For some time, we’ve been involved with running the SAMPL series of blind challenges focused on driving progress in modeling of physical properties and binding (see also the D3R page and our SAMPL NIH proposal) and recently, we’ve sought support from the NIH for this work. However, this is an unconventional type of proposal for the NIH, since the focus is on driving progress of other people’s methods. Thus, we need SAMPL participants’ help documenting to the NIH that SAMPL is valuable in driving methodological progress.
Specifically, we are seeking brief testimonials as to how the SAMPL challenges have been valuable to participants and their groups/collaborators. We need these prior to June 1. We’re especially in need of testimonials which give specific examples of how SAMPL has helped spur methodological innovation and progress in your research. That is, did you change your approached based on SAMPL? How and why? How was SAMPL important in that process?
If you are able to provide such a testimonial, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a link to upload a file. Testimonials should be on letterhead, include your name, contact info, and signature, and should give specific examples. They can also (if appropriate) express your enthusiasm for our future SAMPL plans and explain how you see SAMPL helping progress in the field.
(Relatedly, we also need folks to fill our SAMPL survey on our future plans and the value of SAMPL for the field.)