Program Update: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative – March 2014

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The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) will be hosting a booth at the upcoming International Oil Spill Conference on May 5-8 in Savannah, Georgia.  The International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) provides a forum for professionals from the international oil spill response community, private sector, government and NGOs to come together and discuss the challenges and lessons learned from actual spill responses and research.  Researchers from the GoMRI Consortia and funded projects will be hosting multiple presentations and papers throughout the three-day event.

The pre-proposal process has been completed for our next research Request for Proposals (RFP-IV), intended to select the 2015-2017 GoMRI Research Consortia.  Full proposals are to be submitted by June 2, 2014 and the awardees will be announced in November 2014. 

GoMRI is also in the process of planning a documentary, which will focus on key questions such as: What were the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon event (physical, chemical, biological, economic, human health and societal), what are GoMRI scientists finding through their research in this region, and how do these research findings translate to developing more advanced ways to protect public health and restore environmental resources in case of future events?  The deadline for proposals was March 19th, and we are currently undertaking the proposal review process with the intention to announce the awardee by the end of May.  Finally, plans for the 2015 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference are well underway.  The dates and location, February 16-19, 2015 at the Westin Galleria Hotel in Houston, Texas, were officially announced in mid-March and the Call for Sessions will be released in early May.  More details will be coming soon.

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