Independent Science Review, Gulf Of Mexico Ecosystem Restoration Council

2017-10-16T13:54:33+00:00 October 16, 2017|

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council invites you to engage in the independent science review of Gulf of Mexico ecosystem restoration projects and programs being considered for funding by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (the Council) that
was created as part of the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act).

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) and Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative (GOMURC) have contracted with the Council to conduct scientific reviews of projects and programs funded under the RESTORE Act Council‐funded Restoration and Spill Impact Components. The Council is charged with using a portion of these funds to implement priority restoration projects and programs across the Gulf that are
based on the best available science (BAS).

Accordingly, we seek reviewers to conduct independent, unbiased science reviews of proposed restoration projects and programs. Each proposal will be reviewed by three independent experts. We expect proposals to range in size and amount requested. Approved reviewers will need to complete their review within 2 weeks to receive a stipend of $500 per review.

Final selection and assignment of reviewers will be based on qualifications and lack of conflict of interest to be confirmed prior to review assignments. Desired qualifications include:

  • academic and/or professional experience related to science and restoration
  •  relevant advanced degrees
  •  experience derived from on‐the‐ground implementation of coastal restoration projects and programs.

Potential reviewers are not automatically disqualified from becoming a reviewer if participating on a proposal with a Council Member or if you think you may have some other potential conflict of interest. The Council has a clear conflict of interest policy and we will address such issues when assigning proposals to reviewers. Also, please note that the identities of reviewers will not be disclosed to Council members or the general public. The content of reviews will be available to Council members and possibly to the general public; however, the names and affiliations of reviewers will remain anonymous.

We expect to receive projects and programs for review from the Council intermittently over the next three years. Potential reviewers will be added to our database and contacted as these requests are processed, so we will be in touch as needed. Prior to distribution of projects and programs for review, we will host a webinar to orient reviewers on the background, process, and expectations for the review.

If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please complete the attached application form. Return the form via email with your Curriculum Vitae to GOMURC@usf.edu. Please put “BAS Reviewer Application” in the subject line of your return email. We will confirm receipt. 

For more information please contact:  Cara Cooper at caracooper@usf.edu