NIH unifies its grants software under J2EE

The National Institutes of Health will upgrade its research grants application and processing system to an object-oriented architecture using Java2 Enterprise Edition.

NIH chose Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego for a five-year contract to upgrade the Electronic Research Administration system.

ERA is NIH's infrastructure for conducting interactive transactions, said Cheryl Campbell, SAIC's corporate vice president of program management. NIH awarded $13.5 billion worth of grants to scientists in fiscal 2000 through ERA.

The J2EE architecture will set up a Web front end to NIH's grants programs, replacing a largely paper process, Campbell said.

SAIC's partners on the ERA project are Turner Consulting Group of Washington and Altum Inc. of Reston, Va. The contract, with one base year and four one-year options, has a ceiling of $10 million per contractor.

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