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January 6, 2015

Looking Back and Looking Ahead: The Gulf Research Program in 2015

2014 was an eventful year for the Gulf Research Program, as seen in the accomplishments below. Our sincere thanks to everyone who provided assistance and insights during the year, and we hope you can see the framework of our program taking shape.


  • Developed a strategic plan to guide the program’s initial years and ensure lasting impact.
  • Convened three opportunity analysis workshops to generate ideas for the program to consider
  • Launched the Program’s inaugural funding competitions, which include fellowships and exploratory grants (Fall 2014)
  • Formed a new Advisory Board to provide continuing expertise to implement the program’s strategic vision (Fall 2014)
  • Co-sponsored the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference in Mobile (January 2014), and will continue as a sponsor for the February 2015 meeting in Houston.
  • Continued community outreach and engagement activities, including in-person meetings, webinars, e-updates about program activities, and a redesigned program website.
  • Participated in numerous meetings, workshops, and conferences to engage stakeholders and be transparent in our planning process.

Upcoming Deadlines:

The Gulf Research Program’s 2015 exploratory grants and fellowships competitions are open. Please visit our grants and fellowships websites to submit the following application materials through our online system:

Exploratory Grants:

  • Letters of intent (required; due January 29 at 8pm ET)
  • Full proposals (online submission opens by February 1 to applicants who submitted a letter of intent; due March 30 at 8pm ET
  • Early-career research fellowship applications (due February 6 at 8pm ET)
  • Science policy fellowship applications (due February 6 at 8pm ET
January 8 Fellowships Webinar:

Are you planning to apply for a Gulf Research Program fellowship? If so, please register for our informational “what you need to know” webinar this Thursday, January 8 from 1:00-2:30pm ET. The webinar offers an opportunity to learn more about our fellowship opportunities and ask questions.

Looking Ahead:

Looking ahead, the Gulf Research Program envisions a productive 2015. Like our first year advisors, our new Advisory Board will provide the intellectual leadership for the program. They will work by email, calls, and meetings, and three full meetings scheduled for March 10-11, 2015, June 25-26, and October 13-14 (locations TBD). As a result of initial planning and the Advisory Board’s guidance, a third funding competition, in the area of synthesis and integration of existing environmental monitoring data, will be announced in late spring. Also, the Advisory Board will continue setting up program operations and implementing the strategic plan – setting up grant cycles and themes, planning some more ambitious and innovative opportunities, and demonstrating our capability to work in partnership with other funders. We will also continue to be active in meetings, conferences, and other ways to interact with stakeholders and gather input on needs and opportunities.


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