March 4, 2004

TCG Supports NIH Grants Systems Development

SAIC team will deliver grants expertise to NIH

Washington, DC, March 4, 2004: TCG (Turner Consulting Group), a Federal grants management solutions specialist, announced today that it won a contract from the National Institutes of Health as part of an SAIC team. The NIH contract is for support of the Electronic Research Administration (eRA) in its efforts to update the agency’s research grants application and processing system.

Under the terms of this eRA Systems Design, Development, and Maintenance contract, SAIC will migrate the agency’s grants management system to an object-oriented design and development scheme using Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE). This indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, time and materials contract will be performed over a maximum period of five years.

The NIH processes approximately 55,000 research and training applications that equate to two million pieces of paper annually. eRA intends to convert this huge volume of paper to an electronic medium for full electronic grants administration and to fully integrate its grants function with the agency’s other major enterprise systems. The support of existing applications and migration to the new J2EE environment is central to the continued success of the NIH’s grant programs. The NIH invested approximately $13.5 billion in grants in fiscal year 2000.

“TCG has served the NIH since 1994, and is proud to be part of such a talented team,” said David G. Cassidy, Vice President at TCG. “The discipline, collaboration, and expertise demonstrated by TCG staff have consistently helped NIH innovate in their use of IT for grants management. We’re delighted that we will have an opportunity to continue this good work as part of the SAIC team.”

“This contract allows SAIC the opportunity to provide the customer with a team who understands the NIH grants environment and a set of technical practices needed for successful migration,” said Dr. Edward D. Martin, SAIC senior vice president, Enterprise and Health Solutions Business Unit. “We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with our NIH and research counterparts in making this grant system as effective as possible for all users.”

About Turner Consulting Group
TCG (Turner Consulting Group, specializes in delivering grants management solutions to the Federal government.

TCG focuses on helping government agencies use the power of the Internet and the Web to better interact with the public, and to generate internal cost savings and efficiencies. TCG projects have won awards for their groundbreaking achievements, including piloting the first inter-agency grants management system, and creating the first and only inter-agency government system to receive secure information from the general public. That system, Interagency Edison (, was built in 1995 for NIH’s specific needs. Today the system serves the invention and patent reporting requirements of 21 Federal agencies.

TCG was one of the fastest-growing privately-held companies in the United States in 2001, as ranked by Inc. magazine. The firm has been on Washington Technology’s Fast 50.

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