Dec. 13, 2017


National Academies' Gulf Research Program Launches New Funding Opportunity to Advance Scientific and Environmental Literacy

WASHINGTON – The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today announced a new opportunity for nonprofit, state, and local entities to apply for grant funding to advance the scientific and environmental literacy and problem-solving skills of children and youth in the K-12 grade range.

"We are very excited to support education-based projects that will help cultivate a new generation of citizens who are engaged and eager to contribute their talents to advancing the goals of the Gulf Research Program,” said Karena Ruggiero, an associate program officer for the GRP’s Capacity Building initiative. “By supporting learning opportunities for students, we are ensuring the impact of our funding will extend well beyond the duration of any individual project." 

The Gulf Research Program will distribute $3 million to projects that will provide learning experiences that will help children and youth begin to cultivate the knowledge and skills necessary to become informed citizens, scientists, engineers, and decision-makers able to address the socio-environmental challenges of the future.

Projects must be linked to topics relevant to the GRP’s program initiatives of Healthy Ecosystems, Thriving Communities, and Safer Offshore Energy Systems. Projects that will occur in the United States Gulf of Mexico region are strongly encouraged.

The application process requires two steps. The first step is submission of a required letter of intent by Wednesday, Feb. 14. Those that submit a letter of intent then have until Wednesday, April 11, to submit a full proposal.

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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 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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