Nov. 6, 2017


National Academies' Gulf Research Program Commits $2 Million to Assist Scientific Research Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

WASHINGTON – The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today announced it will award up to $2 million in fast-track grants to help scientific research efforts recover from the impacts of Gulf Coast hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  To be eligible, affected research efforts must be relevant to the GRP’s focus on enhancing human health, environmental resources, and offshore energy safety in the Gulf of Mexico region.

“Numerous research efforts in the Gulf region have experienced serious setbacks as a result of displaced researchers and staff, damaged equipment, data lost in flooding, and other disruptions,” said Maggie Walser, director of education and capacity building for the Gulf Research Program.  “With this funding opportunity, the GRP aims to help scientists recover from their losses and carry on with important research that could eventually strengthen the Gulf region’s resiliency to hurricanes and other adverse events in the future.”

Scientists whose research efforts were affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and their aftermaths are invited to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to help with repair, replacement, or recovery of equipment, data, or other research materials damaged or lost.

Funding will occur in two cycles in order to help researchers get support quickly while also allowing them time to assess their losses. The first cycle will be open from Nov. 6 to Jan. 3, with funding decisions expected to occur in January. The second cycle will be open from Jan. 8 to Feb. 28, with funding decisions expected to occur in March.

For more information about this and other funding opportunities from the program, visit

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. 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 to learn more.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. The Academies operate under an 1863 congressional charter to the National Academy of Sciences, signed by President Lincoln. For more information, visit

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