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The Gulf Research Program Annual Report 2015 (2016)

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Suggested Citation:"Outreach and Collaboration." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. The Gulf Research Program Annual Report 2015. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23643.
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Outreach and Collaboration

Because the GRP is still a relatively new entity, we strive to raise awareness of our work and that of the Academies and to reach out to new stakeholders and potential collaborators both in the Gulf region and beyond. In 2015, GRP staff and advisory board members participated in a wide variety of meetings relevant to oil system safety, human health and well-being, and environmental protection. We met with a broad array of individuals at meetings and conferences. Our online audience of subscribers grew by nearly one-third.

The GRP is one of many organizations born of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and one of several more with a shared commitment to fostering science that brings significant and lasting benefits to the Gulf region and the nation. To reduce duplication of efforts and to identify areas for collaboration, the GRP interacts frequently with many of these programs and groups. For example, the GRP:

  • Participates in the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Funders Ad Hoc Group, which includes the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, NOAA, North American Wetlands Conservation Fund, the RESTORE Council, and RESTORE Act state Centers of Excellence, and coordinates with relevant federal agencies, such as BOEM, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), and the Inter-agency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research (ICCOPR).
  • Coordinates with 20 liaisons from 12 federal agencies and programs (i.e., BOEM, BSEE, ICCOPR, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NOAA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, and the RESTORE Council) to share information and coordinate activities on issues of shared interest.
  • Provides support for the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative’s Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference, including sponsorship of sessions designed for helping students improve their ability to communicate about their scientific research.
  • Serves as co-sponsor for a BOEM workshop, “U.S.–Mexico Workshop to Coordinate Future Environmental Studies Related to Ocean Energy Management in the Gulf of Mexico” planned for 2017.
  • Initiated a collaborative project with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to establish a 2016 funding opportunity focused on enhancing community resilience in the Gulf of Mexico region to the negative impacts of climate change, severe weather, and disasters in ways that also improve health and well-being.

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Suggested Citation:"Outreach and Collaboration." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. The Gulf Research Program Annual Report 2015. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23643.
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Each year, the Gulf Research Program produces an annual report to summarize how funds were used. These reports review accomplishments, highlight activities, and, over time, will assess metrics to determine how the program is progressing in accomplishing its goals. The 2015 annual report is the second report in this series.

The Gulf Research Program is an independent, science-based program founded in 2013. Through grants, fellowships, and other activities, it seeks to enhance oil system safety and the protection of human health and the environment in the Gulf of Mexico region and other areas along the U.S. outer continental shelf with offshore oil and gas operations.

This report captures key developments and successes in 2015, as the Gulf Research Program began to implement its strategic vision and conducted its first funding competitions, investing more than $6.5 million in institutions and people in the Gulf region and beyond. It also introduces four initiatives that characterize the program’s main areas of interest. These initiatives will guide the development of a portfolio of grants, fellowships, and other activities with cumulative and lasting impact.

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