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For our proposed research, we will need an oil sample. Should we request a sample ahead of the proposal submission?

1 Answer

Not necessarily, but reviewers and the Research Board assume that investigators possess or have access to sufficient sample material to conduct the proposed research.

Please also consider the following statements from RFP-V:

"Reference to personnel, facilities, equipment, vessels, experimental and standards materials and other resources in the proposal is considered verification that all are available; evidence to the contrary may lead to return without review."

"The source and availability of reference materials (e.g., oil and dispersants) should be clearly identified. All proposals involving analyses of samples to determine the presence and concentrations of oil compounds should make provisions in their budget to purchase an adequate supply of National Institute of Standards and Technology Standard Reference Material 2779 “Gulf of Mexico Crude Oil” to use in their Quality Assurance / Quality Control procedures. For research concerned with fates and effects of oil without or with dispersants (or similar experiments), those submitting proposals should be aware that the BP storage facility has a limited, unguaranteed supply of oils from the Gulf of Mexico related to the Deepwater Horizon Mississippi Canyon Block 252 event to distribute for research. Other sources of petroleum (gas and oil) may be needed to conduct proposed research."
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