Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Phase II Request for Proposals


Key Dates (2012):

Thursday Jan. 12 
Notify if you expected to be included in a letter of intent for this solicitation, as either a PI or a co-PI. You must inform VCRSP of the planned letter of intent even if the  letter is being submitted by someone besides you—even  someone from another institution.

Tuesday Jan 17
Letter of intent due to GoMRI. The PI should submit this letter.

Wednesday, Jan 18     
Send a copy to of any letters of intent that were sent to GoMRI that mention any UM investigator as a PI or  co-PI.

March 8              
Proposals due to GoMRI

Funding: Funding for each approved proposal is expected to range from $100,000  to $1,000,00 per year for 1 to 3 years..

Limitations: Individuals may participate as (co) PIs in a maximum of 3 proposals across any and all institutions.

For More information:

            The purpose of RFP-II is to select proposals from individual investigators or collaborative efforts involving a principal investigator (PI) and up to three co-principal investigators (co-PIs) from no more than three additional institutions. RFP-II will fund activities for 1 to 3 years. The total funds available for distribution through RFP-II will be up to $7.5 million per year for up to 3 years; and funding for each approved proposal is expected to be between $100,000 (minimum) and $1 million (maximum) per year.

The major research themes to be addressed in RFP-II are:

  1. Physical distribution, dispersion, and dilution of petroleum (oil and gas), its constituents, and associated contaminants (e.g., dispersants) under the action of physical oceanographic processes, air–sea interactions, and tropical storms.
  2. Chemical evolution and biological degradation of the petroleum/dispersant systems and subsequent interaction with coastal, open-ocean, and deep-water ecosystems.
  3. Environmental effects of the petroleum/dispersant system on the sea floor, water column, coastal waters, beach sediments, wetlands, marshes, and organisms; and the science of ecosystem recovery.
  4. Technology developments for improved response, mitigation, detection, characterization, and remediation associated with oil spills and gas releases.
  5. Impact of oil spills on public health.

            Each proposal is expected to develop and enunciate a clear plan to address a single theme. The plan should clearly describe how the proposed research would serve to accomplish the long-term goals of the GoMRI.

            The grantees will be chosen through a competitive peer review of the proposals submitted in response to this RFP-II. The peer-review process, selection of funded proposals, and continuation annual funding will be carried out under the direction of the GoMRI Research Board.