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Suggested Citation:"Key Accomplishments in 2018." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. The Gulf Research Program Annual Report 2018. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25459.
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Key Accomplishments in 2018

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  1. Awarded 5 Healthy Ecosystem Grants totaling $3.6 million to support efforts to develop or test new technologies or methods for monitoring or evaluating environmental restoration projects to improve future restoration efforts.
  2. Awarded 2 Thriving Communities Grants totaling $1.7 million to support efforts to improve the information available to decision makers for evaluating public health risks resulting from oil spills.
  3. Awarded 9 Capacity Building Grants totaling $3.2 million to advance the scientific and environmental literacy and problem-solving skills of children and youth.
  4. Awarded 8 Understanding Gulf Ocean Systems Grants totaling $10.4 million to support research, observation, and analysis activities to improve understanding, modeling, and forecasting of the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current System (LCS).
  5. Awarded 22 Scientific Research Disaster Recovery Grants totaling $622,000 to assist scientific research efforts impacted by Gulf Coast Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
  6. Awarded 4 Collaboration Grants totaling $413,000 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.
Suggested Citation:"Key Accomplishments in 2018." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. The Gulf Research Program Annual Report 2018. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25459.
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  1. Awarded 20 scientists with Early-Career Research Fellowships totaling $1.5 million to provide them with flexible financial support for research and professional development during the pretenure phase of their careers.
  2. Awarded 10 scientists with Science Policy Fellowships totaling $520,000 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.
  3. Supported various activities within the National Academies and externally to inform future GRP investments and help foster the science and collaboration needed to advance the GRP’s goals. This included consensus studies, workshops, conferences, collaborations, and trainings.
    • $2 million for Scientific Research Disaster Recovery Grants to assist scientific research efforts impacted by Gulf Coast Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
    • $10 million for Understanding Gulf Ocean Systems Grants to support research, observation, and analysis activities to improve understanding, modeling, and forecasting of the Gulf of Mexico LCS.
    • $10 million for Thriving Communities Grants to support efforts to enhance coastal community resilience and well-being in the Gulf of Mexico region.
    • $10 million for Safer Offshore Energy Systems Grants to support efforts to advance safety culture in the offshore oil and gas industry.
  4. Opened 4 new grant competitions:
Suggested Citation:"Key Accomplishments in 2018." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. The Gulf Research Program Annual Report 2018. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25459.
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Suggested Citation:"Key Accomplishments in 2018." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. The Gulf Research Program Annual Report 2018. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25459.
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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 2018 annual report is the fifth 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 2018. 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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