated communication hardware (CSU/DSU), the leased
line and its installation, local area network user support staff,
and Internet Service Provider fees.  The NLM grant is expected to
support the purchase and installation of the gateway system and
associated connection hardware, the cost of installation and
leasing of communication circuits to connect to the Internet
Service Provider, and the cost of Internet Service Provider fees.
Institutions are expected to fund personnel, personal computers,
and local area network costs.  The emphasis of the Internet project
should be towards initiating institution-wide Internet access;
therefore, costs for website development are discouraged.  Grant
funds may be used to extend Internet access to other sites from an
institution with an existing connection.

OBJECTIVES

Background

The Internet currently is a collection of interconnected networks
and comprises three types of networks:  (1) a national backbone
network, (2) regional networks (Internet Service Providers) usually
based around some geographical region of the country, and (3) local
networks at educational, research and clinical institutions.
Individual institutions are connected to a regional network in the
appropriate geographical area.  The regional network is in turn
attached to the high-speed national backbone network, usually at
its network operation center.  The backbone is connected to other
national networks including the Defense Research Internet, NASA
Science Network, and the Energy Sciences Network;
these interconnected networks and many others worldwide comprise
the Internet.  The Internet provides electronic mail service and
access to a variety of scientific resources including:  digital
libraries, unique databases such as MEDLINE via Grateful Med as
well as a host of federal and private sector databases,
supercomputers, and remote scientific sensing instruments. The
Internet promotes interaction and collaboration with a single,
well-integrated connection to end users using the Defense Data
Network protocols: Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
referred to as TCP/IP.

Network management and operations services as well as information
services are provided by each of the levels.  The national backbone
network provides for technical and information services to the
Internet Service Providers which may provide technical expertise
and information services, including training and documentation, to
local network administrators.  Local network officials provide
technical and information services to the overall local network
administration and may also provide consultative and liaison
services to end-users of the network.

Scope

The purpose of this PA is to encourage U.S. medical institutions
including medical research institutions, health science schools,
hospitals, and professional organizations to connect to the
Internet. Some institutions may belong to organizations that are
already connected to the Internet, for example, medical schools
adjacent to university campuses.  In such a case, the NLM grant can
be used by a health science school or hospital to link to an
existing Internet connection.  In other cases, the project will aid
the institution in initiating a direct connection  to the Internet
Service Provider.  In general, it is expected that institutions
will use an existing local area network to distribute wide access
to the Internet, or will build a new local area network and connect
it to the Internet.  A local area network is connected to the
Internet by installing an IP router/gateway.  This gateway will
link the local area network to an appropriate Internet Service
Provider by means of leased or dial-up communication circuits of
varying speeds (9600 bits per second to 1.5 million bits per
second).  The resultant connections to the Internet provided by the
gateway should be made widely available to all appropriate health
professionals -- researchers, faculty, students, clinicians, and
administrators.  Ideally the institution will have installed a
high-speed local area network and have adopted the TCP/IP protocols
as the standard communication protocol.  Where other networking
protocols are used, the institution will be responsible for the
installation of any additional network gateway systems required to
resolve the protocol conversion issues so as to provide
connectivity to the Internet gateway.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Applications are to be submitted on the grant application form PHS
398 (rev. 5/95) and will be accepted at the standard deadline dates
(February 1, June 1 and October 1) as indicated in the
instructions. Applications kits are available at most institutional
offices of sponsored research and may be obtained from the Division
of Extramural Outreach and Information Resources, National
Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7910, Bethesda, MD
20892-7910, telephone 301/435-0714, email:
[log in to unmask]; and from the program administrator
listed under INQUIRIES.

Supplemental Application Guidelines

Applicants should not feel constrained by the emphasis on research
in the language used by the forms.  It may be useful for an
applicant to read "project" whenever the form and instructions
refer to "research".  NLM considers these grants to be projects,
not research applications, and will evaluate the applications in
that spirit.  NLM recommends that those writing the application
keep the "project" concept in mind.  Internet uses may support
administration, education, research and/or patient care endeavors.
Applicants are encouraged to include their health science library
in the proposed Internet connection.

"Biographical Sketch" form page (FF).  Include computer,
communications, networking skills, including TCP/IP experience, and
Internet training.

"Resources" form page (HH).  Applicants are encouraged to
substitute applicable headings such as computers, communications,
and networking resources.  For multiple institutions these must be
described for each site.  Letters of agreement or memoranda of
understanding defining mutual responsibilities must be provided in
the application and signed by authorized officials of each
participating institution.

In Section 9 of the "Research Plan" (read "Project Plan") also
provide:  1) proposed benefits of Internet access to the targeted
population; 2) plans for provision of institution-wide access, user
training and user support and 3) plans for future support.  The
success of an Internet connection depends upon training users in
establishing accounts and passwords and in teaching Internet
capabilities.  Describe user training plans including topics to be
covered and the personnel who will provide the training and
follow-up, ongoing training.  Library involvement in user training
is strongly encouraged.  In regard to future support, the Internet
Connection Grant is intended to provide seed money to initiate an
Internet connection; therefore, plans for budgeting ongoing costs
for Internet access must be described.

All applicants, particularly those relatively unfamiliar with the
application review form and with NIH procedures, are encouraged to
consult Ms. Frances Johnson (address below) for assistance as
needed in completing the application.

Additional Application Procedures

Each application must be identified by checking "YES" on Line 2 of
the face page, and the number and title of this program
announcement must be typed in Section 2.

Submit a signed, typewritten original of the application, including
the Checklist, and five legible, single-sided copies in one package
to:

DIVISION OF RESEARCH GRANTS
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
6701 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE, MSC 7710, SUITE 1040
BETHESDA, MD  20892-7710
BETHESDA, MD  20817-7710 (for express/courier service)

REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS

Upon receipt, applications will be reviewed for completeness by the
NIH Division of Research Grants (DRG) and responsiveness by NLM.
Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant without
further consideration.  Applications that are complete and
responsive to the PA will be evaluated for merit by an appropriate
peer review group convened by the NLM in accordance with the review
criteria stated below.

Applications that are complete will be evaluated for scientific
and technical merit by an appropriate peer review group convened in
accordance with the standard NIH peer review procedures.  As part
of the initial merit review, all applications will receive a
written critique and undergo a process in which only those
applications deemed to have the highest scientific merit, generally
the top half of applications under review, will be discussed and
assigned a priority score.

Review Criteria

o  Significance of proposed project relative to the services,
programs and personnel expected to benefit from Internet access,
and the nature of the anticipated benefits.

o  Quality of local infrastructure including plans to provide broad
institutional access to the Internet gateway and plans to develop
institution-wide high-speed networks.

o  Quality of user services and proposed training.

o  Technical expertise in computer networking (especially TCP/IP
based networking) or plans to provide such expertise including
coordination with appropriate Internet service provider.

o  Plans for future support of the network connection.

AWARD CRITERIA

In addition to the review criteria identified above, awards depend
upon available funds and programmatic priorities.

INQUIRIES

Written, electronic, and telephone inquiries concerning this PA are
encouraged.  The opportunity to clarify any issues or questions
from potential applicants is welcome.

Direct inquiries regarding programmatic issues to:

Ms. Frances E. Johnson
Division of Extramural Programs
National Library of Medicine
Building 38A, Room 5S-506
Bethesda, MD  20894
Telephone:  (301) 496-4621
FAX:  (301) 402-0421
Email:  [log in to unmask]

Direct inquiries regarding fiscal matters to:

Ms. Ruth Bortz
Grants Management Specialist
Division of Extramural Programs
National Library of Medicine
Telephone:  (301) 496-4253
FAX:  (301) 402-0421
Email:  [log in to unmask]

AUTHORITY AND REGULATIONS

The Resource Grant Program is described in the "Catalog of Federal
Domestic Assistance" under Medical Library Assistance, Chapter
93.879. Grants will be awarded under the authority of the Public
Health Service Act, Section 474(42 USC 286b-5) and administered
under PHS grant policies and Federal Regulations, most specifically
at 42 CFR Part 59a and 45 CFR Part 74.  This program is not subject
to the inter-governmental review requirements of Executive Order
12372 or Health Systems Agency review.

The PHS strongly encourages all grant and contract recipients to
provide a smoke-free workplace and promote the non-use of all
tobacco products. In addition, Public Law 103-227, the Pro-Children
Act of 1994, prohibits smoking in certain facilities (or in some
cases, any portion of a facility) in which regular or routine
education, library, day care, health care or early childhood
development services are provided to children.  This is consistent
with the PHS mission to protect and advance the physical and mental
health of the American
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