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Current Grant Opportunities

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. 

Synthesis Grants
Award Year 2016 Topic: Scientific Synthesis Connecting Environmental, Social, and/or Health Data
No new letters of intent being accepted
Full proposal deadline: June 22, 2016

Complete information about the Award Year 2016 topic, application instructions, and eligibility requirements

Grant Type Description
The Gulf Research Program's Synthesis Grants support projects that will generate novel insights, address critical questions, or lead to new approaches to interpreting and using existing observations or monitoring data by bringing together concepts, methods, and/or data from different disciplines and sectors (i.e., scientific synthesis). Proposed projects should involve the integration of distinct elements into a possibly complex but coherent whole to accomplish the research. These grants are not intended to support the mere collation of data without a specific purpose or the collection of primary data (including new field, laboratory, or imagery data). 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.)

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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