NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN

1. HOW TO APPLY:
To participate in the Attune® NxT Acoustic Flow Cytometer Grant Program (the “Program”), you must submit your online Grant Application (the “Application”) at lifetechnologies.com/attunegrant.  All required information on the Application form must be completed. Additionally, the submitter must review and accept these Program Official Rules. Only one Application per laboratory is permitted. The Application must be received by Sponsor between March 16, 2015 and 11:59 p.m. US Pacific Time on July 31, 2015. By applying, you represent that you and your institution or employer are not prohibited by employment, law, regulation, industry code of conduct or the policies or practices of your institution or employer from participating. The Program is void wherever prohibited or where registration or bonding is required, and is subject to all applicable laws and applicable industry codes of conduct.

2. ELIGIBILITY:
The Program is open only to academic, not-for-profit research institutions or commercial entities located in Europe (excluding Belgium, Finland, Italy, Russia and Sweden) or the Middle East (excluding Iran and Syria) whose representative is 21 years of age or older as of March 15, 2015 and has submitted a completed Application. The person submitting the Application is the applicant (“Applicant”) and is entering on behalf of their employer, which will be the recipient of the grant (“Grant Recipient”).  Applicant warrants that they have obtained any necessary permission to submit an Application to this Program and authorization from their employer or responsible supervisor.  Void where this promotion or acceptance of a grant is prohibited or restricted by law or subject to registration or other procedures that Sponsor may not have undertaken are ineligible to participate in this promotion and shall be ineligible for any grant awarded in this promotion. Determination of eligibility is at Sponsor’s sole discretion. affiliates, subsidiaries, distributors and other sales intermediaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies of Sponsor, and immediate family members and employees, officers and directors of Sponsor or those living in their same household, are not eligible to participate. Individuals entering on behalf of their institution/employer give permission on behalf of themselves and their institution to Sponsor to contact them and their institution about Sponsor’s products and services, whether or not participant is selected to receive a grant.

Healthcare Professionals may not participate in this promotion. The term Healthcare Professionals includes, without limitation, individuals (clinical or non-clinical physicians (MDs and MDs/Ph.D.s), physician assistants, nurses, technicians, researchers and research coordinators, administrators and purchasing personnel) practicing individually or working for any entities (including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing facilities, home health agencies, clinics and group purchasing organizations, managed care organizations, physician group practices, health insurance organizations) and are involved in the provision of health care services or in the context of their profession use, procure or sell medicinal products or medical devices.

Government Officials may not participate in this promotion.  Government Official shall mean: (i) Any officer or employee of a government or any department, agency or instrument of a government; (ii) Any person acting in an official capacity for or on behalf of a government or any department, agency, or instrument of a government; (iii) Any officer or employee of a company or business owned in whole or part by a government; (iv) Any officer or employee of a public international organization such as the World Bank or United Nations, the European Union or the World Health Organization; (v) Any officer or employee of a political party or any person acting in an official capacity on behalf of a political party; and/or (vi) Any candidate for political office. Void where prohibited, licensed, or restricted by federal, state, provincial, or local laws, regulations, or agency/institutional policy.

3. OBJECTIVE OF PROGRAM:
The objective of this Program is to provide funding to organizations pursuing innovative ideas that advance scientific understanding.  Through this Program, the Sponsor seeks to support innovation in research and development, help to define the next generation of scientific breakthroughs and reward and enable important research by providing vital instrumentation to organizations pursuing innovative experiments.

4. GUIDELINES FOR ABSTRACT:
Your abstract in the Application should set forth one or two specific aims defining how you would use acoustic cytometry to advance your research.  Your abstract must consist of no more than 1000 words in the English language.  Following is a non-exhaustive list of suggested research areas:

  • Immunology
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Cell Biology
  • Systems Biology
  • Cancer research
  • Microbiology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Neuroscience research

Abstracts must relate to research use only applications.  No abstracts relating to diagnostic use applications will be accepted.
Applications that include personally–identifiable information or patient data, or that propose to disclose personally-identifiable information or patient data, will be excluded from consideration for participation in the Program.

5. CRITERIA FOR SELECTION AS A FINALIST AND OF THE GRANT RECIPIENT:
Submitted Applications will be judged by a panel of twelve judges with backgrounds in Research & Development, Engineering, Marketing and Product Management.
Applications will be judged on the following criteria:
1. Significance:  Does this study address an important problem?  If the aims of the Application are achieved, how will scientific knowledge be advanced?  What will be the effect of these studies in the given field of life science? (25%)
2. Approach/Content:  Are the conceptual framework, design, methods, and analyses adequately developed, well integrated, well-reasoned, and appropriate to the aims of the project? (20%)
3. Innovation:  Is the project original and innovative?  For example, does the project challenge existing paradigms; address an innovative hypothesis or critical barrier to progress in the field?  Does the project develop or employ novel concepts, approaches, methodologies, tools, or technologies for this area? (25%)
4. Creativity:  Does the project utilize and require acoustic cytometry?  Do the proposed studies benefit from the unique features of acoustic cytometry?  Are the proposed studies using acoustic cytometry to study a problem that could not be studied without acoustic cytometry? (20%)
5. Feasibility:  Is there evidence of institutional support?  Can the proposed studies be completed in the proposed timelines? (10%)

6. FINALISTS AND GRANT RECIPIENT:

Three finalists will be selected by the panel of judges from all eligible Applications received.  The three finalists will be notified by approximately August 28, 2015, and each finalist will be asked to provide a detailed PowerPoint presentation relating to their proposed project no later than approximately September 11, 2015, which provides additional details around their specific aims and preliminary data to support their Application. The presentation should include an introduction and background describing the proposed research, any publications that reference the Applicant’s prior work on their project, methods describing the overall study design, data to support the scientific designs, the next steps if the project is successful, the impact the project will have to the field of life science research, and the Principal Investigator’s CV.  Failure to provide the requested document by the deadline will result in disqualification and selection of an alternative finalist by the panel of judges.  Alternative finalists will be give three (3) calendar days to provide the requested documents.  Each finalist will be asked to provide an approximately 15-minute WebEx presentation of their PowerPoint slides before the panel of judges during the week of September 14-18, 2015. Based upon the criteria set forth above, the judges will then select one Grant Recipient from among the three finalists. The Applicant for the winning Grant Recipient will be notified on approximately September 30, 2015.  A fifteen minute question and answer session will follow each presentation.  After that, one Grant Recipient will be selected from the three finalists as a winner based on the criteria set forth in Section 5 above.

7. NOTIFICATION and APPLICANT’S and GRANT RECIPIENT’S OBLIGATIONS:
The three finalists and the Applicant for the Grant Recipient will be notified by email or mail.  Any notification returned as undeliverable may result in disqualification.  The grant is not transferable; no substitutions or cash equivalents are allowed except by Sponsor.  The Applicant and Grant Recipient will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Assignment of Rights/Publicity Release (where legal) and the Grant Recipient will be required to execute and return an Acceptance of Grant document.  Each document must be signed and returned to the Sponsor within 10 days of notification attempt.  If the Applicant and/or Grant Recipient fail to return these documents by the deadline, the grant will be forfeited and an alternate recipient may be determined, based on the criteria set forth above. TAXES, INCLUDING SALES, FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL TAX, IF ANY, RELATED TO THE AWARD ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GRANT RECIPIENT AND SPONSOR WILL, IF APPLICABLE, ISSUE A 1099-MISC TO THE GRANT RECIPIENT.  The Sponsor will be responsible for customs clearance and any related charges.  No responsibility or liability is assumed for damages, losses or injury resulting from acceptance or use of any grant. All other expenses and costs not expressly listed above are the Grant Recipient’s sole responsibility.
The Applicant will be notified of their selection as the winner on approximately September 30, 2015.  By participating, the Applicant and Grant Recipient agree to these Official Rules and the Thermo Scientific Terms and Conditions of Sale.  The determination of each of the three finalists and the Grant Recipient by Sponsor shall be final and binding in all respects.  Acceptance of the grant constitutes permission to use the Grant Recipient’s name, and if, he or she has executed a Publicity Release, information related to the Applicant who entered the Program on behalf of the Grant Recipient.  Such information may include, but not be limited to, biographical information, likeness and company information without further compensation, except where prohibited by law and as otherwise provided herein.  No information regarding judging or selection will be disclosed.
The Applicant and lead researcher will have to ensure full transparency within its employer and institution and must fully disclose the support provided by Sponsor in all oral or written presentations of the results of the research.

8. AWARD:
One Grant Recipient will be selected from the three finalists to receive an Attune® NxT Acoustic Cytometer.  The approximate retail value of the Attune® NxT Acoustic Cytometer is $198,100 (USD), and includes a starter pack of reagents (approximate retail value of $180 USD).  The Attune® NxT Acoustic Cytometer will be shipped to the Grant Recipient free of charge within approximately 4-6 weeks and will be covered by a standard warranty.  Additionally, the Sponsor will install the instrument at the Grant Recipient’s location free of charge and provide free training (approximate retail value of $1200 USD) for up to four people within two months of receipt of the instrument.  If shipment of the instrument across a country’s border requires an import permit, it will be the Grant Recipient’s responsibility to obtain the required permit.

9. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:
Ownership of the pre-existing underlying intellectual property of the participant remains the property of the participant subject to Sponsor's rights to reprint, display, reproduce, perform, use and exhibit the Application and any results for the purpose of administering and promoting the Program and for Sponsor's marketing and advertising purposes.  By participating in the Program, each participant grants to Sponsor a non-exclusive, worldwide, fully paid, royalty-free, perpetual, transferable license to reprint, display, reproduce, perform, use and exhibit (including the right to make derivative works of) the Application and materials, and information submitted on and in connection with the Program or use or receipt of the grant, as well as materials and information provided by Sponsor for the purposes of running this Program, and the results.  Each participant hereby warrants that any Application and other materials and information provided by participant, and any results, are original with participant and do not violate or infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property, or other rights of any person or entity, and do not violate any rules or regulations.  If the Application or information or materials provided by participant, and any results, contain any material or elements that are not owned by participant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, participant represents that he or she has obtained, prior to submission of the Application and information or materials, and any results, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit use and display of the Application, information and materials, and results by Sponsor in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation.

10. GENERAL RULES:
Return of any grant or grant notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and alternate determination.  By participating in this Program, participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, and that information provided is subject to Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, available here.  Sponsor is not responsible for technical, hardware, software or telephone malfunctions of any kind; lost or unavailable network connections; or failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled or delayed electronic communications caused by the user or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Program, or by any human error that may occur in the processing of the online Application in this Program.  Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any participant who tampers or attempts to tamper with the Application process or the operation of the Program or website; violates the Official Rules; or acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.  Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Program may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person and participant to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Sponsor's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.  Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Program if it is not capable of running as planned due to circumstances including, but not limited to, infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other problems beyond the control of Sponsor.  Sponsor and each of its respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents and employees will have no liability or responsibility for any claim arising in connection with participation in this Program or any grant.  Each Applicant and Grant Recipient assumes all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, by participation in this Program or use or redemption of any grant.  Sponsor has no liability for any costs incurred by participants in entering this Program.

11. RELEASE/LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY:
YOU HEREBY HOLD SPONSOR HARMLESS FROM AND AGAINST ANY THIRD-PARTY CLAIM ARISING FROM USE OF THE PROGRAM, THE APPLICATION, OR THE RESULTS.  SPONSOR AND ITS AGENTS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST, LATE, DAMAGED, MISDIRECTED, ILLEGIBLE, INCOMPLETE OR MUTILATED APPLICATIONS; OR FOR ANY COMPUTER, ONLINE, TELEPHONE OR TECHNICAL MALFUNCTIONS, DELAYS OR HUMAN ERRORS THAT OCCUR IN THE PROCESSING, TRANSMISSION OR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS; OR FOR INACCURATE TRANSCRIPTION OF APPLICATION INFORMATION; OR FOR APPLICATIONS THAT ARE STOLEN, MISDIRECTED, GARBLED, LOST OR DELAYED BY COMPUTER TRANSMISSIONS; OR IF FOR ANY REASON THE PROGRAM IS NOT CAPABLE OF BEING CONDUCTED AS PLANNED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO INFECTION BY COMPUTER VIRUSES, BUGS, TAMPERING, UNAUTHORIZED INTERVENTION, FRAUD, TECHNICAL FAILURES OR OTHER CAUSES BEYOND THE CONTROL OF SPONSOR.  SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT AT ITS SOLE DISCRETION TO CANCEL, TERMINATE, MODIFY OR SUSPEND THE PROGRAM.  SPONSOR IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR INCORRECT OR INACCURATE APPLICATION INFORMATION, WHETHER CAUSED BY INTERNET USERS OR BY ANY OF THE EQUIPMENT OR PROGRAMMING ASSOCIATED WITH OR UTILIZED IN THE PROGRAM, OR BY ANY TECHNICAL OR HUMAN ERROR THAT MAY OCCUR IN THE PROCESSING OF THE APPLICATIONS IN THE PROGRAM.

12. CHOICE OF LAW; VENUE:
Any disputes in connection with this Program will be resolved in the appropriate courts in San Diego, California, and will be subject to the laws of California, exclusive of its conflicts of laws principles.

13. SPONSOR:
The Sponsor of the Program is Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. 29851 Willow Creek Road, Eugene, OR 97402, USA.  To obtain the name of the Grant Recipient, send a request with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Bonnie Bell, Thermo Fisher Scientific, 29851 Willow Creek Road, Eugene, OR 97402, USA.