Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Research Board in the US has announced that it will split a grant of nearly $38m between individuals and teams studying the impact of oil on public health and the gulf’s ecosystem.

Under the GoMRI research programme, which investigates the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident, a total of 22 research proposals are being funded.

The oil spill disaster began on 20 April 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico on the BP-owned Transocean-operated Macondo Prospect, killing 11 people.

GoMRI Research Board chairman Dr Rita Colwell said: "The research board was impressed with the quality of the 288 applications received.

"As is our practice, all proposals underwent a rigorous merit review process like that used by the National Science Foundation. This process has served us well, as demonstrated by the impressive array of research findings published in scientific journals by those researchers GoMRI has already funded.

"We are gaining an important understanding of how the Gulf of Mexico functions as an ecosystem and responds to large-scale environmental."

"We are gaining an important understanding of how the Gulf of Mexico functions as an ecosystem and responds to large-scale environmental stresses like that caused by the tragic Macondo wellhead blowout."

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GoMRI’s latest programme has been designed to support research, which would be carried out during 2016-18 by individual investigators or by collaborative teams.

Established with a $500m commitment from BP following the Deepwater Horizon incident, the ten-year research programme GoMRI supports research by large, multi-institutional consortia that are funded under another GoMRI programme.

The latest funding will support science in five GoMRI thematic areas.

Image: A total of 22 research proposals are being funded under the recent GoMRI programme. Photo: courtesy of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI).