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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.

NAS Gulf Research Program Awards $1.5 Million in First Round of Exploratory Grants

Sept. 9, 2015

WASHINGTON – The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced today the recipients of 12 exploratory grants, totaling more than $1.5 million, intended to catalyze innovative thinking in one of two areas: (1) how to effectively educate and train offshore oil and gas and health professionals and (2) how to improve understanding of links between human well-being and ecosystem services related to oil and gas production.

The one-year grants provide seed money for research in its early conceptual phase, for activities that can accelerate concept to testing, or for development of novel approaches.  These grants also could support the application of new expertise or engagement of non-traditional disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives. 

"We look forward to seeing how the innovative proposals funded under the first theme contribute to workforce capacity-building," said Gulf Research Program senior program officer Evonne Tang.  "We are also pleased that the projects funded under the second theme so clearly illustrate the links between human health and well-being and ecosystem services."  The proposals were selected after an external peer review.

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