On November 14th, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) announced the selection of 12 research consortia to conduct scientific studies of the impacts of oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health. The consortia were chosen following a competitive, merit review process that evaluated research applications submitted to GoMRI in response to its RFP-IV program solicitation. A combined total of $140 million in funding was announced for the consortia to perform three years of research from 2015-2017. More information is available on the newly funded consortia here.
Also in November, GoMRI attended this year’s 142nd Annual Meeting and Expo for the American Public Health Association in New Orleans. Several members of the GoMRI management team hosted an information booth on the program to help raise awareness of GoMRI funding opportunities among the Public Health community. During the conference, there was also a well-attended Gulf of Mexico-related session entitled: When Place Matters: Investments in Science Benefit Community Resilience, Public Health and Sustainability on the US Gulf Coast. The session was organized and moderated by Allen Dearry (NIEHS), and included a panel with a series of presentations, including one by the GoMRI Chief Scientific Officer, Chuck Wilson.
Plans for the 2015 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference continue to move forward. Abstract acceptance notifications went out in mid-November and a full Conference Program will be available soon, so keep up to date by visiting our conference website, following us on Twitter (#gulfscienceconference) and liking us on Facebook. Also, please keep in mind that Early Registration for the conference will close today, December 5th.
The GoMRI program released a new Request for Proposals (RFP) on November 13th. The purpose of the RFP is to select the research activities for GoMRI Years 6–8 (January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2018) involving individual investigators or collaborative efforts comprising a principal investigator and up to three co-principal investigators. The total funds available for distribution through the 2016-2018 GoMRI Individual Investigators RFP will be approximately $9 million per year. Letters of Intent are due on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Learn more about this opportunity here.