Accounts & Users

A BDSC account is required to order stocks. Accounts are available to faculty- or administration-level individuals at qualified research, educational and commercial organizations. Please review the information below before requesting an account.

  • Account Types

    We offer four account types to meet different needs. Consult your purchasing agent to determine which account types are compatible with your organization's rules and procedures so that you can request an account type that is appropriate for your organization. After your account has been established you can contact us at any time to change your account type.

  • Account Users

    When you request an account you will provide the name and email address of the Account Holder. To help us document use of the collection by the research community we request that your Account Holder be a Principle Investigator whenever possible. You have the option to designate an account Delegate to receive quotes, statements and other correspondence associated with orders placed on your account. Additional users can be added after your account has been established. If your group includes multiple PIs we encourage you to include all of them as named account users (this helps us match use to NIH grantees).

  • Charges for Stocks

    Charges for use of the collection, with the exception of courier charges, are listed on the Fees page. Fees are fixed for the calendar year and apply to all stocks ordered for shipment in the calendar year. Import costs such as duties, taxes and veterinary inspection fees vary by country and must be paid by your organization directly to the courier or relevant authorities.

  • Addresses

    Shipping Address. Stocks are shipped to qualified organizational addresses by mail or courier (no residential addresses, please). Provide a shipping address that is appropriate for your preferred shipping method, or provide multiple shipping addresses to choose among when placing an order.

    Organizational Address. If you have stocks shipped to an organization other than your own we ask you to provide your organizational address as well.

    Billing/Invoicing Address. If you use an organizational Purchase Order to buy stocks we send the invoice to the billing address indicated on the Purchase Order.

  • Shipping Methods

    Available shipping methods vary by country. If more than one method is available for your country you can select the options you want available for orders on your account. Import costs such as duties, taxes and veterinary inspection fees vary by country and must be paid by your organization directly to the courier or relevant authorities.

    United States Postal Service.  USPS shipments of 20 or fewer stocks within the USA are sent First-Class Mail. USPS shipments of more than 20 stocks within the USA are sent Priority Mail. USPS shipments outside the USA are sent First-Class Package International Mail (up to 90 stocks) or Priority Mail International (>90 stocks). Domestic shipments of over 430 stocks or international shipments greater than 200 stocks will be sent in multiple boxes.

    Courier Services.UPS Ground or Air service is available with courier charges paid by BDSC and billed with your stocks, or with courier charges billed directly to your UPS account.
    FedEx Standard Overnight, International Priority or International Economy service is available with courier charges billed directly to your FedEx account.
    DHL Express Worldwide service is available with courier charges billed directly to your DHL account.

  • Privacy Policy

    Email addresses. If a researcher contacts us with a question about a stock you donated that we cannot answer, we may provide your email address to that individual. Otherwise we do not share email addresses with third parties.

    Stock request history. We report collection use statistics to our Scientific Advisory Board and the National Institutes of Health in aggregate or anonymized formats. Otherwise we do not share information about your stock requests with third parties.

    Other account information. We do not share other information about your BDSC User Account with third parties.

  • Conditions of Use, Legal Points and Disclaimers

    You agree to the following conditions when you request a BDSC account.

    Redistribution. Stocks obtained from the BDSC may not be redistributed outside of the recipient's organization without our written consent. When you request a BDSC account and/or order stocks, you agree to this policy on behalf of yourself, all users of your account, and anyone in your organization allowed access to stocks received from BDSC. If anyone covered by this agreement fails to honor it, we may deny you, your group, or your organization access to the stocks and services of the BDSC.

    Patents and Licenses. Many Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center stocks contain patented and/or exclusively licensed components. Patents & license information lists stock components covered by patents and/or licenses. Patent owners and licensees permit unrestricted use of their materials for nonprofit research purposes only. It is the recipient's responsibility to obtain any necessary licenses and/or permissions from the patent holder for any work with these stocks falling outside the scope of this authorization.

    Disclaimers. We cannot guarantee that the genotype of any given stock is as represented in the stock list. We will make every attempt to correct mis-shipments but listed genotypes rely on information provided by donors. By ordering a BDSC stock, the recipient understands and agrees that it takes the item "as is", and further agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the donor(s) of the stock(s), the Trustees of Indiana University and its officers, agents, and employees, including the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center directors and employees, with respect to any claims or causes of action of whatever sort, relating to the Center's provision of the stock(s) or the recipient's receipt, use, and activity with respect to such stock(s).

  • Ready to Request an Account?

    Go to the Sign Up page to request a BDSC account. You will be provided with a Bloomington User Number (BUN) by email when your account set-up is complete.