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Current Grant Opportunities

Research-Practice Grants (Opened March 15, 2017)
Topic 1: Integration of Monitoring and Evaluation into Environmental Restoration Projects to Improve Outcomes in the Gulf of Mexico
Topic 2: Improving Risk-Based Evaluations to Support a Public Health Response to the Next Oil Spill
Mandatory letter of intent deadline: 5pm ET on May 3, 2017
Complete information about the topics, as well as application instructions and eligibility requirements
Research-practice grants aim to advance science and its application by (1) accelerating knowledge transfer from researchers to practitioners, thereby facilitating implementation; and/or (2) encouraging the use of practitioners’ knowledge and lessons learned from experience to inform research. Proposed projects must be hypothesis-driven and seek to improve science and practice by bringing together researchers, practitioners, or other relevant perspectives.

Research & Development Grants
Preventing the Next Spill: Understanding Systemic Risk in the Offshore Oil and Gas Environment
Full proposal deadline: April 12, 2017, 5pm ET (only open to applicants who submitted a letter of intent)
Complete information about the Award Year 2017 topic, application instructions, and eligibility requirements
With this grant opportunity, the Gulf Research Program seeks to support research that will advance fundamental science or provide the scientific basis for the development of new technologies, processes, or procedures to reduce or better understand the systemic risk leading to uncontrolled hydrocarbon release in the offshore oil and gas environment. Proposed research should address scientific and/or technological research gaps identified in literature, by industry, or by regulatory agencies – gaps that, if filled, could result in a reduction of systemic risk in the offshore oil and gas environment.


Past Grant Information and Awardees

Research-Practice Grants – Award Year  2017
A funding opportunity of the Gulf Research Program in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Grants of up to 36 months for scientifically-valid research and practice projects that will develop information, test strategies, and provide evidence that can be used by communities to enhance their resilience to the adverse impacts of climate change, severe weather, and major environmental disasters, in ways that also improve well-being.

Capacity Building Grants – Award Year  2016
Grants of up to two years to support work to enhance community networks that improve coastal environments, health, and well-being.

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.
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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.
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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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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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Questions about Gulf Research Program grants?

Email GulfGrants@nas.edu