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Daniel Sheffer
04-29-1991, 04:59 AM
Dear Biomch-l readers;

Several weeks ago, Herman Woltring posted several announcements of
opportunities (funding) from the NIH Guide publication. At that time
Dr. Woltring asked for help in browsing this e-mail publication and in
listing those items that are perhaps pertinent to the interests of the
biomch-l readership. Since I am the contact person for the University
of Akron (OHIO) and a reader of this list, I notified the list moderators
of willingness to keep you apprised of whatever funds the NIH is willing
to spread amongst the hoards.

The format of this listing will generally include the title, application
deadlines and the name of the files containing the complete description
which are archived at LISTSERV@JHUVM.BITNET. If the item is extremely
important, I will send along the complete description or RFP to the list.

The following contains additional information regarding the retrieval of
materials from the NIH Guide.

.. it is now possible to obtain the current or a back issue electronically in
one of three ways:


Each mailing distributed via the NIHGDE-L list is automatically archived by
ListServ at Johns Hopkins University and can be retrieved using the facilities
of the ListServ software. All issues stored there after 1/19/90 have been saved
with the text of each RFA as a separate document. Retrieving an issue from the
ListServ archives is a two step process: You can obtain a list of the available
archive files by sending an "INDEX NIHGDE-L" command to LISTSERV@JHUVM. These
files can then be retrieved by means of a "GET NIHGDE-L filetype" command, or
by using the database search facilities of ListServ. Send an "INFO DATABASE"
command for more information on the latter.

First find the retrieval number using the INDEX command, then retrieve the
desired documents using the GET command. To find the numbers of all stored
documents, send mail to LISTSERV@JHUVM containing only the following one line
of text:


The LISTSERV software will send back to you, in the form of a file,
information about all documents stored. The transfer of this information back
to you generally takes a few minutes, but depending on network traffic, can
take somewhat longer. File specifics are prefaced by approximately 32 lines of
general list information that can be ignored. The following is a sample of the
INDEX command file information (you file may look slightly different):

filename filetype GET PUT -fm lrecl nrecs date time Remarks

-------- -------- --- --- --- ----- ----- -------- -------- -----------

NIHGDE-L 90-00027 PRV OWN V 80 969 90/01/18 16:12:44 -> NIH Guide Vol. 19,
No. 3, January 19, 1990

The information for each entry consists of two lines. The first line contains
information necessary for retrieval and the beginning of the Remarks, and the
second contains the rest of the Remarks. Using the Remarks, you should be able
to determine which enteries you wish to retrieve. The important information is
the number (90-xxxxx), and the Remarks. The Remarks field is the subject line
of the mail distributed, and will show you which documents you wish to
retrieve. The number is the value used in the GET command that you will mail to
LISTSERV. Once you have determined which documents you wish to retrieve, send
mail to LISTSERV@JHUVM which contains one line for each document as follows:


For example, to get the main body of the Guide for the 1/19 issue, your mail
to LISTSERV@JHUVM would contain the line:

GET NIHGDE-L 90-00027

The documents referenced in the GET commands will be sent back to you as
files. For those familiar with the other facilities of the ListServ facility,
it is possible to use any of the publicly available commands with the NIHGDE-L
list. More information on ListServ commands can be found in the "General
Introduction Guide", which you can retrieve by sending an "INFO GENINTRO"
command to LISTSERV@JHUVM.


It is possible to download copies of the NIH Guide stored at the NIH Computer
Center in Bethesda, Maryland using a personal computer and the TYMNET wide area
network. TYMNET provides a service that allows people at distant locations to
access the NIH Computer Center with a local rather than long distance phone
call. To invoke the facility that allows you to download copies of the NIH
Guide, you will need a personal computer, a 1200 or 2400 baud modem, and a
terminal emulation program to run on your pc. The terminal emulation program
must support raw file downloading (a facility that allows you to store in a
file everything that is displayed on the pc screen during the downloading
process). All the most popular terminal emulators, KERMIT, Telios, PROCOM, etc.
for the IBM and VersaTerm for the MAC support raw file downloading. Consult the
documenation for your particular terminal emulator to find how it is done.

Each city has a different local phone number for accessing TYMNET. You can
call 1-800-336-1049 to find the correct phone number for your location. You
must know the speed of your modem when you call because there are generally
different numbers for 1200 and 2400 baud modems. Once you have found the
correct phone number, connect to TYMNET through your modem and follow these

1. Configure your terminal emulator as: speed indicated by the modem being
used, even parity, 7 data bits, 1 stop bit, Local Echo on (sometimes referred
to as Local Copy on or Half Duplex).

2. After successfully connecting to TYMNET, type "a" (without the quotes). Note
that a message or a series of garbage characters may be displayed right after
you connect.

3. The message "please log in:" (or some garbled characters) will appear, type
the following: CONTROL H, CONTROL P, CONTROL R, CONTROL X, then press ENTER.

4. The prompt "user name" will be displayed, type NIHWYL and press ENTER.

5. TYMNET will display the message "host: call connected." and you will be
prompted by the NIH system for "INITIALS?". Type GT4 and press ENTER. You will
then be prompted for "ACCOUNT?". Type AVG1 and press ENTER.

This process will cause a menu to be displayed that will allow you to access
the online NIH Telephone Directory, or download one or more versions of the NIH
Guide. Follow the instructions given by the program to successfully download
the desired version of the NIH Guide. When you have finished, you will
automatically be signed off and can process the downloaded NIH Guide on your
personal computer.


For users who have access to the Internet, The University of North Carolina
has offered to make their versions of the Guide available via anonymous FTP. To
access back versions via FTP, do the following:

1. FTP to samba.acs.unc.edu

2. Specify anonymous as the userid and secret as the password

3. cd /pub/nih -- will put you into the proper directory

4. ls (or dir) -- will display all the available files, their names are self

5. Use the necessary FTP commands to transfer any of the desired files to your

Hopefully, these three methods will aid any of you who wish to have access
to NIH funding information placed on this list.

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