Clinical Tools, Inc. Release: HealthProposal.net Website Transmits Nine Electronic Grant Submissions

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Clinical Tools, Inc., creator of the HealthProposal.net website, announced that nine grants were successfully submitted electronically to the National Institutes of Health via the website on October 1. These submissions marked the third time the website has successfully submitted grant proposals to the NIH.

HealthProposal.net is the only entirely online solution for submitting NIH grant proposals. Using HealthProposal.net, a researcher can complete the required forms, upload proposal documents and transmit the documents to the NIH via one comprehensive website. HealthProposal.net requires no special software. All that is needed is a PC or laptop computer with an Internet connection and a Web browser.

The NIH, HealthProposal.net and other institutions are currently pilot testing electronic grant submission; the NIH plans to leave the pilot stage and enter full production in January 2005. HealthProposal.net is helping the NIH achieve that goal.

The popularity of both electronic submission and the HealthProposal.net website is growing. During the June/July submission round, 10 grant proposals, representing 32% of all electronically submitted grant proposals, were submitted to NIH via HealthProposal.net. "The nine proposals submitted via HealthProposal.net on October 1 amounted to 35% of all electronic submissions to the NIH for that deadline," stated T. Bradley Tanner, M.D., president of Clinical Tools, Inc. He also pointed out that there have been several repeat users of the website.

HealthProposal.net has received very positive reviews from researchers. "I would enthusiastically recommend HealthProposal.net to my colleagues," commented Jay Hoying, Ph.D., an associate professor and researcher with the Arizona Research Laboratories at the University of Arizona.

"I highly recommend using HealthProposal.net," said Jumin Zhou, Ph.D., an assistant professor and grant proposal writer at the Gene Expression and Regulation Program of the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. "I liked the fact I could submit my grant proposal in color, which is important for the quality of the images and graphs I used. I also liked that electronic submission reduced the amount of paper I dealt with."

Looking to the future, Dr. Tanner commented, "We look forward to handling increasing numbers of grant proposals, and we are constantly reviewing our site to ensure ease of use." Dr. Tanner pointed out that the HealthProposal.net website is being updated for a cleaner look, with upgrades to the budget feature being added this month. HealthProposal.net was displayed and presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Research Administrators International in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 23-27, 2004. HealthProposal.net will also exhibit at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of University Research Administrators in Washington, DC, on October 31 through November 3, 2004.

About Clinical Tools

Clinical Tools, Inc., located in Chapel Hill, N.C., is a physician-owned, multimedia company and the creator of health information websites for healthcare providers and consumers. The company developed HealthProposal.net after receiving an NIH Fast Track Small Business Innovation Research Award (Grant #1U44RR018062-02) to develop and pilot test the electronic grant submission system. Electronic grant submission is part of a federal mandate to make all grant applications available electronically. More information about Clinical Tools, Inc. can be found on their website at http://www.clinicaltools.com/ . More information about HealthProposal.net can be found on the Web at http://www.healthproposal.net/ .

Clinical Tools, Inc.

CONTACT: T. Bradley Tanner, M.D., President of Clinical Tools, Inc.,+1-919-960-8118, or fax +1-919-960-7745, or erasupport@clinicaltools.com

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