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Help with the CSAS Accession System

The Advanced Technology Program (ATP) services are available to all National Cancer Institute laboratories.  ATP also provides services for all NIH institutes as well as other federal agencies such as FDA, USAMRIID, USDA and others*.  Core service requests for work by the ATP laboratories can be made on-line using the Core Service Accession System (CSAS).  After you have created a CSAS account, please select the appropriate ATP laboratory for you service request and enter the requested information.

NOTE: We encourage requestors to speak with the appropriate ATP Director or Group Leader before submitting a request on-line.  This almost always saves time later.

In order to complete your request for services, you must provide the e-mail address of your Administrative Officer (or Approving Official) that has fiscal authority to review your budget.  Note that the most frequent cause of delay in executing a CSAS request is the fiscal authorization.  You may want to speak directly with your AO if he/she is not experienced with these transactions.

1.  Go to the Accession System web site:

2.  At the Accession System web site choose from either “I have used this system before” or “I am a new user” and follow the directions. Your description of the work to be performed can be based on discussions with your ATP laboratory point of contact.

If you have used the system before but have forgotten your password, go to the “I forgot my password” option on the left of the web page. Enter the information requested. You will receive an e-mail containing your password.

If you have never used the system before, the system will guide you through the registration process. (You will need to know your Administrative Officer and provide his/her e-mail address.)

3.  Be sure to select from the pull-down menu the appropriate ATP laboratory for your service request. Type a brief description of your request into the appropriate box.

You must enter the e-mail address of your Administrative Officer or approving official (AO), who has fiscal authority to review your budget. When you submit your request, an e-mail is sent to the service laboratory for a cost estimate.

4.  Partial funding for some projects is available from the NCI-Frederick Office of the Director Research Support (ODRS) Program.  You can check the ODRS funding request box at this point. If you choose this funding option, you should also indicate whether or not you are a member of CCR. Criteria for ODRS funding can be found at

5.  The ATP laboratory that you have identified will prepare a cost estimate and enter it into the system. The system then sends you an e-mail that details this cost information.

6.  Upon receiving a cost estimate, return to the CSAS web site and either accept or reject it.

7.  If you accept the cost estimate, the system will send an e-mail to NCI-Frederick OD for scope review by the Assistant Project Officers for ATP.

8.  Following scope approval, your AO will need to approve the expenditure by e-mail.

For ATP-specific ODRS requests, the system will also solicit approval from OD (if non-CCR, Assistant Project Officer for ATP) or CCR (Associate Director, Office of  Science & Technology Partnerships [OSTP]).  ODRS funding may be granted for up to 50% of the cost estimate, or possibly more with ATP-specific requests from CCR investigators.

9.  Upon approval, the system will notify the appropriate ATP service and work on your pilot project will begin. If disallowed, please follow up with your AO, or OD, or CCR (see #8 above) if ODRS funding was requested, before reengaging the ATP.

The ATP laboratory will begin work on your request after all fiscal approvals have been received.

If you run into any difficulties, please contact Jeff Lake or Bruce Crise.

*The NCI charges overhead for work done for non-NCI institutes at NIH and other agencies.  Please check with your administrative officer as some institutes pay for this overhead out of administrative funds.

Revised:  December 22, 2010

Page last updated January 11, 2011 @ 8:25 am