NASEM Gulf Research Program Research & Development Grants 2017

Preventing the Next Spill: Understanding Systemic Risk in the Offshore Oil and Gas Environment

Letters of Intent are required and due at 4pm CST February 1.

Full proposals are due at 4PM CST on April 12.

UM researches wishing to submit letters of intent should sign up as Project Directors and submit their letters well before the deadline via the portal at Once you have submitted an LOI, or to request assistance, contact Jason Hale or your ORSP Program Development Specialist no later than January 31 (Lesha, Ken, or Mickey, as appropriate – see No TSS/ Transmittal is required for this LOI, but a Transmittal is required for the full proposal, which will be submitted on your behalf by ORSP.

The Letter of Intent will require the following information.

Contact Information

Applicant Name: University of Mississippi
DUNS Number: 067713560
Project Director Information: to be supplied by the PI

Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR):
Mr. Jason Hale, Director of Research Development, ORSP, Barr Hall, University, MS 38677, 662-915-7583,

Grant/Contract Administrator:
Ms. Renita Gray, 662-915-2385,

LOI Detail

Project Director Information*: 

·       Name

·       Organization Name 

·       Expertise 

1. Proposed Title of Project* (up to 20 words):

Please provide a short title that captures the essence and communicates the importance of the proposed project to a non-technical reader.


2. Other than the project director, how many key personnel will be involved in this project?*

The Project Director is the individual designated by the applicant, who will be responsible for the scientific or technical direction of the project and have primary responsibility for the project and the submission of reports. Key personnel are individuals who share in the responsibility of the scientific or technical direction of the project and/or contribute to the intellectual design or execution of the project in a substantive, measurable way.


3. Is the project director or any key personnel involved in other letters of intent for Research & Development Grants -- Award Year 2017?*

Individuals may be involved as a project director and key personnel, or as key personnel, in up to three letters of intent.

  •  Yes
  •  No

4. Objectives and Relevance* (up to 150 words)

What are the objectives of the proposed project, and how are the objectives relevant to: 

  • understanding systemic risk in the offshore oil and gas environment? 
  • systemic risks leading to uncontrolled hydrocarbon release?

(By understanding systemic risk, we mean understanding the components of the system, the system itself, and how humans interact with the system, in which failure of any part could lead to failure of the whole system.)


5. Overview of Proposed Project* (up to 500 words)

The overview should be written in the third person, informative to other persons working in the same or similar fields, and, insofar as possible, understandable to a scientifically or technically literate lay reader. It should:

  • Clearly articulate how the proposed project will fill a gap in fundamental science or provide the scientific basis for the development of new technologies, processes, or procedures aimed at understanding systemic risk that leads to uncontrolled hydrocarbon release.
  • Describe the current state of knowledge of the issue to be addressed.
  • Provide sufficient detail to allow selection of reviewers.


6. Outputs and Stakeholder Involvement* (up to 250 words) 

  • What are the project outputs?
  • How will the project outputs be applied to the prevention of uncontrolled hydrocarbon release?
  • How will the proposed project plan ensure that outputs are applicable to offshore oil and gas stakeholders? 


7. Does the proposed project involve research on human subjects or the use of human subjects data?*

  •  Yes
  •  No