Florida Translational Research Program Seeks Proposals of High-Throughput Screening-Ready Assays

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona and the Florida Department of Health invite qualifying applicants to submit proposals of high-throughput screening (HTS)-ready assays as part of the Florida Translational Research Program (FTRP). All researchers from Florida public and private colleges and universities, as well as nonprofit research institutions operating within Florida are eligible to apply. The application period extends from November 15 until December 19, 2012. The program provides access to Sanford-Burnham’s state-of-the-art drug discovery platform and expertise.

“The purpose of the program is to establish a pipeline of potential new medicines based on laboratory research discoveries. It provides Florida-based scientists with access to experienced professionals and advanced technologies at Sanford-Burnham, such as our Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics, a robotic ultra-high-throughput, high-content screening center” says Layton Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor and director, drug discovery and pharmacology, at Sanford-Burnham at Lake Nona. “Our goal is to facilitate an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to developing new treatments for today’s most challenging diseases, right here in Florida.”

The first year of the FTRP is a pilot phase with three project slots available; the number of projects is expected to increase next year. Applications are invited from investigators who have already developed innovative assays for use both in basic research and in therapeutics development, and who are interested in having their assay screened utilizing Sanford-Burnham’s small-molecule library. In the future the program will accept proposals forprojects that may not yet be HTS-ready and may require assay development services from the Institute.

Successful applicants will be notified in February 2013. The program is funded by the State of Florida through the Florida Department of Health and is administered by Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona. To learn more about the FTRP and to apply for the program, please visit sanfordburnham.org/ftrp.