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Gulf Research Program
New land formation in Atchafalaya Bay at the mouths of the Wax Lake Outlet and the Atchafalaya River. Credit: NASA.
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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.

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Grant Workshop and Upcoming Funding Opportunity on Community Resilience; Apply for Workshop by Mar. 8

In July 2018, we will be opening a grant opportunity, Thriving Communities 5, focused on enhancing community resilience and well-being in the Gulf of Mexico region. In advance of this, we are hosting a Networking and Idea Development Workshop to connect potential applicants, encourage collaboration, and help cultivate innovative ideas for applying to the grant opportunity. Applications to participate in the workshop will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. EST on March 8.

Watch recorded webinar about opportunity and workshop | Learn about workshop | Learn about grant opportunity 


Teacher kids gardening$3 Million Available to Support Scientific and Environmental Literacy

Help ensure that the next generation understands the socio-environmental challenges and opportunities facing their local communities—and that they have the capacity to address them.

The Gulf Research Program announced it will fund up to $3 million in grants to support efforts to increase the scientific and environmental literacy and problem-solving skills of children and youth, with a focus on service-, project-, or problem-based learning opportunities in areas relevant to our initiatives.

A letter of intent is required for this opportunity. Submit your letter of intent by February 14, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. ET.


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Now Accepting Applications for 2018 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’ worth of unrestricted funding to pursue the innovative research and unique collaborations that move coastal science forward. Applications are due by February 21, 2018

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 14, 2018.

Visit our online application system to apply.

Loop Current report coverNew Report: Understanding and Predicting the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current

As the dominant ocean circulation feature in the Gulf of Mexico, the behavior of the Loop Current System influences all types of ocean processes and has major implications for a variety of human and natural systems. However, despite the far-reaching impact of the Loop Current System, knowledge about the underlying dynamics that control its behavior is limited.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine undertook a study to identify existing knowledge gaps about the Loop Current System and to develop a list of recommended efforts to fill those gaps. The Gulf Research Program has issued the resulting report, which calls for an international, multi-institutional campaign of complementary research, observation, and analysis activities that would help improve understanding and prediction of the Loop Current System.

Get the report | Report highlights | Watch recorded webinar about report

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Scientific Research Disaster Recovery Grants
$2 million in grants available to help scientists recover from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Apply for up to $50,000. Cycle 1 closed 01/03/18. Cycle 2 applications are due 02/28/18.
Hiring Associate Program Officer
Seeking an 
Associate Program Officer to work on a portfolio of activities focused on understanding risk in offshore energy operations and characterizing Gulf of Mexico deepwater processes and ecosystems.
$5.3 Million in Research-Practice Grants Awarded
Seven new projects awarded funding in two topic areas: enhancing environmental restoration outcomes and improving oil spill risk assessment.