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The Atlanta University Center Dual Degree Engineering Program has been made aware of this opportunity through BP. The AUC DDEP operates in the AUC Consortium to coordinate engineering and liberal arts education for students of the AUC Dual Degree Engineering Program. We are a non-profit organization working with 15 institutions of higher education. We, the AUC DDEP, would like to act as the lead for this effort and need to ensure this meets the criteria established by the GRI RB. Please advise.

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We cannot certify that a consortia of organizations meets the criteria/requirements of RFP-I nor specify which institution could be/should be the Lead Institution. We can only draw your attention to relevant sections of the RFP-I that we believe pertinent to the question.

These are:

pg. 7 of RFP-I

"In general, the Research Consortia shall consist of Research Institutions in the Gulf Coast States, provided that Research Institutions outside of the Gulf Coast States may be members of or participate in partnerships with such Research Consortia, to the extent required to ensure the delivery of high-quality scientific studies in fulfillment of the objectives and ultimate goal of the GRI."

pg. 9 of RFP-I

"Each Research Consortium will be administered at a US academic or non-profit research institution (the Lead Research Institution). It is anticipated that the Lead Research Institution will be located in a Gulf State. However, the selection will be made by the Research Board based on the evaluation criteria delineated in the RFP-I. The collaborating members or institutions participating in each Consortium should bring world-class capabilities into the Consortium and may be drawn as needed from US and foreign universities and government laboratories, federally funded research and development centers, and other US and non-US institutions with unique, world-class capabilities."

pgs. 20-21 of  RFP-I

"Section V: Evaluation Criteria

Guidance regarding evaluation of the proposals is as follows, with Scientific Merit a primary consideration.

Scientific Merit (40%)

    * What are the scope, quality, and potential for fundamentally significant results of the proposed research?
    * Do the organizations involved have a demonstrated record of scientific achievement in the relevant science?
    * Is there a clear enunciation of how the research will address the goals of improving the environmental robustness of the Gulf of   
       Mexico and/or the related issues of public health?

Capability (18%)

    * What is the expertise of the members of the proposed Research Consortium in the relevant research domains?
    * Can the proposed Research Consortium access key personnel and supporting infrastructure to launch their activities in a timely
    * Have the participating Consortium members been chosen appropriately to ensure that the infrastructure (sampling systems, research
       vessels, analyzers, modeling capability and computational facilities, data management systems, long-term monitoring sites, personnel
       with substantial local expertise where applicable, etc.) is already in place or able to be lined up in short order to support the planned
    * Does the proposed Research Consortium have all the relevant competencies to undertake the work contemplated in this proposal?
       Will the work be sufficiently integrated across the collaborating institutions to deliver the research objectives?

 Experience (18%)

    * What is the track record of the members of the proposed Research Consortium in the delivery of focused, cooperative research?
    * Has the proposed Research Consortium been effective in recruiting world-class talent into their Consortium of participating
    * Have faculty members or key researchers been recruited recently, or are positions now contemplated in the participating institutions,
       to expand expertise in the relevant research domains?

Public Education and Outreach (6%)

    * What are the scope, quality, and potential for the proposed public education and outreach activities?
    * What is the track record of the members of the Research Consortium in the delivery of public education and outreach activities that
       are effectively coordinated with professional scientific research activities?

Management (18%)

    * Will the governance structure proposed in the Research Consortium support delivery of the GRI objectives including adherence to all,
       provisions specified in the GRI MRA.
    * What limitations (e.g., Research Consortium’s policies, rules, or regulations) will affect the operation of the GRI as contemplated in this
    * Is there sufficient administrative support for co-PIs and associated research staff at collaborating institutions, and for coordination
       with the Research Consortium?
    * Will the research agreement provisions executed with the proposed Research Consortium be able to cascade down to the subgrants
       for the collaborating institutions to simplify the contract terms and administrative requirements?

    * What is the value of the anticipated research outcomes to advancing knowledge within the major research themes of the GRI from a
       cost-effectiveness perspective? How will the specific research projects undertaken be centralized within the Research Consortium or
       alternately distributed among various universities or various departments within a university? How will the governance structure
       maintain the required balance of effort and resources?
    * Is the research timeline realistic and are appropriate facilities available for the duration of the project?
    * Are the overhead charges reasonable for the proposed Research Consortium and for work performed at collaborative institutions?"
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