Program Update: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative – September 2011
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI) researchers have found that even minute exposure to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has altered the cellular biology of the marsh fish known as Gulf killifish (Fundulus grandis), and may affect the success of future populations. Results from their study, funded jointly by GRI and the National Science Foundation, are now available in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”
Following the $112.5 Million GRI award to eight consortia (RFP I) over the next three years to study the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico, the GRI expects to release RFP II this fall, with up to $7.5 million per year available for PI-based research across the five GRI research themes.
The GRI Summer Sampling (RFP-III) project, which began in June 2011 to ensure data consistency, ends September 30, 2011.
The GRI Research Board is currently seeking candidates for the position of Chief Scientific Officer. For more information, visit http://www.gulfresearchinitiative.org/2011/opportunity-gri-chief-scientific-officer/.
For more information about the GRI, please visit http://www.gulfresearchinitiative.org/.