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Healthy Ecosystems Grants 4 - Gulf Research Program (GRP)

Grants to USA Organizations and Non-Federal
Agencies for Research on Gulf Coast Ecosystems

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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Deadline Date:

07/24/19 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA organizations and non-federal agencies for research related to the effects of human activities on Gulf Coast ecosystems. Applicants must submit an LOI before applying. Funding is intended to support projects that will inform management actions and decision-making in the region.

The Gulf Research Program (GRP) seeks to support use-inspired research to improve understanding of how coastal ecosystems in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico region are affected by or interact with natural processes (e.g., sea level rise, watershed hydrology) and human activities (e.g., coastal development, energy-related infrastructure, recreational and commercial fisheries) as part of a coupled natural-human system.

To advance overall understanding of the coupled natural-human system of the U.S. Gulf Coast, the funding source seeks projects that address critical research gaps related to increasing understanding of the function and dynamics of U.S. Gulf Coast ecosystems within the broader context of the interactions and feedbacks between ecosystems and natural processes and/or human activities (e.g., those related to sea level rise, changes in hydrology and sediment loading, increasing storm intensity and frequency, coastal development, industrial activity). It is expected that projects will be directly applicable to informing decision-making and management actions in the Gulf Coast region either through conducting needed foundational science and/or by developing a new or improving an existing actionable output (e.g., decision tool).

The GRP is especially looking for projects that increase understanding of:
- The effects of current and predicted future physical and environmental conditions on the distribution and abundance of key ecosystems along the Gulf Coast, including – but not limited to – salt marshes, oyster reefs, dunes, beaches, seagrass meadows, barrier islands, and mangrove forests; and/or
- The individual or combined role of specific environmental conditions, physical forcing, climate change, and coastal development on the function and dynamics of Gulf Coast ecosystems.

Examples of potential projects could include:
- A modeling study that focuses on understanding the relative importance of specific physical and/or human factors (e.g., a hurricane or an oil spill) on a particular ecosystem function (e.g., nutrient processing) or ecosystem distribution (e.g., mangroves).
- A field study that includes collection of critical data to inform an integrated model for planning; for example, how an oyster reef might change in response to a coastal development project or other human activities.
- A data synthesis study that combines existing data from multiple disciplines, and perhaps includes some original data collection, to provide new insight into how rising sea levels may affect marsh distribution.

For details on project guidelines, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185916

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Term of Contract:

Grants will be awarded to support projects up to 36 months in length.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Gulf Research Program welcomes applications from all types of U.S. organizations, excluding federal agencies, on behalf of qualified individuals.

Applications must adhere to the following to be eligible:
- U.S. organizations (excluding federal agencies) that have a valid federal tax ID number are eligible to apply.
- BP Exploration and Production, Inc. (BP), Transocean Deepwater, Inc. (Transocean), their affiliates, and employees are not eligible to receive grant funding or to participate in any grant.
- This funding opportunity is for distinct activities only. Proposed activities that are part of a broader, existing effort or “project” may only be eligible if the application clearly demonstrates that the funding request is for distinct activities that would not otherwise occur.
- Activities currently under consideration for funding from other sources are not eligible. The status of "currently under consideration for funding from other sources" is intended to mean that full or final application materials have been submitted to another entity to request funding. Submission of a letter of intent or pre-proposal to another funding source does not constitute an activity being "currently under consideration for funding from other sources" if that submission is a step that precedes submission of full or final application materials in an application process.
- U.S. organizations may partner with international organizations; a U.S. organization must be the applicant, but applicants may include key personnel from and subawards to non-U.S. organizations. Please note that legal restrictions may prohibit transactions, including subawards, between U.S. entities and entities within certain foreign countries.
- U.S. federal agencies are not eligible to receive Gulf Research Program funding as applicants or subawardees,
although their employees may be non-funded collaborators. Any proposed collaboration with employees of a U.S. federal agency should not involve any transfer of Gulf Research Program funding to the agency and must be in compliance with all applicable federal statutes and regulations. This will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine if this requirement is met.
- Activities involving advocacy or lobbying are not eligible.

Individuals named as project director or key personnel in an application must adhere to the following:
- An individual may be proposed as project director in only one application. If an individual is proposed as project director in any application, that individual may also be proposed as key personnel in up to two additional applications.
- An individual not proposed as a project director in any application may be named as key personnel in up to three applications.
- It is the responsibility of each individual being named as project director or key personnel in any application to ensure that they are not named in more than three total applications.

Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Intent (LOI): An LOI is required for this funding opportunity.
- March 27, 2019: Online LOI submission opens
- May 22, 2019, 5:00 pm ET: LOI due

Full Proposal
- May 23, 2019: Online full proposal submission opens (ONLY open to applicants who submitted an LOI)
- July 24, 2019, 5:00 pm ET: Full proposal due

Award Selection and Notification: Winter 2020

Project directors are advised to review the application preparation and submission instructions carefully and submit any questions well in advance of the submission deadlines. Although the Gulf Research Program strives to respond to applicants' questions within two business days, the response time depends on the volume of questions received and the complexity of the question asked. The Gulf Research Program does not guarantee that applicants' questions will be answered before submission deadlines.

Applicants are advised to submit LOIs and full proposals well in advance of the submission deadlines as a precaution against unanticipated delays. Please plan ahead.


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Gulf Research Program
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

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