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Scientific Research Disaster Recovery Grants - Request for Applications (CLOSED)

Key Dates and Information
Total funding available: $2 million
Maximum award amount: $50,000
Award Duration: Up to 12 months

This opportunity consists of two cycles to help researchers resume their research quickly as well as give them more time to assess their losses:

Cycle 1

November 6, 2017: Online submission opens
January 3, 2018, 5:00 pm ET: Applications due (CLOSED)
January 2018: Award selection

Cycle 2
January 8, 2017: Online submission opens
February 28, 2018, 5:00 pm ET: Applications due (CLOSED)
March 2018: Award selection
Hurricane Harvey

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In response to the impacts of Gulf Coast hurricanes Harvey and Irma on scientific research, the Gulf Research Program (GRP) will fund small grants to help with repair, replacement, or recovery of equipment, data, and/or other research materials damaged or lost due to the hurricanes and their aftermaths. These awards are intended to help scientists recover from their losses and minimize downtime for their research efforts.

What We Are Looking For:
We will accept applications from organizations on behalf of scientists who:
  • Conduct research relevant to at least one of the following three GRP Initiatives: Healthy Ecosystems, Thriving Communities, and/or Safer Offshore Energy Systems. Applicants are encouraged to review the detailed description of each of the three GRP initiatives.
  • Need relatively fast support to help repair, replace, or recover equipment, data, and/or other research materials damaged or lost as a result of the impacts of the 2017 Gulf Coast hurricane season.
The types of things the GRP anticipates funding include, but are not limited to:
  • Repair or replacement of sensors that were damaged or lost as a result of the hurricanes.
  • Recovery of data lost due to server or computer failure from flooding or other impacts.
  • Locating and re-establishing communication with research participants displaced by the hurricanes.
The GRP may also consider funding for travel to remote field sites to assess the state of deployed resources (e.g., ship time to reach deployed sensors). Grant funds cannot be used on institutional overhead or indirect charges.

Applicants will be asked to provide:
  • A short description of the types of equipment, data, or other research materials that were lost and/or damaged, as well as how and where in the Gulf region they were lost and/or damaged (up to 250 words).
  • A short description of the project or projects that use the lost or damaged equipment, data, and/or other research materials (up to 500 words).
  • An explanation of how the research effort is relevant to the Gulf Research Program (i.e., it supports healthy ecosystems, thriving communities, and/or safer offshore energy systems; up to 500 words).
  • A justification of the need for relatively quick repair, replacement, or recovery, including how the loss could result in a major setback to the research effort and/or the researcher’s career progression (up to 500 words).
  • A short explanation of each line item in the budget (up to 500 words)
  • Information about the original funding source for the research effort through which the equipment, data, or other research materials were acquired.
  • Certification that the loss will not be covered by insurance.
  • A budget.

Applications will be evaluated based on relevance to the GRP and need.

Award Information:
  • Total funding available: $2 million
  • Maximum amount for each award: $50,000 (grant funds cannot be used on institutional overhead or indirect charges)
  • Estimated number of awards: Resources made available under this funding opportunity will depend on the applications received. The Gulf Research Program reserves the right to negotiate, some, one, or none of the applications received in response to this solicitation.
  • Award duration: Grants will be awarded to support projects up to 12 months in length.

The Gulf Research Program welcomes applications from all types of U.S. organizations, excluding federal agencies, on behalf of qualified individuals. The applying organization will be referred to as the “applicant” hereafter. The individuals who will lead the proposed project will be referred to as “project directors” hereafter.

Project directors usually initiate applications that are officially submitted by their employing organizations (the applicant). When initiating an application, the project director typically is responsible for ensuring the application meets all the requirements outlined by the Gulf Research Program as well as any requirements set by the employing organizations.

The applicant must not have received any other support or be seeking support from other funders for repair, replacement, or recovery of this equipment, data, or research material loss. The applicant must also certify that this loss will not be covered by insurance.

U.S. organizations (excluding federal agencies) that have a valid federal tax ID number are eligible to apply.

Applicants may submit only a single application pertaining to any particular loss or damage. Applicants who are not selected for funding in Cycle 1 for a particular loss or damage may not submit an application for the same loss or damage in Cycle 2.

Eligibility is not limited to a particular career stage, however the GRP is particularly interested in assisting graduate students, post docs, and early-career researchers whose careers may suffer setbacks as a result of hurricane-related losses.