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   Research &
   Development
Granting Guidelines
  and Procedures
      August 2004
PRAC R&D Granting Guidelines and Procedures

                                                   Table of Contents
1    Introduction ........................................................................................................................... 3
2    Source of Research Funds .................................................................................................... 3
3    PRAC R&D Objectives and Measures of Success ............................................................. 4
  3.1     R&D Funding Objectives ............................................................................................... 4
  3.2     R&D Measures of Success.............................................................................................. 5
4    Funding Mechanisms ............................................................................................................ 6
  4.1     Targeted Call for Research Proposals ............................................................................. 7
     4.1.1     PRAC/NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Program ..................... 8
  4.2     Transfer to Usability (TTU) Projects .............................................................................. 9
  4.3     Facilitated Joint Projects (including JIPs and Contract Research) ............................... 10
5    Schedule and Deadlines for Research Proposals ............................................................. 11
  5.1     Targeted Calls for Research Proposals ......................................................................... 11
  5.2     Transfer to Usability (TTU) Projects ............................................................................ 11
  5.3     Facilitated Joint Projects (JIPs/ Contract Research) ..................................................... 11
6    Proposal Selection Process ................................................................................................. 12
7    Proposal Development ........................................................................................................ 13
  7.1     Proposal Identification .................................................................................................. 13
  7.2     Preliminary Proposal Submission ................................................................................. 14
  7.3     Screening of Proposals .................................................................................................. 14
  7.4     Technical Evaluation of Proposals................................................................................ 14
     7.4.1     Technical Ranking of Targeted Call Research Proposals .................................... 16
     7.4.2     Technical Ranking Criteria for TTU Proposals ................................................... 16
     7.4.3     Technical Ranking Criteria for Facilitated Joint Project and JIP Proposals ...... 17
8    Proposal Selection ............................................................................................................... 17
  8.1     RSC Ranking Criteria for Targeted Call Proposals ...................................................... 18
  8.2     RSC Ranking Criteria for TTU Proposals .................................................................... 18
  8.3     RSC Ranking Criteria for Facilitated Joint Projects or JIP Proposals .......................... 18
9    Proposal Approval and Award .......................................................................................... 19
                                                     APPENDICES
10 PRAC Proposal Format Guidelines .................................................................................. 20
  10.1 General Presentation ..................................................................................................... 20
  10.2 Preliminary Proposal Guidelines .................................................................................. 21
  10.3 PRAC Full Proposal Format Guidelines ....................................................................... 24
  10.4 PRAC TTU Proposal Format Guidelines ..................................................................... 29
  10.5 Standard Award Agreement .......................................................................................... 35
  10.6 PRAC PROJECT AMENDMENT APPROVAL FORM ............................................. 44
11 Proposal Evaluation Committees (PECs) ......................................................................... 58
     11.1.1 Proposal Evaluation Committees ......................................................................... 58
     11.1.2 PEC Review Process ............................................................................................. 59
     11.1.3 Technical Ranking of Targeted Call Research Proposals .................................... 61
     11.1.4 Technical Ranking of Targeted Call Research Proposals .................................... 62
  11.2 PEC Conflict of Interest Guidelines ............................................................................. 63
  11.3 Research Selection Committee/ Proposal Evaluation Committee ................................ 64


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1 Introduction
           Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada’s (PRAC’s) mandate is to foster, fund, and facilitate within Atlantic
           Canada, inter-disciplinary research and development related to oil and gas and the diffusion of that
           knowledge, in fields such as:

                   Engineering;
                   Natural and Human Sciences;
                   Environment;
                   Public Policy and Socio-economics; and
                   Education and Training.

           PRAC funds Atlantic Canada research and development in order to:

                   Achieve practical outcomes through the transfer of research results to identified receptors with the
                    potential to solve industry problems;
                   Build linkages and create synergies between the research community and petroleum related sectors
                    locally and abroad; and
                   Create jobs and add value by strengthening petroleum related R&D capacity in Atlantic Canada.

           PRAC also supports workshops, conferences, and symposia to generate dialogue between researchers and
           the petroleum industry in order to increase the understanding of current and emerging issues and associated
           research needs and priorities.

           This manual is intended to provide information to researchers so they understand PRAC’s objectives,
           operating philosophies, and procedures. By reviewing the information contained herein researchers should
           be able to develop robust research and development proposals that meet PRAC review standards.


2 Source of Research Funds
           PRAC is a federally incorporated, not for profit, public private partnership. It receives cash and in-kind
           contributions from its members in order to fulfill its mandate. Cash contributions for research and
           development projects come directly from PRAC industry members. Industry members expect a return on
           their investment and, as such, PRAC is committed to supporting research that is likely to generate practical
           results and improve the competitiveness of the Atlantic Canada oil and gas community.

                                                                                                   1
           PRAC will fund research and/or development projects that fall between Basic Research and Prototype
           Development in the Innovation-Commercialization Spectrum.




1
    Refer to PRAC Definitions (Appendix A) to better understand what PRAC means by these terms


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3 PRAC R&D Objectives and Measures of Success
     PRAC has identified objectives that it hopes to achieve through the funding of R&D projects. Associated
     measures of success help gauge how effective the R&D projects were in meeting the objectives.

     Researchers are encouraged to review these objectives and measures of success to help them focus on
     practical deliverables for their research proposals.


3.1 R&D Funding Objectives
     PRAC supports research that will:

     A. Develop solutions to challenges facing the Atlantic Canada petroleum sector in order to add value and
        increase the competitiveness of the region.
     B. Strengthen communication between researchers and stakeholders in order to achieve efficient and
        effective transfer of research results and technology to identified receptors.
     C. Strengthen cooperation, linkages and synergy between researchers, government and industry.
     D. Capitalize on existing capacity to generate new knowledge and develop expertise in selected areas of
        interest for the Atlantic Canadian petroleum sector.
     E. Leverage PRAC funding to significantly increase the amount of research generated.
     F. Train and develop highly qualified personnel in priority areas consistent with the future human
        resource requirements in the public or private sectors.
     G. Provide opportunities for local researchers and enterprises to participate in international activities with
        Atlantic Canada implications.
     H. Avoid duplication and overlap in activities in order to maximize the impact of research funds.
     I. Foster R&D in Atlantic Canada that generates outcomes that have the potential to lead to uptake by
        industry that would add value to the Atlantic economy.




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3.2 R&D Measures of Success
          PRAC tracks research activities, outputs, and outcomes to evaluate a project’s success in relation to the
          PRAC R&D Objectives. Researchers need to address these measures in their proposals, work activities,
          and deliverables to engender a focus on practical research and transferring research knowledge through to
          usability. Explicitly addressing these measures also allows the researcher and PRAC to clearly
          communicate the purpose and value of the research.

          The following is the full list of measures which will have different weighting depending on the particular
          research program that the researcher is applying to, i.e. grants versus TTU.

                                                 Quantitative Measures
                  New products, services, markets, policy, etc. developed
                  New JIP’s between academic, government and industry groups
                  Interactions (# and type) between researcher and receptors for research
                  design/conduct/dissemination
                  Research publications in peer-reviewed journals, trade journals, petroleum conference proceedings
                  Collaborations between researchers/researchers and researchers/companies
                  Measurable increases in research capacity, including new people, new skills or new tools
                  Amount and types of leveraged support provided and/or attributed to the project
                  Number of students engaged and exposed to industry practices and needs
                  Interactions and exchange between local researchers and international organizations/researchers
                  Funds and support provided by other research organizations

                                                 Qualitative Measures2
                  Stakeholders apply or consider research results in operations and practices, incl. standards and
                  regulations
                  Stakeholders are made aware of research results and the practical follow-on applications
                  Improved interaction between researcher and stakeholders, for research design, conduct and
                  dissemination
                  Research enhances the level/quality of interaction between researchers/companies/industry
                  Research develops enhanced technical facilities and capabilities for future investment/activity
                  Project develops or locates new sources and kinds of leveraged support
                  Research team benefits from exposure to industry practices and needs
                  Research increases regional collaboration with international activities or groups




2
    Qualitative measures should be documented (nature and quantity of interactions) so results can be verified and
    evaluated.


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     PRAC recognizes that research results will have short, intermediate and long-term outcomes. PRAC will
     undertake brief follow-on assessments with project leaders for completed projects to capture and report on
     additional research outcomes that were not accounted for at project completion.

                             Follow-Up Measures (12,24 and 36 Month)
            New employment, new markets or new revenue generated.
            Follow-on R&D activity generated by PRAC-funded research results.
            Research results are advanced towards commercialization through technology transfer.
            Number of graduate students subsequently employed in the regional (and national) petroleum
            industry.
            Awards or commendations from peer/professional/industry groups recognizing excellence.

     Clear understanding of the PRAC Research Objectives and Measures of Success makes the PRAC final
     report and follow-up assessments (12, 24 and 36 month) a logical, straightforward accounting of the
     research activities undertaken.



4 Funding Mechanisms
     PRAC’s research and development objectives emphasize transferring knowledge (research & development)
     through to implementation (by identified end users). Research and development results need to be more
     effectively communicated to and applied by receptors whether they are industry, regulators, policy makers,
     environmental or community groups, or companies that will develop the research into commercial products
     with value to themselves and to the Atlantic Canada petroleum industry. PRAC will continue to use the
     research funds contributed by its industry members to support high priority topics that are strategically
     important to Atlantic Canada. However, PRAC is expanding its research funding mechanisms in order to
     increase and improve the uptake of research results.

     Research and development project funding will be divided into two streams, depending upon the access to
     intellectual property generated by the research: Public Domain Research and Development and
     Restricted Research and Development.

     The Public Domain R&D Project Stream encompasses projects typically undertaken to advance public
     knowledge in specific areas in order to reduce risks or uncertainties related to petroleum development. The
     Intellectual Property can be owned by the researcher (subject to their corporate policy). In most cases the
     final project report and data where appropriate is available to PRAC members.

     The Restricted R&D Project Stream encompasses projects typically developed by companies or
     individuals to advance knowledge for commercial or competitive gain. Typically, they do not divulge all of
     the intellectual property to the general public. A restricted report will be available to PRAC members
     interested in the research, however it will not divulge intellectual property that is deemed to be of
     significant commercial advantage.




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     PRAC will promote three (3) types of projects to support these two streams:

              1.   Targeted Call for Research Projects
                       Single Grants (short-term up to 1 year); or
                       Renewable Grants (2-3 years)

              2.   Transfer to Usability Projects;

              3.   Facilitated Joint Projects (may involve either Public Domain or Restricted R&D)
                       Joint Industry Projects (JIPs) or
                       Contracted Research Projects

     All three mechanisms can be funded out of PRAC’s pooled R&D funds, but the Facilitated Joint Projects
     will be largely funded directly by companies or groups that are interested in applying or receiving the
     research and development results.


        Funding Stream              Funding Mechanism                              Funding Amount
                                                                     -   50 - 70 % of available PRAC research
                                                                         funds
                                  Targeted Call Projects
         Public Domain                                               -   proposals to be submitted during yearly
           Research                                                      Targeted call
                                 Facilitated Joint Projects          -   up to 10% of available PRAC research
                                                                         funds to develop particular projects funded
                                 (Joint Industry Projects (JIPs)         directly by multiple stakeholders
                                               or                    -   PRAC helps broker/manage the project
                                 Contracted research projects)       -   proposals can be submitted at any time
      Restricted Research                                            -   20 - 40 % of available PRAC research
                               Transfer to Usability Projects
                                                                         funds
                                           (TTU)
                                                                     -   proposals can be submitted at any time

     Regardless of the mechanism used to request funds, project applicants must demonstrate industry need and
     support for the research and there must be clearly defined deliverables and a plan to transfer the results to
     the identified end users (regulators, industry, SMEs, policy makers, environmental, or community groups).

     Regardless of the funding mechanism used by an applicant, PRAC, upon review, may feel a different
     funding mechanism is more appropriate. If this is the case, PRAC will inform the proposal submitter of its
     decision and obtain their consent prior to moving the proposal to the new funding mechanism.


4.1 Targeted Call for Research Proposals
     PRAC recognizes that innovative ideas and concepts are often driven by researchers and companies in a
     bottom-up process and accordingly, PRAC will conduct Targeted calls to solicit research proposals. The
     goal of the PRAC call for proposals is to advance the state of knowledge and to enhance research capacity
     in areas of highest priority to the Atlantic Canada petroleum industry.

     There will be one scheduled Targeted Research call per calendar year which will usually take place in the
     fall. The call announcement will provide deadlines for proposal submission, proposal review and
     announcement of results. The call announcement will also identify the amount of research funds that will
     be awarded in that call. NSERC eligible researchers may make a joint application to NSERC and PRAC



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     for matching funds through the PRAC/NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Program (see
     Section 4.1.1).

     PRAC will identify specific R&D Themes that industry wishes to concentrate on during the Targeted Call.
     PRAC will identify these high priority research areas through feedback and discussion among different
     working groups and stakeholders. As noted above while specific themes have been identified as having a
     high priority, proposals may be submitted in any of PRAC’s five mandate areas (Engineering; Natural and
     Human Sciences; Environment; Public Policy & Socio-economics; and Education & Training). Innovative
     research that could significantly benefit Atlantic Canada’s oil and gas industry will be evaluated and ranked
     alongside the proposals addressing the specified themes.

     The Targeted Call for Research Proposals will be conducted in a five month window from November to
     March. It is extremely important that completion times be adhered to as failure to comply will render the
     proposal ineligible for the current call.

     Targeted Call proposals are restricted to projects that divulge all of the intellectual property to the general
     public (Public Domain Research Project Stream). The Targeted Call for Research Proposals will be
     conducted in a five month window from November to March to parallel the NSERC application schedule;
     however, companies and institutions not eligible for NSERC funding can still apply. It is extremely
     important that the completion date be adhered to as failure to comply will render the proposal ineligible for
     the current call.

     Proposals can be 1 to 3 years in duration to allow for graduate student recruitment and involvement. All
     proposals requesting multiple year project funding will be classified as “renewable grants” and will be
     funded in phase’s contingent upon milestones and measurable outcomes being met.

     All applicants submitting a proposal in a Targeted call must demonstrate industry need and support for the
     research and there must be clearly defined deliverables and a plan to transfer the results to the identified
     end user(s) (regulators, industry, SMEs, policy makers, environmental or community groups).

     PRAC will provide financial support for these proposals (up to a maximum of $50,000 per year) but PRAC
     expects the researcher to maximize leveraging from other sources, 3 to 4 times PRAC’s contribution.

     A three-year proposal would need very strong support and justification in terms of urgency, application,
     impact, leverage, and endorsement by the oil and gas industry. Applicants should first consider defining a
     shorter, smaller project, and adopt a phased approach to their research program.

     Targeted calls for proposals must be submitted using the PRAC R&D Proposal Form found in Section 10.3

4.1.1 PRAC/NSERC Collaborative Research and Development
      Program
     Under a 2003 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) NSERC and PRAC agreed to cooperate on funding
     petroleum related R&D in Atlantic Canada. NSERC has accepted PRAC as an industrial partner and
     recognizes PRAC research funds as eligible for NSERC matching through the NSERC CRD program
     (URL). The new CRD is unique in that PRAC and NSERC proposal evaluation process occurs in parallel,
     rather than awaiting PRAC approval prior to applying to NSERC. This will shorten the time frame by
     months. NSERC will become an active partner in PRAC research proposal selection and evaluation for
     those proposals that are NSERC-eligible (NSERC URL).

     Applicants from the academic community requesting matching funding from NSERC must clearly note on
     their application that they are applying to the PRAC/NSERC Collaborative Research & Development
     Program. This program is managed by PRAC and all applications must be submitted to PRAC during the


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     Targeted Call for Research proposals. Proposals that are received after the deadline date will not be
     accepted by PRAC or NSERC.

     Applications to the CRD program must meet all the requirements of both PRAC and NSERC for project
     approval. The applicant must complete the NSERC requirements by filling out the appropriate NSERC
     forms 100 & 101 which can be found at www.nserc.ca. The applicant is required to address PRAC’s
     requirements in the free form of their NSERC application. PRAC requirements can be found in the “PRAC
     Proposal Format Section”. Applicants are encouraged to contact PRAC’s Research Manager for further
     assistance and information regarding this program. Final details will be available on both NSERC and
     PRAC web sites prior to an announced Call for Proposals.

4.2 Transfer to Usability (TTU) Projects
     TTU projects will be used to help bridge the gap between Applied Research and Commercialization by
     supporting the Proof of Concept and/or Prototype Development phases. PRAC will assist with the proof of
     concept, bench testing, and prototype development processes and will help facilitate the hand-off to a
     commercialization organization (if required). These projects typically contain intellectual property that has
     commercial value and hence fall under the Restricted Research Project Stream.

     Transfer to usability proposals will generally arise as the second phase of a research project. During the
     initial phase a potential solution was recognized and it needs to be developed further. TTU projects do not
     have to be extensions of previously funded PRAC projects; they may be concepts developed outside of
     PRAC that need assistance in further development towards commerciality.

     TTU projects will typically be developed through an ongoing relationship between a researcher and a
     receptor company developed as a research project progresses from the Innovation stage through to
     Commercialization. Individual researchers may apply if they feel their research has commercial potential
     but they need to prove the concept in order to gain interest from the receptor/investor community prior to
     their investment in the project. Individual companies may apply if they have completed their applied
     research in-house (or in conjunction with a researcher) but need assistance in fabricating a working model
     that can be presented to their ultimate stakeholders.

     PRAC will provide financial support for TTU proposals to cover 50% of 3rd party costs used to perform
     detailed design, drawings and the fabrication/software development of a proof of concept model or a
     prototype model up to $50,000 (whichever is less). PRAC will not cover overheads associated with the
     project. The third party recipients must be based in Atlantic Canada and the work must be performed in
     Atlantic Canada. PRAC project funding will typically be 1 to 2 years.

     A TTU proposal must:
            •       have an innovative concept,
            •       show that the remaining financial obligations will be met,
            •       have a solid project team, and
            •       present a preliminary commercialization plan as an appendix to the proposal.

     TTU proposals should show significant participation from industry both financially and with personnel
     support. Additional funding should be available through ACOA, IRAP or the NSERC I2I initiative and
     PRAC strongly recommends researchers and receptor companies to investigate these opportunities.

     In view of the fact that these opportunities may arise at any time, PRAC will not hold a Targeted call for
     TTU projects. Each proposal will be addressed as it is proposed to PRAC, however, PRAC’s Screening,
     Technical Evaluation, Ranking and Project Award processes will still be followed.

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     TTU proposals must be submitted using the PRAC R&D Proposal Form found in Section 10.3. Prior to
     submitting a proposal the applicant must have the support from one of PRAC’s senior staff members to act
     as the project champion.

4.3 Facilitated Joint Projects (including JIPs and Contract Research)
     Facilitated Joint Projects are projects funded by the project’s direct stakeholders. PRAC’s role will vary
     depending on how the Joint Projects arise, how they are developed, and how the intellectual property is
     released. PRAC may act strictly as the project broker, assume a stakeholder position in the project, perform
     contracted research within the Joint Project, or a combination thereof.

     PRAC promotes dialogue between the petroleum industry and researchers on research needs and priorities
     in order to increase the understanding of current and emerging issues, and to disseminate the results of
     research. This dialogue may identify issues that, for reasons of timing, cost, complexity, confidentiality or
     protection of commercial potential are best addressed in a collaborative targeted approach where
     stakeholders provide direct funding and control the direction of the research and the application and
     distribution of research results. PRAC will act on its members’ behalf to actively identify, develop and
     market Facilitated Joint Projects to address these issues.

     Facilitated Joint Projects may also arise out of the Targeted Call for Research Proposals when the overall
     value of the project is recognized to be of greater scope and it is developed into a larger Public Domain
     project with more stakeholders and funders. Facilitated Joint Proposals may be proposed by researchers, or
     PRAC may review a proposal submitted under the Targeted Call for Proposals and recommend that it be
     transferred to a facilitated joint project.

     PRAC may be contracted to either develop or undertake specific aspects of research on behalf of facilitated
     joint project stakeholders. PRAC’s position as a neutral arms-length organization with broad membership
     support makes PRAC an appropriate vehicle to undertake a variety of Contract Research Projects.

     Most Joint Industry Projects (JIP) are proposed by a single entity when they are trying to progress a
     concept through the Transfer to Usability (TTU) phase. The size of the project makes it economically
     challenging for a single entity to handle; so they petition their end users for assistance. The intellectual
     property is usually retained by the researcher (subject to their corporate policy); however, JIP participants
     usually insist upon and negotiate, prior to project inception, reasonable secure access to the technology they
     helped develop. These projects fall under the Restricted Research Project Stream. PRAC will act as the
     broker that develops the JIP, solicit and secure membership, but otherwise remain outside of the JIP.

     Some strategic PRAC funding (typically up to $5,000 per project) may be reserved to help seed, identify
     and develop facilitated joint projects. Project funding itself will be provided by the project stakeholders
     (which may include PRAC) that agree to join the project. The decision on whether to financially support a
     particular facilitated joint project lies with each member organization; based upon their business objectives.




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     PRAC’s Executive Committee has the authority to authorize strategic funding, on an as needed basis, for a
     Facilitated Joint Project pending technical evaluation and selection recommendations.
     JIP proposals must be submitted using the PRAC R&D Proposal Form found in Section 10.3. For further
     information on JIP requirements contact PRAC’s Industry Outreach Manager.



5 Schedule and Deadlines for Research Proposals
5.1 Targeted Calls for Research Proposals
     The Targeted Call for Research Proposals will be conducted in a five month window from November to
     March to parallel the NSERC application schedule; however, companies and institutions not eligible for
     NSERC funding can still apply. Completion dates and time lines will need to be strictly adhered to, both
     by the applicant and PRAC.

   Announcement of Targeted Call for Research Proposals                                         September
   Submission of Full Proposal to PRAC Office                                             Early November
   Proposal Screening & Feedback                                                           Mid-November
   Initial Technical Evaluation & Requests for Revisions                                   Late December
   Revised Proposal Deadline                                                                 Mid-January
   Technical Evaluation Completed                                                           Late February
   Presentation to Research Selection Committee                                               Early March
   Selection Recommendations                                                                   Late March
   Award Announcements by PRAC Executive Director                                              Late March


     All proposals must be received by 4:30 pm on the date the call closes. No proposals will be accepted after
     the proposal submission deadline. Applicants must submit an electronic pdf copy of the file. All applicants
     will be notified via e-mail within two working days of the call closing acknowledging that the proposal has
     been received.

    Once proposals are received and acknowledged, proposals are logged by PRAC’s Research Associate into
    the database of proposals received, the proposal is assigned a file number, and hard copy information
    received is placed on file.

5.2 Transfer to Usability (TTU) Projects
     TTU proposals can be submitted to PRAC at any time for funding.


5.3 Facilitated Joint Projects (JIPs/ Contract Research)
     Facilitated Joint Projects including JIP’s and Contract Research proposals may be submitted to PRAC at
     any time for review and support.




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6 Proposal Selection Process
     Regardless of the funding mechanism applied for, the basic selection process remains similar. The primary
     differences being that Targeted Call for Research Proposals are subjected to a formalized call process while
     TTU Projects and Facilitated Joint Projects can be submitted for review at any time.

     Proposals submitted to PRAC typically undergo a five-part selection/approval process: Identification
     (PRAC or Proponent), Screening (PRAC), Technical Evaluation (PEC) (including External Review
     (PRAC) if required), Selection Recommendation (RSC), and Final Approval (PRAC Executive).

     1.   Research opportunities are identified by PRAC or Industry as discussed under Section 4 – Funding
          Mechanisms.

     2.   Researchers develop and submit Research Proposals to PRAC.
           Timing of proposal submission is dependent upon funding mechanism targeted.
           Targeted Call Proposals must be submitted in conjunction with a Targeted Call.
           TTU or JIP proposals may be submitted at any time.
           Preliminary proposals may be submitted at any time. They will be reviewed by PRAC Staff upon
              receipt. Based on additional feedback from PRAC’s technical and industry contacts, a
              determination will be made on the merits and potential for the proponent to develop a full proposal
              in sequence with the Targeted Call for Proposals or as a TTU or JIP Project.

     3.   PRAC’s R&D Manager and Research Associate screen all proposals to ensure eligibility and
          compliance with PRAC’s R&D Proposal Form.
           Proposals that do not meet PRAC proposal guidelines will be sent back to the applicant asking for
             revision and clarification by a date specified by PRAC. If the proposal is not re-submitted within
             that timeframe, it will be placed in sequence with the next call for proposals.
           If PRAC feels a different funding mechanism is more appropriate, PRAC will inform the applicant
             of its decision and obtain consent to transfer the proposal.

     4.   Full proposals are reviewed and evaluated by one or more Proposal Evaluation Committees (PECs).
           The role of the PEC is to review and evaluate the technical merit of the proposal.
           They may request clarification and/or revisions to the proposal. They may also submit the
               proposal to an External Peer review.
           Once the PEC is satisfied that it understands the technical merits of the proposal the PEC Chair
               presents the proposal to the Research Selection Committee (RSC).

     5.   The RSC evaluates the recommendations from the PECs and the external reviewer feedback and then
          weighs and ranks all of the proposals received.
           Top-ranked proposals are recommended for approval in accordance with the funds available for
              the research call.

     6.   The Executive Director and Executive Committee approve the release of funds for proposals
          recommended for funding by the RSC.




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           Proposal Phase                                       Stakeholder


                Award                                   PRAC Executive Director

               Approval                      PRAC Executive Director or Executive Board

              Selection
                                                  PRAC Review Selection Committee
           Recommendation

                                     External Peer
              Technical                 Review
              Evaluation
                                            PRAC relevant Proposal Evaluation Committee

               Screening                                PRAC Screening Process

                                    Annual Call for          Facilitated Joint        Transfer to
             Development
                                      Proposals                  Projects           Usability Projects

             Identification              PRAC                                            Industry




7 Proposal Development
         The following sections outline the policies and procedures to be followed for PRAC Targeted Call for
         Research Proposals. Where the Transfer to Usability and Facilitated Joint Project processes differ; they will
         be noted.

7.1 Proposal Identification
         PRAC will be targeting specific areas of research that are identified through feedback and discussions
         amongst different working groups and stakeholders.

         When a particular area(s) of research has been identified by the stakeholders as a priority PRAC will
         highlight research priorities in the Targeted Call for Research Proposals in order to build regional capacity
         in those specific research segments.

         While specific themes will have been identified as a high priority, proposals may be submitted in any of
         PRAC’s five mandate areas (Engineering; Natural and Human Sciences; Environment; Public Policy &
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         Socio-economics; and Education & Training) . Innovative research that could significantly benefit Atlantic
         Canada’s oil and gas industry will be evaluated and ranked alongside the proposals addressing the specified
         themes.


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  Applicants considering research projects outside the targeted research priority areas are encouraged to submit a
short preliminary proposal to PRAC for evaluation prior to developing a full proposal.


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7.2 Preliminary Proposal Submission
     Prior to expending a significant effort completing the formal PRAC R&D Proposal Form a researcher may
     submit a Preliminary Proposal. Atlantic Canada researchers are encouraged to submit R&D ideas to PRAC
     at any time in order to:

             Seek guidance on the relevance of the research or development idea,
             Seek guidance to identify other researchers or receptor companies to collaborate with, and
             Seek assistance on the best way to present the idea to PRAC’s evaluators

     Preliminary proposals may be submitted at any time on the “Preliminary Proposal Form” found in Section
     10.2. The Preliminary Proposal Form is the first two pages of the PRAC R&D Proposal Form so initial
     efforts expended to improve the researchers’ understanding of their idea will be useful during the formal
     submission.

     The preliminary proposal will be assigned a proposal number that will track it through subsequent process
     steps. It will go through an internal PRAC pre-evaluation. PRAC’s research staff will provide the lead
     Principal Investigator with advice on the proposal’s applicability, merit, potential collaborative partners,
     and recommended funding mechanism.

     PRAC, with approval from the lead Principal Investigator, may present the preliminary proposal to selected
     subject matter experts from industry to solicit their advice and reaction to the merits and potential viability
     of the R&D initiative.




7.3 Screening of Proposals
     Proposals will not be accepted and will be returned to the lead Investigator if the following information is
     not addressed or is incomplete:

             No evidence of preliminary engagement of local industry;
             Not properly formatted as per the PRAC Proposal Guidelines;
             No direct application to Atlantic Canada oil and gas issues;
             Leverage opportunities have not been explored;
             Incomplete and/or unclear budget information;
             Opportunities for Pan-Atlantic team not adequately addressed;
             Outside PRAC’s expressed areas of interest; and
             No formal letter indicating that the proposal has the support and backing of the proponent’s
              organization or institution.




7.4 Technical Evaluation of Proposals
     Proposals that pass the screening process are categorized according to PRAC’s mandate and forwarded to
     the relevant Proposal Evaluation Committee (PEC) for technical review (refer to PRAC Organization for
     further information on the PECs and their mandate). The PEC evaluates the proposal on scientific content,
     strategic value, proposal quality, and quality and character of its leverage and partnerships. The main focus
     of the PEC is to determine if the proposal is technically sound, of strategic priority and whether it has been



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     developed to the point where it should be considered for funding. The PEC may ask for clarification or
     revisions as appropriate, reject, or forward the proposal for external peer review. Often additional
     researchers or research end-users can be suggested through the broad range of PEC expertise.

     Recommendations for funding on proposals are based on committee consensus and external review
     feedback. If the PEC asks the applicant to address points raised by the Committee the applicant must
     address the questions and respond within the timeframe outlined in the letter. The applicant’s proposal will
     not go back to the PEC until the questions posed in the letter are adequately addressed. Proposals that
     address the request for modifications in the required timeframe will be forwarded to the appropriate PEC
     Chair and lead reviewer for final comment.

     Once the revisions are approved by the PEC Chair and lead reviewer, the PEC will convene (teleconference
     or e-mail) to either reject the proposal or recommend forwarding to the RSC for funding review.
     Applicants may request copies of external reviews once the RSC process is completed. The names of the
     reviewers will not be disclosed to the applicant.

     Technical PEC proposal evaluation will vary depending on the particular PRAC funding mechanism (e.g.,
     Open Call, TTU or Facilitated Joint Project). All Open Call Proposals will be reviewed by the full PEC. At
     least a subset of the appropriate PEC will review the TTU and Facilitated Joint proposals. The strong
     emphasis on commercialization with TTU projects may require additional market or commercial expertise
     to properly evaluate their potential. Facilitated Joint projects will be treated differently depending on how
     they were developed and the source of funds they will draw on. Those that require funds from the Directed
     Call Reserve will be reviewed by the PEC and RSC.




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7.4.1 Technical Ranking of Targeted Call Research Proposals
      Proposal Ranking Criteria                                                               Weight
      Strength and quality of research approach                                                   40
      Does the project identify a challenge relative to Atlantic Canada oil & gas community       20
      Is the challenge significant (on priority list)                                             20
      Will results improve competitiveness of Atlantic Canada industry                            20
      Are there clear, distinct and measurable deliverables                                       20
      Are deliverables achievable                                                                 20
      Are project management controls in place                                                    20
      Does research team have the expertise                                                       20
      Will results reduce environmental risk                                                      10
      Will results reduce human risk                                                              10
      Have receptors been identified                                                              10
      Are receptors engaged in the project                                                        10
      Have stakeholders been identified                                                           10
      Is there a plan to transfer knowledge/product to stakeholders.                              10
      Is new knowledge, local expertise being developed                                           10
      Is project duration reasonable                                                              10
      Is there collaboration between researcher and industry, or other researchers                10
      Does research team have proper equipment to perform project                                 10
      Have contingency plans been thought out, incorporated                                       10
      Total                                                                                      300


7.4.2 Technical Ranking Criteria for TTU Proposals
      TTU Proposal Ranking Criteria                                                           Weight
      Has sufficient research been conducted assure a reasonable expectation of success           40
      Does the project identify a challenge relative to Atlantic Canada oil & gas community       20
      Is the challenge significant (on priority list)                                             20
      Will results improve competitiveness of Atlantic Canada industry                            20
      Are receptors engaged in the project                                                        20
      Are there clear, distinct and measurable deliverables                                       20
      Are deliverables achievable                                                                 20
      Are project management controls in place                                                    20
      Does research team have the expertise                                                       20
      Will results reduce environmental risk                                                      10
      Will results reduce human risk                                                              10
      Have stakeholders been identified                                                           10
      Is there a plan to transfer knowledge/product to stakeholders.                              10
      Is new knowledge, local expertise being developed                                           10
      Is project manager qualified                                                                10
      Is project duration reasonable                                                              10
      Is there collaboration between researcher and industry, or other researchers                10
      Does research team have proper equipment to perform project                                 10
      Have contingency plans been thought out, incorporated                                       10
      Total                                                                                      300



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7.4.3 Technical Ranking Criteria for Facilitated Joint Project and JIP
      Proposals
      Facilitated Joint Project or Joint Industry Project Proposal Ranking Criteria                 Weight
      Strength and quality of research approach                                                         40
      Does the project identify a challenge relative to Atlantic Canada oil & gas community             20
      Is the challenge significant (on priority list)                                                   20
      Will results improve competitiveness of Atlantic Canada industry                                  20
      Are there clear, distinct and measurable deliverables                                             20
      Are deliverables achievable                                                                       20
      Are project management controls in place                                                          20
      Does research team have the expertise                                                             20
      Will results reduce environmental risk                                                            10
      Will results reduce human risk                                                                    10
      Have receptors been identified                                                                    10
      Are receptors engaged in the project                                                              10
      Have stakeholders been identified                                                                 10
      Is there a plan to transfer knowledge/product to stakeholders.                                    10
      Is new knowledge, local expertise being developed                                                 10
      Is project manager qualified                                                                      10
      Is project duration reasonable                                                                    10
      Is there collaboration between researcher and industry, or other researchers                      10
      Does research team have proper equipment to perform project                                       10
      Have contingency plans been thought out, incorporated                                             10
      Total                                                                                            300



8 Proposal Selection
     The Research Selection Committee (RSC) reviews the recommendations from all of the Proposal
     Evaluation Committees and weighs the proposals. The RSC is not intended to review the scientific merit of
     the proposals. Rather, the RSC compares proposals across PECs and compares and ranks them in terms of
     their value and impact against PRAC Research funding objectives.

     Once all proposals have been weighed, the RSC will review the funding available, balance and compare the
     proposals with respect to an overall PRAC portfolio, rank the proposals and develop a list of proposals
     recommended for funding.

     Open Call proposals that are not ranked sufficiently high to receive funding in this round are rejected and
     returned to the proponent. They will not remain in a queue of approved, but unfunded proposals. The
     proponent will have to decide whether or no to resubmit the proposal in a subsequent call where it will be
     compared and ranked against a new round of proposals.

     The selection evaluation will be based on the following criteria:




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8.1 RSC Ranking Criteria for Targeted Call Proposals

Similar to the PEC’s, RSC membership is balanced among industry, government and academia. The RSC has
thirteen (13) members including university representatives from all four Atlantic Provinces and the Chairs of each of
the four Proposal Evaluation Committees (Policy, Environment, Hydrocarbon Resource and Operations &
Technology). Membership within the RSC must be comprised of member representatives. Refer to “Appendix H”
for further detail on the PEC and RSC structure.

The Research Selection Committee (RSC) reviews the recommendations from the Proposal Evaluation Committees.
The main role of the RSC is to weigh and rank the proposals against the goals and objectives of PRAC and its
expressed strategic goals. The RSC approves proposals they feel meet the established PRAC criteria, and then ranks
the proposals based on the following criteria:


    Ranking Criteria                                                                                     Weight
    Technical Ranking from PEC                                                                               30
    Successful leveraging of cash and in-kind contributions                                                  10
    Potential and plan for uptake of research results in near or short-term (1 to 5 years)                   10
    Pertinence to Atlantic Canada issues                                                                     10
    Support of PRAC industry members                                                                         10
    Significant involvement and training of students                                                         10
    Appropriate collaboration with regional (pan-Atlantic) expertise                                         10
    Evenness across PRAC’s Mandate                                                                           10
    Total                                                                                                   100


8.2 RSC Ranking Criteria for TTU Proposals
    Ranking Criteria                                                                                     Weight
    Technical Ranking from PEC                                                                               30
    Potential and plan for commercialization or implementation in near or short-term (1 to 5 years)          20
    Support of PRAC industry members                                                                         20
    Pertinence to Atlantic Canada issues                                                                     10
    Successful leveraging of cash and in-kind contributions                                                  10
    Export potential that benefits Atlantic Canada employment                                                10
    Total                                                                                                   100


8.3 RSC Ranking Criteria for Facilitated Joint Projects or JIP
    Proposals
         It is not a necessary condition that the RSC have to approve or rank a facilitated Joint Project or JIP. The
         RSC will be engaged to provide advice and comments to improve the proposal. In cases where it is
         deemed appropriate, the RSC will weigh and rank these projects in a manner similar to both Targeted Call
         and TTU projects.




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9 Proposal Approval and Award
     The list of Proposals Recommended for Funding is presented to the Executive Director of PRAC. The
     executive director can approve proposals requiring funding up to $ 50,000. Proposals with a value greater
     than $ 50,000 must be approved by the Executive Committee. Final approval will take into consideration
     available funding, RSC recommendations, portfolio balance and strategic opportunities.

     In the case where strategic research opportunities are time sensitive the Executive Director has the authority
     to reserve strategic funding pending review by the PEC and recommendation on funding by the RSC. The
     Executive Committee has the authority to approve strategic projects under the direction of the Executive
     Director in consultation with PEC and RSC members.

     Once proposals have been approved the Executive Director will inform the successful applicants. The R&D
     Research Associate will inform unsuccessful applicants and arrange a debrief meeting if so desired.




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                                             Appendices


10 PRAC Proposal Format Guidelines

10.1 General Presentation
     Print must be in black ink and be of letter quality (minimum standard)
     If you use a type size measured in points (pts), it must be no smaller than 12 pts
     Use white paper 8 1/2 x 11 inches (21.5 cm x 28 cm)
     Set margins at 3/4 of an inch (1.7 cm) (minimum) all around
     Print on one side of the paper only
     Full proposals should not exceed 15 pages excluding appendices




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10.2 Preliminary Proposal Guidelines
Proposal Title:




Proposal Summary:




Indicate if you are applying under the PRAC/NSERC CRD program             Yes (   )   No (   )
Note: Principal Investigator must be eligible for NSERC funding

Principal Investigator
Dr. / Prof. / Mr. / Ms.     First Name                                     Family Name

Organization:

Department:                                                                Phone:                         Email:

Address:                                                                   Fax:                           Website:



Research Team
Name:                                                            Organization:                                       Phone:

Expertise:

Name:                                                            Organization:                                       Phone:

Expertise:

Facilities to be used:




Funding:
Project       Total Project Cost:                                Funding Requested from PRAC (by calendar year):
Duration:

Other Funding Sources (Anticipated, Confirmed, Requested)



Project Leverage from other sources (Anticipated, Confirmed, Requested)
(data, expertise, facilities, logisitics)




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Proposal Objectives:




Description of Work Activities:




Anticipated Deliverables




Application and Relevance to Atlantic Canada Oil & Gas Industry:




Identified Stakeholders:




Plan to transfer research results to the Atlantic Canada oil and gas industry




Intellectual Property:

Intellectual Property - Potentially legally protectable knowledge, technology, ideas, and information often resulting
from performance of sponsored activity.


PRAC’s Targeted Calls for research proposals are expected to contain publicly accessible deliverables. Does this
proposal produce proposed work that would result in creation of Intellectual Property.

Yes(     ) No(      )

If yes, explain plans to protect or negotiate intellectual property amongst project partners



Have any patent applications been filed for the technology that forms the basis of this proposal? If yes; give patent application dates and numbers.




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Have you or your partners submitted this proposal or one similar in content as a project to industry or any other research funding program?
Please give details.

To Whom:                                                                                                               Date:

Proposal Title:



I certify that I am authorized by the Company / University Department / Consortium Partners to submit this initial proposal to Petroleum
Research Atlantic Canada for a funding request. The description of this proposal and the information on this application form is accurate and
agreed to by the Company / University Department / Consortium Partners.

Signature:                                                                                                             Date:

Name:



Does this preliminary proposal contain confidential information?

Yes:          No:
Do you authorize PRAC to circulate the preliminary proposal in confidence as required?

Yes:              No:




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10.3 PRAC Full Proposal Format Guidelines

Proposal Title

Principal                                                Dr./Prof./Mr./Ms.                 First Name:                    Family Name:
Investigator

                                                         Organization:                     Department:                    Phone:


                                                         E-mail:                           Address:                       Fax:


Proponents
                                                         Name:                            Organization:                    Phone:


                                                         Name:                            Organization:                    Phone:

                                                         Facilities to be used:


Facilities to be used:



Supporting Stakeholders
(Providing funds, expertise, facilities, data, letters
of support)

Does this proposal contain confidential
information? (Yes / No)
Describe any restrictions necessary for external
peer or committee review (beyond standard PRAC
confidentiality procedures)

Indicate if you are applying under the PRAC/NSERC CRD program                     Yes (     )    No (     )
Note: Principal Investigator must be eligible for NSERC funding

Have you or your partners submitted this proposal or one similar in content as a project to industry or any other research funding
program?
Please give details.
To Whom:                                                                                                    Date:

Proposal Title:


I certify that I am authorized by the Company / University Department / Consortium Partners to submit this initial proposal to Petroleum
Research Atlantic Canada for a funding request. The description of this proposal and the information on this application form is accurate
and agreed to by the Company / University Department / Consortium Partners.

Signature:                                                                                                    Date:

Name:




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                                                      Research Team
                          (Copy this page if more than one organization is involved in the project.)
                                       One page should be completed by each partner

Organization Name:

Department:

Address:


Type of Organization (e.g. University, Research Institute, Company):

If a company, are you at arms length from the research team? If not, explain

Location where your organization’s project research will be conducted.


Role (operational and/or financial) / Function (e.g. researcher, facilities, sponsor, commercialization) / Task in Project




Relevant Partner Expertise / Experience (include short CV 10 lines of key personnel, facilities to be used)




Authorized Project Contact:
Dr. / Prof. / Mr. / Ms.  First Name:                                     Family Name:

Phone:                       Fax:                       Email:                             Website:


I certify the above information is accurate and that my organization has agreed to participate in this proposal.

Signature:                                                                                            Date:




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SUMMARY OF PROPOSED RESEARCH
Provide a short summary of the proposed research program. It should be written in non-technical terms. It should
not be an abstract of the proposal, but rather a self-contained description of the activity that would result if the
proposal were funded. If the proposal is funded, this summary could be used for purposes outside the research
community including requests for information from media and members of the public.
                                                        1 page only


RESEARCH PROPOSAL

The research proposal in total should not exceed 15 pages excluding appendices
Background

This is the introduction to your proposal. Evaluators should obtain a complete understanding of the context in which
the effort is being proposed and the nature of the specific problem or opportunity being addressed. This section
should demonstrate your familiarity with current products or practice in this area and previous and ongoing work
relevant to the proposed effort.

Scope
The scope provides an executive summary of the proposal and should include the following:

        brief description of the project need;
        brief description of the project goals;
        total budget figure in (major budget items described separately in the financial section of the proposal);
        a brief description of the methods of implementing the project goals;
        a statement of the expected outcomes; will the project solve an identified problem itself, or will follow-on
         work be required?
        project duration.

Scientific and Technical objectives

The objectives of the research should be clearly and specifically outlined. Include a general description of the
project. State the objectives and hypothesis (es) of your proposed effort. For multi-year projects state the objectives
for each year. Specifically outline exactly what do you hope to accomplish. Objectives should be stated in such a
way as to be verifiable upon completion of the project. Scientific and Technical objectives should include the
following:

        what problem(s)/challenges does the project aim to address;
        describe the objectives in a measurable and verifiable form (outputs to impacts);
        link the objectives to quantitative targets and deliverables. For multi-year projects state objectives for each
         year; and

Activities and related Milestones

Activities are significant project components or phases such as field work, model development (physical or
numerical) or validation, laboratory analysis, prototype development, etc.
Milestones are significant accomplishments or intermediate goals and are used to measure project progress. In some
cases, these may be triggers for disbursement of funds.




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Project Deliverables and Outputs

Deliverables are tangible products or processes that are provided or completed. Some deliverables may have several
related outputs such as journal publications, presentations, databases, or software.

Research Team

Briefly summarize role and contribution for key project team members.

Facilities
Briefly describe the facilities to be used. Be sure to specify any unique facilities that will be used during the project.
Include project location(s).

Stakeholders

Who will benefit from the development of this research? Have you communicated with potential users, if so what is
their reaction? (Attach letters of support in an appendix to this proposal).

Contribution/Benefits to the Petroleum Industry

    1.   State the application and relevance to Atlantic Canada’s Oil and Gas Industry:
              a. how does this research advance this field of science;
              b. how do you suggest the results of this research might be applied;
              c. who will put it to use; what are the anticipated benefits
              d. what future applications do you foresee;
    2.   Similarly, provide a brief description of the impact the project could have on the international market.
         Where, throughout the world, could the technology be deployed?

Intellectual property

PRAC policy is that Intellectual property (existing and generated) under the Targeted Call Process resides with the
appropriate Principal Investigator(s). If there are any necessary restrictions on this policy, explain fully and outline
steps proposed to protect existing and generated intellectual property.


Dissemination and/or Exploitation of Results

Describe plans for communication and transfer of the research results and how this will be achieved. PRAC is
looking for evidence of a plan to maximize the awareness and application of research results by the identified
stakeholders.




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FINANCIAL PROPOSAL

Proposed Costs

       Project Costs                     Year 1                   Year 2          Year 3               Total
Personnel
Equipment-facilities
Materials and Supply
Travel
Other project costs

Total Project Costs

                                                   Summarizing table

Leveraged Contributions – Project Financing

Cash Contributions                       Year 1                   Year 2          Year 3              Total
Requested from PRAC
Other sources (list)
Subtotal-Cash
Non-cash Contributions
Subtotal- Non-Cash
Total Project Financing

* Note: List other sources of funds by expected and secured.

* Note: The PRAC objective is to achieve leverage PRAC contributions 1 to 4 against all other sources. PRAC does
not provide 100% cash funding for a proposal.

                                                   Summarizing table

The onus is on the applicant to provide sufficient information to enable a review committee to evaluate the
relationship with other sources of support and to recommend the appropriate PRAC funding level. The
consequence of not providing adequate information to enable a selection committee to assess the relationship to
other research support is that the committee may recommend reduced or no funding. Proposals will be returned
by PRAC if tables are incomplete or inaccurate.


References

Appendices

(e.g. Figures, Summary vitae of scientists, letters of interest and commitment)




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10.4 PRAC TTU Proposal Format Guidelines

Proposal Title

Principal                                                Dr./Prof./Mr./Ms.                 First Name:                    Family Name:
Investigator

                                                         Organization:                     Department:                    Phone:


                                                         E-mail:                           Address:                       Fax:


Proponents
                                                         Name:                            Organization:                    Phone:


                                                         Name:                            Organization:                    Phone:

                                                         Facilities to be used:


Facilities to be used:



Supporting Stakeholders
(Providing funds, expertise, facilities, data, letters
of support)

Does this proposal contain confidential
information? (Yes / No)
Describe any restrictions necessary for external
peer or committee review (beyond standard PRAC
confidentiality procedures)

Indicate if you are applying under the PRAC/NSERC CRD program                     Yes (     )    No (     )
Note: Principal Investigator must be eligible for NSERC funding

Have you or your partners submitted this proposal or one similar in content as a project to industry or any other research funding
program?
Please give details.
To Whom:                                                                                                    Date:

Proposal Title:


I certify that I am authorized by the Company / University Department / Consortium Partners to submit this initial proposal to Petroleum
Research Atlantic Canada for a funding request. The description of this proposal and the information on this application form is accurate
and agreed to by the Company / University Department / Consortium Partners.

Signature:                                                                                                    Date:

Name:




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                                                      Research Team
                          (Copy this page if more than one organization is involved in the project.)
                                       One page should be completed by each partner

Organization Name:

Department:

Address:


Type of Organization (e.g. University, Research Institute, Company):

If a company, are you at arms length from the research team? If not, explain

Location where your organization’s project research will be conducted.


Role (operational and/or financial) / Function (e.g. researcher, facilities, sponsor, commercialization) / Task in Project




Relevant Partner Expertise / Experience (include short CV 10 lines of key personnel, facilities to be used)




Authorized Project Contact:
Dr. / Prof. / Mr. / Ms.  First Name:                                     Family Name:

Phone:                       Fax:                       Email:                             Website:


I certify the above information is accurate and that my organization has agreed to participate in this proposal.

Signature:                                                                                            Date:




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SUMMARY OF PROPOSED RESEARCH
Provide a short summary of the proposed research program. It should be written in non-technical terms. It should
not be an abstract of the proposal, but rather a self-contained description of the activity that would result if the
proposal were funded. If the proposal is funded, this summary could be used for purposes outside the research
community including requests for information from media and members of the public.
                                                        1 page only


RESEARCH PROPOSAL
The research proposal in total should not exceed 15 pages excluding appendices

Background

This is the introduction to your proposal. Evaluators should obtain a complete understanding of the context in which
the effort is being proposed and the nature of the specific problem or opportunity being addressed. This section
should demonstrate your familiarity with current products or practice in this area and previous and ongoing work
relevant to the proposed effort.

Scope

The scope provides an executive summary of the proposal and should include the following:

        brief description of the project need;
        brief description of the project goals;
        total budget figure in (major budget items described separately in the financial section of the proposal);
        a brief description of the methods of implementing the project goals;
        a statement of the expected outcomes; will the project solve an identified problem itself, or will follow-on
         work be required?
        project duration.

Scientific and Technical objectives

The objectives of the research should be clearly and specifically outlined. Include a general description of the
project. State the objectives and hypothesis(es) of your proposed effort. For multi-year projects state the objectives
for each year. Specifically outline exactly what do you hope to accomplish. Objectives should be stated in such a
way as to be verifiable upon completion of the project. Scientific and Technical objectives should include the
following:

        what problem(s)/challenges does the project aim to address;
        describe the objectives in a measurable and verifiable form (outputs to impacts);
        link the objectives to quantitative targets and deliverables. For multi-year projects state objectives for each
         year; and

Activities and related Milestones

Activities are significant project components or phases such as field work, model development (physical or
numerical) or validation, laboratory analysis, prototype development, etc.
Milestones are significant accomplishments or intermediate goals and are used to measure project progress. In some
cases, these may be triggers for disbursement of funds.




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Project Deliverables and Outputs

Deliverables are tangible products or processes that are provided or completed. Some deliverables may have several
related outputs such as journal publications, presentations, databases, or software.

Research Team

Briefly summarize role and contribution for key project team members.

Facilities

Briefly describe the facilities to be used. Be sure to specify any unique facilities that will be used during the project.
Include project location(s).

Stakeholders

Who will benefit from the development of this research? Have you communicated with potential users, if so what is
their reaction? (Attach letters of support in an appendix to this proposal).

Contribution/Benefits to the Petroleum Industry

    3.   State the application and relevance to Atlantic Canada’s Oil and Gas Industry:
              a. how does this research advance this field of science;
              b. how do you suggest the results of this research might be applied;
              c. who will put it to use; what are the anticipated benefits
              d. what future applications do you foresee;
    4.   Similarly, provide a brief description of the impact the project could have on the international market.
         Where, throughout the world, could the technology be deployed?

State the commercial relevance to Atlantic Canada’s Oil and Gas Industry - This section should respond to
questions such as:

        how does this research advance this field of science;
        who will put it to use;
        have you communicated with potential users;
         (It is strongly recommended that you do so before submitting the proposal.) Letters of support appended to
         your proposal are appropriate;
        what future applications do you foresee;
        how do you suggest the results of this research might be applied to industry.

Intellectual property

PRAC policy is that Intellectual property (existing and generated) under the Targeted Call Process resides with the
appropriate Principal Investigator(s). If there are any necessary restrictions on this policy, explain fully and outline
steps proposed to protect existing and generated intellectual property.

         -    have any patent applications been filed for the technology that forms the basis of this proposal? If yes;
              give patent application dates and numbers;
         -     does the proposal contain confidential information (Yes/No).




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Dissemination and/or Exploitation of Results

Describe plans for communication and transfer of the research results and how this will be achieved. PRAC is
looking for evidence of a plan to maximize the awareness and application of research results by the identified
stakeholders.

For TTU and JIP Project include:

Estimate future market prospects. How will the project contribute to economic growth? What market
opportunity(ies) will it create for the partners? What risks (marketing, financial or technical) might there be in
entering/expanding in this market? What effect will this have on partner business plans? Specify IPR arrangements.

Note: It is expected that this initial analysis will be refined as the project progresses from feasibility, through
research and development.

FINANCIAL PROPOSAL

Proposed Costs

       Project Costs                      Year 1                   Year 2              Year 3                 Total
Personnel
Equipment-facilities
Materials and Supply
Travel
Other project costs

Total Project Costs

                                                    Summarizing table

Leveraged Contributions – Project Financing

Cash Contributions                        Year 1                   Year 2              Year 3               Total
Requested from PRAC
Other sources (list)
Subtotal-Cash
Non-cash Contributions
Subtotal- Non-Cash
Total Project Financing

* Note: List other sources of funds by expected and secured.

* Note: The PRAC objective is to achieve leverage PRAC contributions 1 to 4 against all other sources. PRAC does
not provide 100% cash funding for a proposal.

                                                   Summarizing table

The onus is on the applicant to provide sufficient information to enable a review committee to evaluate the
relationship with other sources of support and to recommend the appropriate PRAC funding level. The
consequence of not providing adequate information to enable a selection committee to assess the relationship to
other research support is that the committee may recommend reduced or no funding. Proposals will be returned
by PRAC if tables are incomplete or inaccurate.




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References

Appendices

(e.g. Figures, Summary vitae of scientists, letters of interest and commitment)




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10.5 Standard Award Agreement


       THIS GRANT AGREEMENT made this                    day of        , 200

BETWEEN:

                      PETROLEUM RESEARCH ATLANTIC CANADA

                                                                        (hereinafter called “PRAC”)
                                                                             OF THE FIRST PART

                                               - and -




                                                                  (hereinafter called “The Awardee”)
                                                                             OF THE OTHER PART


        PRAC has reviewed the application by the Awardee for a grant to assist in project
funding for research activities, purchasing of assets and financing of the services more
particularly described in the Schedule “A” attached hereto (the “Project”).

        PRAC has awarded a grant to the Awardee to assist in funding the cost of the Project on
the terms, covenants and conditions hereinafter specified.


PRAC grants and the Awardee agrees to accept the Grant on the terms, covenants and conditions
specified in this Agreement.

1.00   Grant

1.01   PRAC hereby grants to the Awardee a sum not to exceed Dollars ($                     ) (the
       “Grant”) to assist in funding the cost of the Project. The Grant shall be disbursed as
       specified in Schedule “A” , the Notice of Grant Award as attached hereto as Schedule
       “B” and on the terms and conditions specified herein.




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1.02   Upon the Awardee providing to PRAC, to the attention of the Research and Development
       Manager:

       (a)    a requisition for the portion of the Grant to be paid pursuant to the Notice of Grant
              Award and in accordance with the forecasted cash flow target for the fiscal years
              as specified in Schedule “A”;
       (b)    a project status report including an estimate of the percentage completion of the
              Project;
       (c)    a one page summary of the results of the research and the Project to date;
       (d)    an estimate of the cost of completion of the Project;
       (e)    such other documents, reports and records, including payroll records and such
              other material as may be necessary to support the requisition, as PRAC may
              require;
       (f)    financial report showing funds expended by budget category and confirmation of
              all other sources of funding prior to advance of the next instalment.

Subject to approval by PRAC of the documents and material provided, PRAC shall disburse the
portion of the Grant requested or such amount as PRAC deems appropriate.

1.03   A requisition for an advance shall not be made more frequently than semi-monthly in
       accordance with the forecasted cash flow target as specified in Schedule “A”.

1.04   Prior to completion of the Project, the total advance and progress payments of the Grant
       shall not exceed ninety percent of the total amount of the Grant. Ten percent of the
       amount of the Grant shall be held back until the Project is completed to the satisfaction of
       PRAC.

1.05   Neither the execution nor delivery of this Agreement nor the advance of a portion of the
       Grant shall bind PRAC to make any advance or further advance of the Grant.

1.06   PRAC shall not make any payment of the Grant for work completed after
       the date specified in Schedule “A”. Costs incurred in excess of the Grant or total Project
       cost shall be borne by the Awardee and shall not be reimbursed by PRAC.

1.07   The Grant herein is not a consideration for supply and the requirements
       placed on the Awardee are to maintain accountability. The Grant is deemed not to be
       subject to GST/HST. In the event that GST / HST or any taxes are levied with respect to
       the Grant, the tax shall be deemed to be included in the amount of the Grant.

2.00   The Project

2.01   The Awardee shall be solely responsible under the supervision and direction of
       the “principal investigator” for carrying out and completing the Project.




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2.02   The Awardee shall be responsible for ensuring that the principal investigator receives a
       copy of the Grant conditions including the terms of this agreement and any special terms
       and conditions or subsequent changes in the Grant conditions.

2.03   The Awardees shall carry out and complete the Project in compliance with its application
       for the grant, all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the conditions pursuant to
       which funding was provided to PRAC, a copy of which conditions shall be provided to
       the Awardees, and in compliance with all statutes, rules, laws, regulations and by-laws
       which affect the project.

2.04   Unless otherwise specified in Schedule “A” attached hereto, title to equipment,
       intellectual property and chattels purchased, fabricated or developed pursuant to the
       project shall vest in and belong to the Awardee. Such equipment is considered exempt
       property subject to the Awardee ensuring that each purchase of equipment is:

       (a)     necessary for the research or activity supported by the project;
       (b)     not otherwise reasonably available and accessible;
       (c)     of the type normally charged as a direct cost to sponsored agreements;
       (d)     acquired in accordance with organizational practice.

2.05   The Awardee shall give written notice to PRAC prior to any proposed amendment or
       change in the Project, its scope or the issue under study or the objectives of the Project
       stated in the application approved by PRAC. The Project or any portion thereof shall not
       be changed or amended without the prior written approval of PRAC.

2.06   The Awardee shall give immediate written notice to PRAC of a proposed change in the
       principal investigator or in the event the principal investigator intends to:

       (i)     devote substantially less effort to the work than anticipated in the approved
               application (defined as a reduction of twenty-five percent or more in time);
       (ii)    sever his or her connection with the Awardee; or
       (iii)   be absent for a continuous period of three months or more or otherwise relinquish
               active direction of the project. A change in principal investigator shall require the
               prior written consent and approval of PRAC;

2.07   The Awardee shall proceed diligently and use qualified personnel to
       perform the work required to carry out and complete the Project. No diversion of key
       personnel, equipment or other resources shall be made without the prior written approval
       of PRAC.

2.08   The Awardee shall carry out the Project in Atlantic Canada.

2.09   The Awardee shall complete the Project on or before                          .



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2.10   The Awardee shall not permit the use of services, resources, equipment or chattels
       purchased in whole or in part with the Grant for any purpose other than carrying out and
       completing the Project until the Project is completed and approved by PRAC, without the
       prior written approval of PRAC.

3.00   Project Reporting

3.01   The Awardee shall give PRAC such on site access, documents and material as PRAC
       may reasonably request relating to the Project and the review of its progress.

3.02   The Awardee shall complete a project final report and submit it to PRAC within four
       weeks after completion of the project as part of the final claim. The report shall be in the
       form as attached hereto as Schedule “C”.

3.03   The Awardee shall submit reports as follows:

       (a)    For standard grants of two or more years and for continuing or incrementally
              funded grants a Targeted project report. Unless otherwise specified in the Notice
              of Grant or Schedule, Awardees are required to submit Targeted reports (with a
              two page summary to include a budget summary and a press release) in electronic
              format (Word or PDF – for approval by PRAC). Unless otherwise specified
              Targeted project reports shall be submitted one month prior to the anniversary
              date of the Notice of Award.

       (b)    Unless otherwise specified, the Awardee shall submit a final project report as
              specified in PRAC’s final report guidelines within four weeks following the date
              of completion of the Project. Unless otherwise specified the final report shall be
              submitted electronically in Word or PDF formats to PRAC. The report shall
              include a one page summary of the results and a press release about the completed
              research.

4.00   Publications

       The Awardee is responsible for ensuring that an acknowledgement of PRAC support is
       made:

       (a)    in any publication (including World Wide Web pages) of any material based on or
              developed pursuant to the Project, in the following terms: “This Project was
              undertaken and completed with a Grant and the financial assistance of Petroleum
              Research Atlantic Canada”.

       (b)    Disclaimer. The Awardee is responsible for ensuring that every publication of
              material (including World Wide Web pages) based on or developed under this
              award, except scientific articles or papers appearing in scientific, technical or
              professional journals, contains the following disclaimer:


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              “Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this
              material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of
              Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada.”

       (c)    Copies for PRAC. The Awardee is responsible for ensuring that two copies of
              every publication of material based on or developed with the assistance of the
              Grant are clearly labeled with the Grant number and other appropriate identifying
              information, and are sent to the PRAC R&D Manager promptly after publication.

       The Awardee shall give PRAC (30) days notice in writing in advance of any event or
       press releases to be held in conjunction with the Project.

5.00   Site Visits

5.01   PRAC, through authorized representatives, has the right, at all reasonable times, to make
       site visits to review the Project and management control systems and to provide such
       technical assistance as may be required. If any site visit is made by PRAC on the
       premises of the Awardee or a contractor, the Awardee shall provide and shall require its
       contractors to provide all reasonable facilities and assistance for the safety and
       convenience of the representatives in the performance of their duties. All site visits and
       evaluations shall be performed in such a manner that will not unduly delay the work.

6.00   Suspension or Termination

6.01   PRAC may suspend or terminate the Grant in whole or in part and may require
       reimbursement of the portion of the Grant disbursed and reserves the right to repossess
       and retain ownership of equipment, intellectual property and chattels funded in any of the
       following situations:

       (a)    if the Awardee has materially failed to comply with the terms and conditions of
              the Grant or this Agreement;

       (b)    for any reasonable cause;

       (c)    if the Awardee requests termination and gives written notice to PRAC setting
              forth the reasons for such action, the effective date, and, in the case of partial
              termination, the portion to be terminated or suspended (with the understanding
              that if PRAC determines that the unterminated portion will not accomplish the
              purposes of the Grant, it may suspend or terminate the entire Grant;

       (d)    matching funds from other parties are withdrawn from the project.




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6.02 Where practicable PRAC shall not suspend or terminate a Grant until it has provided the
     Awardee with notice of any deficiency on its part and given an opportunity to correct it;

6.03 No costs incurred during a suspension period or after the effective date of
      a termination will be paid, except those costs which, in the opinion of PRAC, the
     Awardee could not reasonably avoid or eliminate, or which were otherwise authorized by
     the suspension or termination notice;

6.04 Within 30 days of the termination date, the Awardee shall furnish a summary of progress
     of the Project and an itemized accounting of costs incurred prior to the termination date.
     PRAC may pay under a termination settlement an amount in accordance with the terms of
     the Grant, giving due consideration to the progress of the Project. In no event shall the
     total of payments on termination exceed the amount of the Grant, or the pro rata share of
     the total project costs where a cost-sharing was anticipated, whichever is less.

7.00   Liability

7.01   The Awardee shall be fully responsible and liable for all actions, accidents, illnesses,
       claims or damages arising out of or resulting from work performed on the Project or from
       the Project or for unauthorized use of patented or copyrighted materials. The Awardee
       shall indemnify and save harmless PRAC from any claims or damages which may arise
       or result from work performed on the Project or from the Project.

7.02   The Awardee shall maintain such insurance coverage as may be required to indemnify
       and save harmless PRAC from any claim or damage which may arise or result from work
       performed on the Project or the Project.




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8.00   Other Conditions

       (a)   Upon request by a person who has provided funding to PRAC (“funding partner”)
             or PRAC, the Awardee shall provide promptly such information, as may
             reasonably be requested in elaboration of any report required by a funding
             partner.

       (b)   The Awardee shall permit authorized representatives of the funding partner and or
             PRAC representatives reasonable access to work completed to assess the progress
             of the Project.

       (c)   PRAC expects significant findings from research and education activities it
             supports to be promptly submitted for publication, with authorship that accurately
             reflects the contributions of those involved. It expects investigators to share with
             other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time,
             the data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or
             gathered in the course of the work on the Project. It also encourages awardees to
             share software and inventions or otherwise act to make the innovations they
             embody widely useful and usable. Adjustments and, where essential, exceptions
             may be allowed to safeguard the rights of individuals and subjects, the validity of
             results, or the integrity of collections or to accommodate legitimate interests of
             investigators.

       (d)   The Awardee is responsible for the protection of the rights and welfare of any
             human subjects involved in research, development and related activities supported
             by the Grant. Research involving human subjects will be awarded after review
             and approval by an appropriate Research Ethics Board (REB). Refer to the Tri-
             Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans
             (www.nserc.ca/programs/ethics) for information on REBs.

9.00         General

9.0l         Joint and Several Covenants

             The Awardee hereby agree and declare that all warranties, covenants and
             agreements herein contained and on the part of the Awardee to be observed and
             performed shall be joint and several responsibilities in the event that more than
             one person constitutes the Awardee.




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9.02      Further Assurances

          Each of PRAC and the Awardee hereby covenants with the other to do or omit all
          acts, matters and things, and to execute and deliver or sign such documents and
          further assurances as may be requisite or desirable for the purpose of carrying out
          the terms and intent of this Agreement.

9.03      Survival of Covenants

          Each party hereby declares that all covenants, warranties, conditions, terms and
          agreements herein contained and on the part of each of them to be observed and
          performed shall survive the completion of the Project and shall not terminate on
          such completion.

9.04      Entire Agreement

          The parties hereby acknowledge and agree that the provisions herein, the
          Schedules attached hereto, the application for Grant and all Grant Guidelines and
          Conditions shall constitute the Agreement between the parties and references to
          the Agreement shall mean all of these.

9.05      Notice

          Every notice required to be given by either party to the other hereunder shall be in
          writing and shall be addressed to PRAC at:

          And to the Awardee at:

          or to such other address as either party may by notice to the other signify. Every
          notice to be given pursuant to the Agreement may be personally delivered or sent
          by pre-paid registered mail or by Fax and, if delivered, shall be deemed to be
          given at the time of delivery or, if sent by mail, shall be deemed to have been
          given at the expiration of forty-eight (48) hours after a pre-paid envelope
          containing the same shall have been placed in the registered mail.

9.06      Enurement

          This Agreement shall enure to the benefit of and be binding upon the parties
          hereto and their respective heirs, executors, administrators, successors and
          permitted assigns.




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9.07          Governing Law

              This Agreement shall be governed in all respects by and construed in accordance
              with the laws of the Province of                        .

9.08          Headings

              The headings above each article of this Agreement are for convenience only and
              shall in no manner affect the meaning of interpretation hereof.

9.09          Gender

              This Agreement shall be read with all appropriate changes of number and gender as
              the context may require.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF the parties hereto have properly executed These Presents on the day and year
first above written.


SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED                )
in the presence of:                         )   PETROLEUM RESEARCH ATLANTIC
                                            )   CANADA
                                            )
                                            )   Per: ________________________
                                            )
                                            )   Per: ________________________
                                            )
                                            )
                                            )
                                            )
                                            )   Per: ________________________
                                            )
                                            )   Per: ________________________
                                            )
                                            )




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10.6 PRAC PROJECT AMENDMENT APPROVAL FORM

PRAC Project Title:                                             PRAC Project #

Principal Investigator:

Current Grant Period:                                                  To

Requested by:                                                           Date of Request
                          (if other than project director)

Please check one of the following boxes:

         Request for Change in Project Duration
         Request for Change to Approved Budget
         Request for Change in Project Activities
         Request for Change in Project Personnel
         Request for Other Change

Check the type of change that is being requested and explain why the change(s) is needed in the space provided on
page two of this form.

    1. Request for Project Extension
    Number of months

    Please check on of the following boxes:

         1st extension of 12 months or less
         1st extension exceeding 12 months
         2nd extension

A one-time extension of up to 12 months can be made if additional time is required to complete the original scope of
the project with funds already made available. At least two months before the grant is scheduled to expire, the
PRAC’s Research Manager must be informed in writing of the new expiration date and the reason the grant had to
be extended. A second request or a request to extend the grant for more than twelve months must include a detailed
justification for the extension, an estimate of the unexpended funds and a plan of work for activities that will be
undertaken during the requested extension period.

    2.   Request for Budget Extension

PRAC President approval is required before a grantee can proceed to make a change in the original budget. The
applicant must apply in writing to PRAC’s Research and Development Manager, Mr. Gary Sonnichsen, requesting
budget modification(s) at least one month in advance of the proposed implementation period. In making such a
request, the grantee should understand that PRAC's authority to approve changes that affect the budget categories of
a project is determined by the Executive Director and will not affect the total funding committed by PRAC.

         Transfer of budgeted funds between direct cost categories.
         Addition of the following costs that were not included in the original budget approved by PRAC.
         Travel,
         Equipment purchase(s),
         Stipends and travel for attending conferences, symposia, and training,


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         Publication and printing costs,
         Addition of costs that are specifically disallowed by the terms and conditions of the grant award,
         Other.

    3.   Change in Project Activities that Affect Scope

Written PRAC approval is needed before a grantee may make a change in project activities that affects in any way
the purpose of the grant, the subject matter, the treatment of the subject matter, the volume of material that is to be
treated/studied, or the outcomes that are expected to result from grant activities. In making such a request, the
grantee should understand that PRAC's authority to approve changes that affect the scope of a project is determined
by the Executive Director and for projects requiring a change in scope greater than $50,000 the decision will be
made by the Executive Committee. (Explain in detail why a change in project activities is necessary and what
change is proposed).

    4.   Change in Project Personnel that Affect Scope

The replacement of the project lead, the co-lead, or other project personnel whose replacement is restricted in the
grant award or a substantial reduction in the level of their effort (e.g., their unanticipated absence for more than three
months, or a twenty-five percent reduction in the time devoted to the project) requires prior written approval from
PRAC. (Evidence of the qualifications of replacement personnel must be provided).

    5.   Other Change

    Explanation/justification of requested changes




         Requested Changes

            Approved                                                                    Not Approved



         (signature)                     (title)                               (date)




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Interim Report Guidelines

Introduction
Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada requires interim reports for three main reasons:

1.   Accountability: The project leader is accountable to PRAC and its membership which includes industry,
     government, and academia. The project leader at all times must be able to demonstrate that the R&D is being
     carried out with due diligence. The interim report should be of sufficient quality that the R&D could be
     repeated by PRAC staff using the report as guidance since PRAC’s members are continually looking for a
     return on their investment from the projects funded.

2.   Awareness and Access: Excerpts of Interim Reports will be lodged into PRAC’s research and development
     database. The purpose of logging excerpts into the database is to allow Researchers to learn about R&D efforts
     by searching the site. This can potentially avoid the replication of R&D by others and can also be used as a
     forum for others to understand the expertise that is available with which to joint venture or align with for
     further related research.

3.   Implementation of Research Outcomes: One of the major goals of PRAC is to disseminate research results
     with the objective of tangible research outcomes being adopted. All reports will be presented formally to
     PRAC in a research forum setting to allow PRAC members to obtain the full details of the research. Please note
     Interim Reports should not be seen as the sole vehicle for communication to industry.

In order to satisfy the three requirements above, Interim Reports should be produced within the following
guidelines:

Substantiation
Please note interim reports are available documents to PRAC members upon request. It is important that project
leaders and those involved in the preparation of interim reports and, all material contained and experiments referred
to in interim reports, should be aware of the following:

    A third party may rely on results and descriptions contained in Interim Reports.


Confidentiality

Interim reports are not intended to be of confidential nature. If special circumstances arise interim reports that
contain confidential information should be clearly marked CONFIDENTIAL on the front cover.
This status must be agreed by the PRAC Research and Development Manager prior to submission. Under, the
PRAC Research and Development Guidelines PRAC will require an additional (not confidential) version of the
interim report for potential release to its membership upon request.

Due Dates
Interim Reports are due on the date agreed in the PRAC Research and Development Guidelines. Usually one year
after the first installment of PRAC funds were released.

Project Leaders with overdue interim reports will not have new proposals for R&D funding considered until the
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PRAC will provide written acknowledgment to the person submitting the report. The Research Associate and
Research Manager will review the Interim Report on receipt to ensure that it is of sufficient quality to be accepted.

In the event that the Interim Report is not acceptable to PRAC, the Project Leader will be asked to resubmit the
Report. Funds will be withheld until the Report is accepted.

What to Do With a Completed Report
E-mail the Interim Report with project number and “Interim Report” in the subject line to
Jennifer matthews@pr-ac.ca

Specific Requirements of the PRAC Interim Report
Style

All Interim Reports must be submitted in portrait format, set across a single column, on single sided pages.
Elaborate typefaces should be avoided, and PRAC recommends that Times New Roman at 10/12 point, with single
spacing, is used for the body text with headings set at 14-16 point bold.

The interim report should not exceed 10 pages.

Sections
The Interim Report should contain the following sections:
- Front Cover
- Summary
- Scientific Objectives
- Summary of Project Progress
- Technology Transfer
- Publications
- Funding
- PRAC expenditures by calendar year
- Employment Summary

Front Cover
The following information should be included on the front cover:
 Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada project number (with completion date of project in brackets);
 Project Title;
 Project start date, and duration; and
 The period of time covered by the report and the date of submission.

Summary
The summary should provide historical background to the project, why it was undertaken, its significance for
industry and academia and the aims of the project. The summary should also contain the following:
 Briefly describe the science undertaken over the last year; and
 Highlight major research findings and outcomes applicable to both industry and academia.


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Scientific Objectives
State the objectives as they appeared in the original application, or as otherwise approved. Also provide an outline
of what is proposed to be done in the next term of support and what is expected to be accomplished.

Note: If either the objectives or approach changed, this must be clearly described with the reasons for such change.
      In case of a major change, the revised proposal (as approved by the PRAC R&D Manager) must accompany
      the report.

Summary of Project Progress
Provide a summary of progress made to date towards achieving the project objectives. Briefly describe how project
research has refined or advanced the state-of-knowledge expanding upon what you have described in the project
summary above. The summary of project progress section should be no more than 750 words or a single page in
length.

Technology Transfer

This section of the report should indicate the activities undertaken to ensure adoption of the R&D, throughout the
life of the project and what is planned for the future.

   Provide recommendations to industry, the research
    community, and PRAC on what is required to advance the area of research you are currently engaged in;
   Indicate contribution to new technology and any future work suggested;
   Describe joint projects that you are involved in with academic, government, and industry groups that is directly
    related to this project, and
   Describe any new products or services developed.

In this section also include a brief description of events/meetings attended. Related papers or articles should be
included as an appendix. Also list (conferences and other professional meetings) include those attended throughout
the duration of the project.

Publications
List published, accepted, and submitted papers including research publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Funding
Please report on other sources of financing including cash and in-kind that has been secured and is not contained in
your original PRAC proposal.

PRAC Expenditures By Calendar Year

   Provide a reconciliation of the funding expended in your project against the funding you applied for.
   Please use your initial application budget as a guide to filling in your reconciliation form. Using the same
    breakdown will allow us to compare the proposed and actual expenditure more easily.




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               The following is an example only:


                                                                 Funding Approved by                                             Actual
                                   Budget
                                                                    PRAC Year 1                                                Expenditure
               Saleries                                                    28,000.00                                              25,000.00
               Benefits                                                     5,000.00                                               3,000.00
               Equipment                                                   15,000.00                                              13,000.00
               Travel                                                       1,000.00                                               1,000.00
               Cost of workshop preparation                                 1,000.00                                                 800.00


               Total                                                             50,000.00                                        42,800.00

               Total Funds Disbursed from PRAC                                   50,000.00                Total Expended          42,800.00

,000 at beginning of project therefore I need to account for $7,200 prior to requesting a further advance.


                                                                   Request to PRAC that $7,200 be carried over


               Employment Summary
               Prepare a table outlining the employment created by the project. Please include: The name, position, and work
               months associated with the position.

                 Name          Position         Student      Graduate,         Full or      Scientific     Work Months
                                              (Yes or No)    Undergrad,       Part time   contributions     associated
                                                              or Ph.D                      made to the       with the
                                                                                            research         position
                                                                                             group




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Final Report Guidelines

Introduction
Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada requires final reports for three main reasons:

4.   Accountability: The project leader is accountable to PRAC and its membership which includes industry,
     government, and academia. The project leader at all times must be able to demonstrate that the R&D is being
     carried out with due diligence. The final report should be of sufficient quality that the R&D could be repeated
     by PRAC staff using the report as guidance since PRAC’s members are continually looking for a return on their
     investment from the projects funded.

5.   Awareness and Access: Excerpts of final reports will be lodged in the research and development database.
     You may access the database online at Internet at http://www.energyresearch.ca/. The purpose of logging
     excerpts into the database is to allow Researchers to learn about R&D efforts by searching the site. This can
     potentially avoid the replication of R&D by others and can also be used as a forum for others to understand the
     expertise that is available which could possibly lead to joint ventures or alignment related researchers.

6.   Implementation of Research Outcomes: One of the major goals of PRAC is to disseminate research results
     with the objective of tangible research outcomes being adopted by the time a final report is written. All reports
     will be presented formally to PRAC in a research forum setting to allow PRAC members to obtain the full
     details of the research. Please note: final reports should not be seen as the sole vehicle for communication to
     industry.

In order to satisfy the three requirements above, final reports should be produced within the following guidelines:

Planning
It is important to allocate for the cost of producing final reports in the final year budget of your PRAC project.
PRAC encourages early planning and collating to develop the information that PRAC expects in a final report.
Remember as the research leader you are responsible for delivering the final report to fulfill the project contract
within 30 days of the project completion date as outlined in your PRAC “Grant Agreement.”

Substantiation
Please note final reports are available documents to PRAC members upon request. It is important that project
leaders and those involved in the preparation of final reports and, all material contained and experiments referred to
in final reports, should be aware of the following:

    A third party may rely on results and descriptions contained in final reports.
    They may be in a position to substantiate all facts, matters, statements and descriptions contained in final
     reports, especially subjective comments and analysis made or referred to in them.




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Confidentiality
Final reports that are confidential in nature should be clearly marked as such on the front cover.
This status must be agreed by PRAC’s Director - Research and Development prior to submission. Under, the PRAC
Research and Development Guidelines PRAC will require an additional (not confidential) version of the final report
for potential release to its membership upon request.

Due Dates
Final Reports are due on the date agreed in the PRAC “Grant Agreement.”

Project Leaders with overdue Final Reports will not have new proposals for R&D funding considered until the Final
Report is received and accepted by PRAC.

PRAC will provide written acknowledgment to the person submitting the report. The Director - Research and
Development will review the Final Report on receipt to ensure that it is of sufficient quality to be accepted. Once
the Final Report is accepted, the 10% holdback will be released.

In the event that the Final Report is not acceptable to PRAC, the Project Leader will be asked to resubmit the
Report. Funds will be withheld until the Report is accepted.

What To Do With A Completed Report
PRAC requires one printed copy of the final report. You must also supply the document on computer disk to
PRAC. Alternatively, email the final report with project number and “final report” in the subject line to
Jennifer.matthews@pr-ac.ca

Final Reports should be sent to:
Attn: Director - Research and Development
Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada
1321 Edward Street
Halifax, N.S.

Specific Requirements of the PRAC Final Report
Style

All final reports must be submitted in portrait format, set across a single column, on single sided pages. Elaborate
typefaces should be avoided, and PRAC recommends that Times New Roman at 10/12 point, with single spacing, is
used for the body text with headings set at 14-16 point bold.

All reports must include a contents page (which should be counted as page 1) with subsequent page numbers
centered at the bottom of each page. The report must be in MS Word or PDF file format. The report should not
exceed 15 pages in length excluding appendices.

Footnotes, bibliographies and indexes are also encouraged where appropriate.

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Photographs/Graphics

The use of photographs and graphics are encouraged, but only when they serve to illustrate a point. If a number of
photographs are essential to tell the story, it may be worth considering producing a separate document as an
appendix to the final report.

Sections
A final report should contain the following sections:
- Front Cover
- Release Statement
- Title Page
- Table of Contents
- Media Summary / Abstract
- Technical Summary
- Introduction
- Objectives
- Results
- Discussion
- Technology Transfer
- Recommendations
- Networking
- Publications
- Funding
- Budget Reconciliation
- Employment Generated

Front Cover
The following information should be included on the front cover:
 Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada project number (with completion date of project in brackets);
 Project Title;
 Focus area of the research project;
 Project start date, and duration;
 The type of report (interim or final);
 The period of time covered by the report and the date of submission;
 The names, affiliations, and signatures of all Principal Investigators.

Release Statement

The release statement shall be printed on the reverse side of the front cover. It must include the following
information (a sample is included):

Sample Collaborating Release Page
Project Title                         Hydrocarbon Formations found in the Horton Group
Principle Investigator                John Doe
University                            N/A
Company                               Innovative Research Inc.
Collaborator(s)                       Johnson Engineering
Collaborating Company                 John Coe, VP
Representative(s)
As authorized representative of the collaborating entity, I have reviewed this report and approve it for release to



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Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada.


Signature                                                                     Date

 The Project Manager and Lead Principal Investigators are required to acknowledge that the document is a true and
correct report on the project.

Title Page
The following information should be provided on the first page of the report:
 Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada’s Project Number and Project Title;
 Project leader’s name and contact details and a list of other key personnel and collaborating institutions;
 Brief statement about the purpose of the report;
 Acknowledgment of all funding sources, using logos where appropriate;
 Date of the report.

Table of Contents
The Table of Contents page should be numbered with small Roman numerals (i)
Page numbering with Arabic numbers (1, 2, 3, etc.) should begin with the body of the report.

Acknowledgements

Media Summary/Abstract
The target audiences for the media summary are oil and gas exploration, production, and service companies as well
as government and academia from around the world. The media summary will be used to communicate the
adoptable outcomes of the project to industry and should describe the project “in a nutshell”. PRAC will use the
media summary to report to industry through a variety of channels, its Internet site, for media purposes and in
research reports and other publications. The media summary is the “front” of the report and should be able to stand-
alone. It important to highlight actual and potential public and industry benefits from the R&D in this section.

   The Media Summary should be written in plain English for a general readership. It should be reader-friendly
    and, above all, brief and to the point.
   Try to keep sentences and paragraphs short and use active and direct words and phrases.

   Write the media summary expecting that the reader has no knowledge of this R&D. It is useful to ask an
    independent person to read the media summary and provide honest feedback.


   The key components of the project;
   Why is the project significant to the Atlantic Canadian Oil and Gas industry;
   Key outcomes;
   Clear conclusions;
   Recommendations for future R&D;
   Recommendations for practical application to industry.

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Technical Summary
The Technical Summary should include the following:
 Indicate the nature of the research;
 Briefly describe the science undertaken;
 Highlight major research findings and outcomes applicable to both industry and academia;
 Provide recommendations to industry, the research community and PRAC on what is required to advance the
    area of research you are currently engaged in;
 Indicate contribution to new technology and any future work suggested.

The Technical Summary should be no more than 750 words or a single page in length.

Introduction
The introduction should provide historical background to the project, why it was undertaken, its significance for
industry and academia and the aims of the project. The introduction should also contain implications for industry of
the R&D and indicate the likely impact of the results. As a guide, the introduction should normally be two pages or
less.

Objectives
   State the objectives as they appeared in the original application, or as otherwise approved;
   Highlight any changes to the original objectives.

Note: If either the objectives or approach changed, this must be clearly described with the reasons for such change.
      In case of a major change, the revised proposal (as approved by the PRAC R&D Manager) must accompany
      the report.

Results
   Detail results for each logical component of the project with an accompanying discussion section.
   Any statistical analysis should be presented in this section. The Results should include key information only. If
    large amounts of data need to be included to demonstrate a point, graphs or tables should be used.

Discussion
Discussion of the results should include an analysis of research outcomes compared with the initial project
outcomes and objectives. This is particularly important from an accountability perspective. Please keep the
discussion as concise as possible to enhance readability.

Include information on the following:

        The extent to which the project achieved its objectives;
        New products, services, markets, policies, developed;
        New JIP’s between academic, government and industry groups;
        Interactions (# and type) between researcher and receptors for research design/conduct/dissemination;
        Research publications in peer-reviewed journals, trade journals, petroleum conference proceedings;
         (include information on titles, name of journal/book, magazines/conference)
        Collaborations between researchers/researchers and researchers/companies;
        Measurable increases in research capacity, including new people, new skills or new tools;
        Amount and types of leveraged support provided and/or attributed to the project;



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        Number of students engaged and exposed to industry practices and needs;
        Interactions and exchange between local researchers and international organizations/researchers;
        Funds and support provided by other research organizations;
        Highlight of the novelty of the research;
        Lessons learned;
        Indicate whether further research is required;
        Application of the research (main beneficiaries);
        Number of patents registered.
        Spin-off companies (name of company, date of establishment, directors’ names).
        Intellectual Property (elaborate on issues of ownership/ consortium agreements etc)
        Summarize any Master and PhD student participation in the project. Indicate any further involvement of the
         students in the project. Include student names in summary.


         Fill out the following table with Yes or No answers

          Stakeholders have been made aware of research results and      Yes/No
          the practical follow-on applications
          There is improved interaction between researcher and           Yes/No
          stakeholders, for research design, conduct and
          dissemination
          This research enhances the level/quality of interaction        Yes/No
          between researchers/companies/industry
          The research develops enhanced technical facilities and        Yes/No
          capabilities for future investment/activity
          The project develops or locates new sources and kinds of       Yes/No
          leveraged support
          The research team benefits from exposure to industry           Yes/No
          practices and needs
          The research increases regional collaboration with             Yes/No
          international activities or groups


Technology Transfer
This section of the report should indicate the activities undertaken to ensure adoption of the R&D, throughout the
life of the project and what is planned for the future. A brief description of events/meetings attended and related
papers or articles should be included as an appendix.

Recommendations
Recommendations should relate to the key outcomes of the project. Recommendations should also be made on the
need for further research and industry/academic activities that may be undertaken to enhance adoption of the
outcomes of this project.

Final Reports for projects involving the uptake of technology will include monitoring and evaluation by PRAC for a
period of up to 24 months. The reason that PRAC continually seeks evaluation of projects is in part due to
accountability, but more importantly, to ensure that the industry is aware of potential applications.

Networking
List (conferences and other professional meetings)



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-   include those attended throughout the duration of the project

Publications

List published, accepted and submitted papers.

Funding

Please report other proposals (title, funding source, and amount) related to the PRAC project (a) under preparation;
(b) under review; (c) submitted and declined for funding; and (d) submitted and awarded.

Budget Reconciliation:

   Provide a reconciliation of the funding expended in your project against the funding you applied for.
   Please use your initial application budget as a guide to filling in your reconciliation form. Using the same
    breakdown will allow us to compare the proposed and actual expenditure more easily.

The following is an example only:


                                                   Funding Requested                                          Actual
                   Budget
                                                      from PRAC                                             Expenditure
Saleries                                                     1,000.00                                           1,000.00
Equipment                                                      400.00                                             200.00
Travel                                                       1,000.00                                           1,000.00
Cost of workshop preparation                                 1,000.00                                             800.00
Final report preparation

Total                                                            3,400.00                                          3,000.00
Add 10 % GST                                                       340.00                                            300.00
Total Funds Requested from PRAC                                  3,740.00            Total Expended                3,300.00

                                                                             Amount Due to PRAC                     440.00
                                                                                  Less Holdback                     374.00

                                                                                 Remitted to PRAC                      66.00




Employment Generated
Prepare a table outlining the employment generated by the project. Please include:
- Number of full-time staff employed and person hours of work generated
- Number of part-time staff employed and person hours of work generated
- Number of students employed and person hours of work generated.



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Feedback to PRAC

-   Summarize any comments on PRAC’s administrative procedures. Positive and negative criticism is welcome.
-   Indicate whether you will be applying for future funding assistance is required from the organization

Conclusion

Appendices




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11 Proposal Evaluation Committees (PECs)

11.1.1           Proposal Evaluation Committees

PRAC’s research and development activities fall into five broad categories – hydrocarbon resource evaluation,
environmental impacts and effects, operations and technologies, policy/socio-economics, and human resources.

Once submitted proposals have been accepted by PRAC research staff as appropriate and eligible for PRAC
funding, technical screening of proposals is conducted by the five Proposal Evaluation Committees (PECs)-
Environment, Hydrocarbon, Operations and Technology, Policy and Socioeconomics, Human Resources. Each PEC
committee has between eleven (11) and thirteen (13) members, drawn from a broad cross-section of organizations,
and who have particular knowledge and experience in the topic areas.

Membership is balanced among industry, government and the academic community. Becoming a member of a PEC
is not exclusive to PRAC member organizations and is based on the knowledge of qualified individuals. PEC
Committee members are required to read and sign off on PRAC’s confidentiality agreement guidelines “Section
11.2 Conflict of Interest Guidelines” All PEC members are required to serve a one year term commencing April 1.
At the discretion of the Research and Development Manager, members who do not participate in two consecutive
PEC meetings may be approached to confirm their or their employer’s ability to participate in a meaningful way. If
members are unable to participate fully or provide sufficient input, they can be removed from the PEC Committee
structure. Any PEC or RSC member who releases confidential material in their possession related to PRAC
proposals will be immediately dismissed from the committee.



11.1.1.1          Hydrocarbon

Hydrocarbon resource evaluation covers the general area of hydrocarbon resource assessment including regional
basin history, resource evaluation and technology for resources assessments.

11.1.1.2         Environment

The second area, environmental impacts and effects, covers two general topics related to offshore development - the
impacts of exploration, development and production activities on the environment, and the quantification of
environmental design loads to deliver safe designs for hydrocarbon exploration and production.

11.1.1.3         Operations and Technology
Operations and technology is a broad area intended to deal with all aspects of hydrocarbon exploration and
development. This research topic includes new, innovative, cost-effective technologies, including those associated
with environmental protection. It also considers new operational approaches and/or technologies that address
improvements to health & safety, economics, and that reduce environmental impacts, increase efficiencies, and
improve business practices.




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11.1.1.4          Policy and Socio-economic factors

The policy committee considers research that relates to local, provincial, federal, and international policy issues
associated with hydrocarbon development in Atlantic Canada. The issues under this research area include socio-
economic impacts and benefits, rights issuance processes, environmental assessments, and harmonization of policies
and regulations.

11.1.1.5          Human Resources

PRAC clearly recognizes that it is the responsibility of universities, colleges and other institutions to develop and
deliver specific programs and courses aimed at the oil and gas industry’s needs. PRAC does not undertake delivery
of education and training programs or overlap the well defined responsibilities of the educational institutions.

The Human Resources PEC will consider research topics that will:
 Improve the level of coordination and cooperation between industry, academia and governments related to
    human resources planning by promoting and facilitating dialogue amongst the various interest groups.
 Increase the understanding of regional issues affecting oil and gas education and training to enable more
    informed and effective planning.
 Enhance the breadth, comprehensiveness and quality of information available to individuals to enable them to
    make more informed career choices with respect to opportunities in the offshore oil and gas industry.



11.1.2            PEC Review Process

The purpose of the PEC’s is to review research proposals that are received through requests for proposals. The
committee meets no less than twice per year to review and make recommendations for funding on proposals based
on committee consensus and external review feedback. Note: When proposals are considered mature by the PEC,
they are sent for external peer review and then referred back to the PEC Chair and lead reviewer from one of the five
committees for recommendation on funding prior to proceeding to the Research Selection Committee.

PEC committee meetings currently alternate between Newfoundland and Halifax, but other Atlantic centres will be
used as appropriate. The meeting location, date and format (in person, teleconference or video conference) are
usually set by consensus to be as efficient and convenient as possible.

One month prior to the PEC meeting that PEC members are sent an agenda, a set of previous minutes, and are
assigned a proposal to lead the discussion during the meeting. The Research Associate is responsible for assigning
each file received to the appropriate PEC under the direction of the R&D Manager. All proposals are placed on a
password protected area of PRAC’s website where PEC members download the documents prior to the meeting.
Hard copies of the proposals can be sent to members upon request. PEC members who have questions pertaining to
the application that cannot be addressed by PRAC’s R&D Manager or Research Associate may request that the
R&D Manager contact the applicant with appropriate questions they would like addressed to prior to the meeting.
PEC members should not contact applicants directly without the authorization of PRAC’s R&D Manager.

Two weeks prior to the PEC meeting a reminder is sent to members and a final notice is sent one week prior to the
meeting. Teleconferencing, meeting room, and catering for the PEC’s is handled by the Research Associate.

The day of the PEC meeting, members review the previous minutes and are invited to bring forward updates prior
to proposal review. During the review phase each member who has         been assigned a proposal proceeds to give an
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facilitated by the PEC Chair. The Research Associate is responsible for transcribing minutes during the review
process.

The PEC evaluates the proposal on scientific content, strategic value, proposal quality, and quality and character of
its leverage and partnerships.
The main focus of the PEC is to determine if the proposal is of strategic priority and whether it should then go
forward for external review. The PEC may reject, forward to external review, or ask for revisions as appropriate.
Often additional researchers or users of the research can be suggested through the broad range of expertise resident
within a PEC.

The week after the PEC meeting, the Research Associate is responsible for completing a set of minutes for the
meeting that are sent to the PEC Chair for approval and are then forwarded to the PEC members. A copy of the
minutes is placed on the committee documents section of the website for one month

In the two weeks after the PEC meeting, the Research Associate drafts letters to the applicants notifying them on
the status of their proposal. All letters are sent to the PEC Chair for approval prior to being sent out to the applicant.
Once the PEC Chairs have approved the letters they are sent to the applicants via mail and e-mail to ensure receipt.
If the PEC asks the applicant to address points raised by the Committee the applicant must address the questions and
respond within the timeframe outlined in the letter. The applicant’s proposal will not go back to the PEC until the
questions posed in the letter are adequately addressed. If more than six months passes the applicant will be sent a file
closer letter, if the applicant does not sign the letter and respond within 14 working days the PRAC file will be
closed and removed from the proposal review queue.
Proposals that address the request for modifications in the required timeframe will be forwarded to the appropriate
PEC Chair and lead reviewer for final comment. Once the revisions are approved by the PEC Chair and lead
reviewer, the PEC will convene by teleconference or e-mail to either reject the proposal or recommend forwarding
for review. External reviewers are chosen by PEC members and can be identified using PRAC’s external reviewer
contact database. Note: External reviewer comments are not made available to the applicant until after the RSC
recommendations are before PRAC’s Executive Committee. Applicants may request copies of the external reviews
once the RSC process is completed.




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11.1.3            Technical Ranking of Targeted Call Research Proposals

                           PROPOSAL EVALUATION COMMITTEE
                                                   √ Checklist
Proposal #______________

General
1.   Preliminary or Full (P/F)                                         ____________

2.   Consistent with one or more PRAC research themes                  ____________

3.   Appropriate funding potential maximized from other sources        ____________

4.   Technically sound                                                 ____________

5.   Pertinent to issues in Atlantic Canada                            ____________

6.   Includes collaboration with other research teams                  ____________

Particulars
Does the proposal:

     a)    show some level of innovation                               ____________
     b)    improve cost-effectiveness/economics                        ____________
     c)    improve environmental protection                            ____________
     d)    new operational approach/technology                         ____________
     e)    improve business practices                                  ____________
     f)    enhance efficiencies                                        ____________

Should this proposal be reviewed by another PEC                        ____________
If so, which one?                                                      ____________

Comments:
 ___________________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________

Recommendation:

Needs further development                                              ____________
Ready for external review                                              ____________
Not appropriate




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11.1.4          Technical Ranking of Targeted Call Research Proposals
         Proposal Ranking Criteria                                                      Weight   Score
         Strength and quality of research approach                                          40
         Does the project identify a challenge relative to Atlantic Canada oil & gas        20
         community
         Is the challenge significant (on priority list)                                    20
         Will results improve competitiveness of Atlantic Canada industry                   20
         Are there clear, distinct and measurable deliverables                              20
         Are deliverables achievable                                                        20
         Are project management controls in place                                           20
         Does research team have the expertise                                              20
         Will results reduce environmental risk                                             10
         Will results reduce human risk                                                     10
         Have receptors been identified                                                     10
         Are receptors engaged in the project                                               10
         Have stakeholders been identified                                                  10
         Is there a plan to transfer knowledge/product to stakeholders.                     10
         Is new knowledge, local expertise being developed                                  10
         Is project manager qualified and not overloaded                                    10
         Is project duration reasonable                                                     10
         Is there collaboration between researcher and industry, or other researchers       10
         Does research team have proper equipment to perform project                        10
         Have contingency plans been thought out, incorporated                              10
         Total                                                                             300




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11.2 PEC Conflict of Interest Guidelines

1.   Chairs of the PECs will ensure that:

     a)   Proponents are not present during any discussion of his or her proposal;

     b) PEC members declare in the meeting (or in any correspondence) any institutional affiliation (including
        R&D that would directly benefit their institution) with a proposal under discussion

2.   PECs are consensus-based committees, but in the event of a vote on any decision related to a proposal,
     proponents cannot vote. Minutes must identify any member who has an institutional conflict of interest in
     the result of the vote.

3.   Members of PECs can collectively or individually develop proposals, proposal ideas, or recommend
     specific projects for funding by PRAC.

     a) Proposals developed by members must follow the Guideline 1.

     b) In the event that proposal ideas result in the submission of a proposal(s) to PRAC and the Member(s) is
        not a proponent, the Member(s) must follow Guideline 2;

     c)   If the PEC recommends that specific projects be undertaken by PRAC through a limited request for
          proposal (RFP), Members are permitted to respond to the RFP. If Members respond to the RFP,
          PRAC will not include these Members in the review process of the responses to the RFP.




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11.3 Research Selection Committee/ Proposal Evaluation Committee
                    Confidentiality agreement

I understand that confidentiality in my work as a Proposal Evaluation Committee (“PEC”) or Research Selection
Committee (“RSC”) member is crucial to maintaining the integrity of the Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada
(“PRAC”) research selection process. As a PEC or RSC member, I will have access to documents containing
personal information relating to each proposal.

I agree that I shall not violate the confidentiality interests of proponents and of PRAC. The documentation I am
provided with must be used only for the purpose for which it was originally collected, i.e., assessing research
proposals submitted to PRAC (RSC and PECs) and making funding recommendations (RSC only). It must not be
used for any other purpose, discussed with others, or disclosed to external parties.

I understand that PRAC documents in my possession must be stored in a secure manner to prevent unauthorized
access. Information regarding these documents (and the documents themselves) must be transmitted using secure
techniques and when no longer required they should be destroyed by deleting electronic files and by shredding or
burning paper files.

Evaluation deliberations are confidential. Comments made by individual committee members during the proposal
assessment and the conclusions of the committee’s review must never be discussed or disclosed except where the
disclosure is:

    1.   At the request of PRAC
    2.   Required under legal compulsion, such as by order of a court or tribunal

By signing this agreement I consent to following its guiding principles; acknowledge reading its provisions; and
agree to take personal responsibility for my actions. I also acknowledge that I have read PRAC’s Conflict of Interest
Guidelines. I understand that any violation of this agreement, the Conflict of Interest Guidelines, or of
confidentiality in general may be cause for disciplinary action and my removal from the PEC or RSC.

If I have any questions about this agreement, or the Conflict of Interest Guidelines, I understand that I am free to
consult with PRAC.

____________________________                           ____________________________
Name (Please print)                                    Signature

                                                       ____________________________
                                                       Date

Please return this form to: PRAC, 1321 Edward St, Halifax NS B3H 3H5 .




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