Apply for Exploratory Grants Funding

The Gulf Research Program's Exploratory Grants Funding Opportunity is now open.

Applications are being accepted by the Gulf Research Program for innovative research projects that seek to break new ground in two areas:

Informing Coastal Community Planning and Response to Environmental Change in Regions with Offshore Oil and Gas Operations. These grants will support the development and testing of new methods, technologies, and approaches that improve the capabilities of communities in coastal regions to successfully plan for, mitigate, and adapt to environmental change–specifically in the context of how these changes may affect or be affected by offshore oil and gas operations.

This opportunity is relevant to a wide range of disciplines and participants who work on issues at the community-environment interface, including university researchers, consulting groups, community planners, state and local agencies, community organizations, and others. Please forward this message to others who might be interested in this opportunity.  

Scenario Planning to Advance Safety Culture and Minimize Risk in Offshore Oil and Gas Operations. These grants will support the development of new methods, technologies, and approaches to improve the use of scenario planning as a tool to explore risks related to high consequence, process safety related incidents in offshore oil and gas operations (drilling, production, well integrity, transportation) on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, and to identify opportunities to prevent incidents and/or minimize related harms. Of particular interest are scenarios that lead to a better understanding of how the actions of organizations and individuals influence safety culture.

This opportunity is now open and is relevant to a wide range of disciplines and participants who work on risk assessment, human factors, and safety culture issues, including university researchers, private sector professionals, decision analysts, consulting groups, and others. Please forward this message to others who might be interested in this opportunity. 


Application details, including eligibility requirements and review criteria, are posted at: www.nas.edu/gulf/grants/exploratorygrants.

Important Dates:

  • Exploratory Grant Opportunity Opens:  December 15, 2015
  • Letters of Intent (REQUIRED) Deadline:  5pm ET, February 17, 2016
  • Full Proposal Submission Deadline:  5pm ET, April 13, 2016

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