RAPID ACCESS TO NCI DISCOVERY RESOURCES (R-A-N-D) 

RELEASE DATE:  February 27, 2003

NOTICE:  NOT-CA-03-009

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
 (http://www.nci.nih.gov)

The National Cancer Institute is requesting applications for the following 
initiative:  Rapid Access to NCI Discovery Resources (R-A-N-D) program.  The
R-A-N-D program will make available to academic investigators, on a competitive
basis, the discovery, and early preclinical development contract resources of
NCI's Developmental Therapeutics Program.  The goal of R-A-N-D is to remove the
most common barriers between basic research findings and their exploitation for
discovery of new molecular entities.  R-A-N-D does not fund grants; applications
to the program are requests for NCI drug discovery and development resources
to conduct specific tasks the applicants themselves are unable to carry out in
their efforts to translate basic research findings to the discovery of new
drugs and biologics.  Examples of tasks that may be requested include:
production/characterization of molecular target proteins; high-throughput
screening (HTS) assay development; natural product isolation/characterization;
synthesis of combinatorial libraries; computer modeling, early pharmacology
and in vivo efficacy studies.  

There are two receipt dates for requests for R-A-N-D support per year, April 1
and October 1.  A Letter of Interest (LOI) must be submitted via email to the
Program Coordinator 30 days prior to the application deadline.  Current
requests must be received by April 1, 2003 (LOI March 1, 2003), with all
materials submitted directly to the office listed below.   

APPLICATIONS HAND-DELIVERED BY INDIVIDUALS TO THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE
WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED.  This policy does not apply to courier deliveries
(i.e. FEDEX, UPS, DHL, etc.) (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/
notice-files/NOT-CA-02-002.html).  This change in practice is effective
immediately.  This policy is similar to and consistent with the policy for
applications addressed to Centers for Scientific Review as published in the
NIH Guide Notice http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/
NOT-OD-02-012.html.

For information on process and procedure of requests for R-A-N-D resources, visit
the DTP web site http://dtp.nci.nih.gov/.  Inquiries are encouraged; the
opportunity to clarify issues or questions is welcome.  Academic investigators
may have collaborations with small-business partners and still qualify for
R-A-N-D funding.  Non-profit organizations other than universities may also
submit R-A-N-D applications.  Please note that a maximum of two distinct
requests for support per investigator can be submitted for each receipt date.

INQUIRIES:

For further information, contact:

RAND
Office of Associate Director
Developmental Therapeutics Program
National Cancer Institute
Executive Plaza North Building, Suite 8020
6130 Executive Blvd. 
Rockville, MD 20852
Tel: 301-496-8720; Fax: 301-402-0831
RAND@dtpax2.ncifcrf.gov


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