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. Â 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.Â No letter of intent is required from potential grant applicants.Â The deadline to submit a proposal for RFP-III is 17 June 2011 at 9:00 p.m. EDT.Â 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