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Re: Host a Scientific Expedition!
for 440k, heck, buy a boat for 50k and rent a skipper
And may very well have been a part of the original request.
If you really want to get nervous, read Congressional Budget Office reports on the lack of accountability or monitoring of NSF grants. Once the money is out the door, they don't even check to see if the proposed research was actually completed.
I know I'm fanning the flame here. Other than just educating some in how this works, I think anyone that considers offering their boat and services should know whether they are being taken advantage of. Again, I'm not accusing these guys. I just haven't yet heard what the money was earmarked for.
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