Following on the heels of the recent report on the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current released by the Gulf Research Program (GRP), the National Academies’ GRP has now released a request for applications called “Understanding Gulf Ocean Systems.”

The Loop Current report, released in January, called for an international, multi-institutional campaign of complementary research, observation and analysis activities that would help improve understanding and prediction of the Loop Current System.

The RFA focuses on the report’s near-term recommendations, which address activities that can be started before extensive planning for a larger research campaign has gotten under way.

The total award in this funding period will be up to $10 million for grants of up to 24 months. Applications are due by 5 p.m. EST April 25. Awards will be selected and winning applicants notified in Summer-Fall 2018.

This solicitation is the first of several funding opportunities for research aimed at improving understanding and prediction skills of the Loop Current System. Proposed observations, analyses and modeling should specifically address recommendations for near-term activities identified in the consensus report “Understanding and Predicting the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current: Critical Gaps and Recommendations.”  These near-term activities can be started or accomplished without extensive planning and are meant to either jump start or inform the design of a long-term (10-year), integrative program.

Download the RFA