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Enhancing Resilience and Well-being in Gulf Region Coastal Communities
A Grants Program of the Gulf Research Program in Collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Letter of intent deadline: October 5, 2016
Complete information about this opportunity, including application instructions and eligibility requirements, will be available when this opportunity opens on July 27, 2016. To be notified, sign up to receive e-updates from the Gulf Research Program.

This funding opportunity seeks to enhance the resilience of Gulf region communities to the negative impacts of environmental change in ways that also improve health and well-being, and promote health equity. Proposed projects should seek to improve both the science and the practice of resilience by engaging integrative teams in the development of rigorous and actionable information and the testing and evaluation of strategies at a community-level. Projects should explore the human dynamics of resilience (including but not limited to the impact of social inequity and local culture) in the face of environmental change (including but not limited to the consequences of climate change, severe weather, and other environmental disasters whether acute or chronic).

Capacity Building Grants
Award Year 2016 Topic: Enhancing Community Networks that Improve Coastal Environments, Health, and Well-being 
Letter of intent deadline: July 13, 2016
Complete information about the Award Year 2016 topic, application instructions, and eligibility requirements

Grant Type Description
The Gulf Research Program's Capacity Building Grants support projects conducted by community or regionally-focused organizations that seek to advance understanding of how science can serve community needs and to extend the use of such information to address coastal challenges. Proposed projects should seek to improve the capacity of organizations by supporting the development, expansion, testing, and evaluation of strategies, programs, and approaches for achieving these goals. For the purposes of these grants, “community and regionally-focused organizations” are defined as nonprofit and nonacademic entities that support educational, service, and/or coordination activities and that typically include some engagement of community residents, decision-makers, and/or leaders at a regional, state, or local level. Partnerships with academic organizations are allowed, but project leadership and management should be in the hands of the applying nonprofit organization. Each award year will focus on a different topic. 

Past Grant Information and Awardees

Exploratory Grants – Award Year  2016
Grants of up to two years to support innovative work on scenario planning to advance safety culture and minimize risk in offshore oil and gas operations or to inform coastal community planning and response to environmental change in regions with offshore oil and gas operations.
(Awards will be made in fall 2016.)

Synthesis Grants – Award Year  2016
Two-year grants for projects that use scientific synthesis connecting environmental, social, and/or health data to advance understanding of the short- and long-term impacts of offshore oil and gas operations on human communities in coastal regions adjacent to the U.S. outer continental shelf, or to advance study design, tools, models and technologies for assessing human exposure to environmental contaminants, including acute or chronic exposures related to oil spills and other sudden and large-scale environmental disasters, and related impacts on individuals and populations.

Exploratory Grants – Award Year  2015
One-year grants intended to catalyze innovative thinking about how to effectively educate and train offshore oil and gas and health professionals, or how to improve understanding of links between human wellbeing and ecosystem services related to oil and gas production.
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Data Synthesis Grants – Award Year 2015
Two-year grants for activities that synthesize existing data that could inform efforts to restore and maintain the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem services, or that enhance understanding of the Deep Gulf or its physical and biological connectivity to coastal communities.
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