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National Academies’ Gulf Research Program Offering Community Resilience Grant Workshop

The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is holding a webinar on February 14 to discuss two related opportunities on the topic of community resilience. The GRP will be opening a grant opportunity in July 2018 focused on enhancing community resilience and well-being in the Gulf of Mexico region. In advance of the grant opportunity, the GRP is hosting a Networking and Idea Development Workshop to connect potential applicants, encourage collaboration, and help cultivate innovative ideas for applying to the opportunity.

Last year, in collaboration with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the GRP awarded grants totaling $10.8 million to projects aimed at enhancing the science and practice of resilience in coastal communities in the Gulf of Mexico region. This summer the GRP is running a similar grant opportunity aimed at advancing information exchange between resilience researchers and those that seek to implement policies and practices to enhance the resilience and well-being of their communities. Prospective projects will involve and benefit residents of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico region affected by stressors associated with climate change, severe weather, or environmental degradation.

In response to feedback from applicants to last year’s grant opportunity, the GRP is hosting a Networking and Idea Development Workshop for potential applicants in advance of opening this new grant opportunity. The three-day, interactive, in-person workshop will be held May 30 through June 1 in Mobile, Alabama. The goal is to provide a forum that allows possible applicants to connect and interact, which encourages collaboration across disciplines and sectors, and that helps people develop and improve project proposal ideas. Travel, accommodations, and meals for the workshop will be paid for by the GRP. Applications to participate in the workshop will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. EST on March 8.

If you would like to learn more about the workshop or the upcoming grant opportunity, register for an informational webinar at 12:00 p.m. EST on February 14.

If you have any questions, contact gulfgrants@nas.edu.

The GRP is an independent, science-based program founded in 2013 as part of legal settlements with the companies involved in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. It seeks to enhance offshore energy system safety and protect human health and the environment by catalyzing advances in science, practice, and capacity to generate long-term benefits for the Gulf of Mexico region and the nation. It funds grants, fellowships, and other activities in the areas of research and development, education and training, and monitoring and synthesis.