Notice of Opportunity for Fast Track Entry of Assay Projects for High Throughput Screening into the NIH Roadmap Molecular Libraries Probe Production Centers Network

Notice Number: NOT-RM-09-011

Update: The following update relating to this announcement has been issued:

Key Dates
Release Date: April 27, 2009

Issued by
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), (, on behalf of the NIH Roadmap Molecular Libraries Program.


The purpose of this notice is to announce that the NIH is extending eligibility for a Fast Track Program by which applicants with Assay Projects that were designed for use in High Throughput Screening (HTS) can submit a request for access to the HTS and probe development resources of the Roadmap Molecular Libraries Probe Production Centers Network (MLPCN). 


The Roadmap Assay Development for High Throughput Screening (HTS) Program serves as a key incubator funding the development of assay projects for HTS that advance to the Molecular Libraries Probe Production Centers Network (MLPCN; The assays are then screened by a participating Network Center against the Molecular Libraries Small Molecule Repository (MLSMR;, and promising small molecule hits developed further as molecular probes.  Projects funded in the Assay Development for HTS Program are eligible for rapid entry into the MLPCN when completed, via a Fast Track request for screening requiring a technical review of projects by the Roadmap Molecular Libraries Project Team.  This technical review emphasizes project readiness and the need for probes to the proposed target.  Requests for MLPCN entry and screening are reviewed by the Project Team on a monthly basis, and upon approval are immediately assigned to a Network Screening Center for implementation.   A separate Program, Solicitation of Assays for HTS in the Molecular Libraries Screening Center Network (R03), independently accepts applications for the entry of HTS-ready projects into the MLPCN (see:  
Please Note:  A detailed description of the goals of the Assay Development for HTS (R21) Program, and the Fast Track process for acceptance of completed projects by the MLSCN, can be found in the latest funding announcement for the Program:

In the present notice, the NIH is extending this Fast Track pathway to MLPCN entry to NIH Investigator-initiated and Institute-sponsored projects and activities that similarly fund the development of assay projects for HTS.  To be eligible, a project should meet the goals of the Assay Development for HTS Program, and have embedded in its scientifically reviewed and funded research proposal the development of assays (primary, secondary and counter-screening) for use in a HTS and probe development project.  The HTS project plan employing these assays should be directed at the development of a unique molecular probe that can be used to explore biochemical, cellular and physiological function.  Potential applicants can reference the project development guidelines described in the latest Assay Development for HTS announcement:  This announcement describes the specific requirements for development of  assay projects for HTS that determine eligibility for Fast Track entry into the MLPCN.  It is important to note that Fast Track applications constitute a request for access to HTS resources of the MLPCN, and are not a request for direct funding.


Further information regarding eligibility for the Fast Track Program, and information on preparing requests for MLPCN entry, can be obtained by contacting Mark Scheideler, Ph.D., Senior Scientific Officer, NINDS, and Program Director for the Roadmap Assay Development for HTS and Fast Track Programs, at the following email address:

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