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Suggested Citation:"Key Accomplishments in 2017." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. The Gulf Research Program Annual Report 2017. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25223.
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Key Accomplishments in 2017

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1 Awarded 6 Safer Offshore Energy System Grants totaling $10.8 million to support efforts to develop new technologies, processes, or procedures that could result in improved understanding and management of systemic risk in offshore oil and gas operations.

2 Awarded 4 Thriving Communities Grants totaling $10.8 million in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support efforts to enhance the science and practice of resilience in coastal communities in the Gulf of Mexico region.

3 Awarded 12 Capacity Building Grants totaling $3.2 million to support community-driven, science-based efforts to improve coastal environments and community health in U.S. coastal regions.

4 Awarded 3 Collaboration Grants totaling $147,000 as seed funding to support collaboration and cross-disciplinary research among the Gulf Research Program (GRP) network of past and current Early-Career Research Fellows.

5 Awarded 10 scientists with Early-Career Research Fellowships totaling $760,000 to provide them with flexible financial support for research and professional development during the pre-tenure phase of their careers.

6 Awarded 9 scientists with Science Policy Fellowships totaling $465,000 to support their professional development through a year-long experience working at the interface of science and policy at government agencies in the Gulf of Mexico region.

Suggested Citation:"Key Accomplishments in 2017." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. The Gulf Research Program Annual Report 2017. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25223.
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7 Opened 4 new grant competitions for grants to be awarded in 2018:

  • $3–4 million for Healthy Ecosystems Grants to support efforts to develop or test new technologies or methods for monitoring or evaluating environmental restoration projects to improve future restoration efforts.
  • $1–2 million for Thriving Communities Grants to support efforts to improve the information available to decision makers for evaluating public health risks resulting from oil spills.
  • $3 million for Capacity Building Grants to support efforts to advance the scientific and environmental literacy and problem-solving skills of children and youth.
  • $2 million for Scientific Research Disaster Recovery Grants to assist scientific research efforts impacted by Gulf Coast hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

8 Supported 6 National Academies consensus studies and 2 National Academies workshops on a variety of topics relevant to the GRP focus areas to inform future investments. This included completing the first GRP-led consensus study focused on identifying knowledge gaps and providing recommendations to improve understanding and prediction of the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current System.

9 Refined long-term vision and established long-term plans for future funding opportunities and investments. This included articulating new mission and vision statements, defining a timeline for predictable annual cycles of short-term funding opportunities, and laying the groundwork for a suite of larger, interrelated, long-term investments that the GRP will be launching during the next few years and that will continue to be implemented for the remainder of the GRP’s 30-year lifespan.

Suggested Citation:"Key Accomplishments in 2017." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. The Gulf Research Program Annual Report 2017. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25223.
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Suggested Citation:"Key Accomplishments in 2017." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. The Gulf Research Program Annual Report 2017. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25223.
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Each year, the Gulf Research Program (GRP) 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 2017 annual report is the fourth report in this series.

The GRP 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 2017. The GRP continues to build on its past work and seeks to learn, think about, and plan for how and where it can have the greatest cumulative and lasting impacts.

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