NIH GUIDE FOR GRANTS AND CONTRACTS - FILES REORGANIZED AND OLDER FILES RENAMED

Release Date:  May 17, 2000

NOTICE:  OD-00-036

National Institutes of Health

This is to announce that, as part of an overall NIH Guide automation process, 
the Office of Extramural Research has completed a reorganization of NIH Guide 
files into one of three standard subdirectories (notice-files, pa-files and 
rfa-files).  All files/URLs will now follow a standard naming convention as 
illustrated in the following examples:

     Notice Number:  NOT-99-074 
     URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT99-074.html

     Program Announcement (PA) Number:  PA-99-002
     URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-99-002.html

     Request for Application (RFA) Number:  DK-99-009
     URL:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-99-009.html

The new NIH Guide repository will be made available on or shortly after 
Monday, June 12, 2000.  This will mean that LINKS OR BOOKMARKS TO NIH GUIDE 
FILES FOR NOTICES POSTED PRIOR TO FEBRUARY 6, 1998, AND FOR PAs AND RFAs 
POSTED PRIOR TO OCTOBER 17, 1997, WILL BE BROKEN.  

Repairing broken links can be accomplished in a variety of ways, including 
the following:

o  IF YOU KNOW THE NUMBER or TITLE - The new Notice Index, PA Index and RFA 
Index will each have a comprehensive list of announcements issued 
electronically since 1992, for their respective categories.  Lists are sorted 
by year and number and also include titles of announcements.  Therefore, if 
you know the announcement Number or Title, you can then use your Web 
browser's Find Command (Ctrl-F) to search within the three index listings and 
find the new link.  As an alternative, substituting the Number in one of the 
example URLs above, based on the appropriate type (Notice, PA or RFA), should 
bring up the new URL for a particular announcement.  

o  IF YOU KNOW THE OLD URL - If you need to repair a broken link and do not 
know the Number or Title, the embedded date in the old URL will lead you to 
the Weekly Index containing the original announcement with the new URL.  The 
following is an example of an old name and path for a Program Announcement:

      http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/1997/97.02.07/basic-research.html

In this example, look for the announcement in the 02/07/97 Weekly Index.  
Weekly Indexes are sorted by calendar year, then week, and can be accessed 
from the main NIH Guide page at:

     http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/index.html

o  USING SEARCH ENGINE - Another alternative for repairing broken links is to 
use the Search function provided on the main NIH Guide page (URL shown 
directly above).  From there, you can search for the Number, Title or any key 
words or phrases contained in the announcement.

If there are any questions about these changes or for assistance in locating 
the new URL of a specific announcement, please contact either of the 
following individuals:

Tom Turley
Chief, Web Development Branch, OPERA, OER
Telephone: (301) 435-1961
FAX: (301) 435-3059
Email: tom_turley@nih.gov

Jim Soden
Web Development Branch, OPERA, OER
Telephone: (301) 435-0993
FAX: (301) 435-3059
Email: jim_soden@nih.gov


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