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Gulf Research Program
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The Gulf Research Program is an independent, science-based program founded in 2013 as part of legal settlements with the companies involved in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. It seeks to enhance offshore energy system safety and protect human health and the environment by catalyzing advances in science, practice, and capacity to generate long-term benefits for the Gulf of Mexico region and the nation. It funds grants, fellowships, and other activities in the areas of research and development, education and training, and monitoring and synthesis.

2019 Fellowships Applications Open

Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Fellowships

Applications are now open for our two fellowship opportunities: Early-Career Research Fellowships and Science Policy Fellowships.

Our Early-Career Research Fellows receive two years of unrestricted funding to pursue innovative research and unique collaborations with independence, flexibility, and a built-in support network. Applications are due by February 20, 2019.

Our Science Policy Fellows gain first-hand experience at the interface of science and policy as they spend one year alongside decision-makers at agencies across Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Florida. Applications are due by March 6, 2019.

Lauren Alexander AugustineGulf Research Program Announces Lauren Alexander Augustine as New Executive Director

Following a national search, the Gulf Research Program is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lauren Alexander Augustine as its new Executive Director. Augustine comes to the Gulf Research Program with experience working in a variety of roles on a broad range of topics pertaining to water, natural disasters, and resilience. Prior to accepting the position, Augustine served as director of the National Academies’ Resilient America Program, which supports communities’ efforts to build resilience to extreme events using science and diverse stakeholder engagement. Developing disaster and community resilience are an important component of the Gulf Research Program’s mission, and Augustine’s knowledge and experience in these areas will be valuable in her new role.

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