July 25, 2018


National Academies’ Gulf Research Program Announces $10 Million Grant Opportunity for Enhancing Coastal Community Resilience in the Gulf of Mexico Region

WASHINGTON – The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today announced a new grant opportunity focused on enhancing coastal community resilience and well-being in the Gulf of Mexico region. The GRP intends to award up to $10 million to projects bringing together researchers and practitioners to collaborate on efforts that increase understanding of how community attributes and systems affect resilience and provide actionable information that can be used to implement policies and practices to enhance resilience.

“Resilience is the ability of communities to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and adapt to stressors from acute and longer-term adverse events. Building resilience is a complex challenge, particularly in the coastal Gulf of Mexico region, which faces a multitude of compounding stressors associated with climate change, severe weather, and chronic impacts of environmental degradation,” said Laura Windecker, associate program officer for the GRP. “We’re seeking projects that will create a fuller picture of how Gulf communities can increase their resilience and that these communities can immediately start using to guide their own policies and practices.”

This new funding opportunity builds on previous GRP funding intended to bridge the gap between the knowledge and practice of community resilience, including $10.8 million in grants awarded in 2017 in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on the same topic. This opportunity aims to continue to advance information exchange and collaboration between researchers and those who seek to implement policies and practices to enhance the resilience of their communities.

Applications for this funding opportunity have two stages. A required letter of intent is due Sept. 19, 2018, by 5 p.m. EDT. For those who submit a letter of intent, a full proposal is then due by Nov. 28, 2018, by 5 p.m. EDT. Awards will be made to projects lasting up to 36 months. Announcement of the awards is expected in the spring or summer of 2019.

For more information about this opportunity, how to apply, and past GRP grants awarded on this topic, visit www.nas.edu/gulf/grants.

The National Academies' 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. The program has $500 million for use over 30 years to fund grants, fellowships, and other activities in the areas of research and development, education and training, and monitoring and synthesis. Visit www.national-academies.org/gulf to learn more.

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