The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Research Board announced on 7 June 2011 that up to $1.5 million in grants will be available to provide funds for the acquisition of samples and critical observations of effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Request for Proposals (RFP-III) will support sampling during 1 July to 30 September 2011.

The RFP-III addresses the urgent need to provide stop-gap or emergency funding to continue observations and sampling and/or to initiate new observations and sampling during the summer months.

Accelerated proposal submission, review, and grant allocation will be employed for RFP-III.  No letter of intent is required from potential grant applicants.  The deadline to submit a proposal for RFP-III is 17 June 2011 at 9:00 p.m. EDT.  Awards will be announced on 30 June 2011.

RFP-III is open to all academic and research institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers.

Awards will be made in a competitive review of proposals submitted.

The GRI Research Board is an independent body established by BP and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) to oversee BP’s $500 million commitment to fund independent research on the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Detailed information about RFP-III, including grant application requirements and procedures, is available on the GRI Research Board web site at http://griresearchboard.org/rfp/RFP-III.html