Over its 30-year duration, the Gulf Research Program works to enhance oil system safety and the protection of human health and the environment in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. outer continental shelf areas by seeking to improve understanding of the region’s interconnecting human, environmental, and energy systems and fostering application of these insights to benefit Gulf communities, ecosystems, and the Nation.
Academies Gulf Research Program and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Create a $10 Million Grants Program to Build Healthy, Resilient Coastal Communities
June 16, 2016
WASHINGTON – The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has joined with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to establish a $10 million grants program to fund projects that enhance the science and practice of coastal community resilience in the Gulf of Mexico region. These projects will explore the interrelated health, social, environmental, and economic impacts of disasters and other environmental stressors and inform strategies to address these challenges in Gulf communities.
Rather than focus on infrastructure needs or the built environment, as many existing resilience-focused programs do, the new grants program will support the study of the human dynamics -- such as physical and mental health, social cohesiveness, and social and economic well-being -- that influence a community’s ability to respond to adverse events. The program will also encourage the development of research-informed strategies and practices for strengthening community health and resilience.