Posted on the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program website by Julien Lartigue on 1 September 2015.

The NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program has completed its first funding competition and awarded approximately $2.7 million to seven research teams. These teams and their projects were selected following a rigorous and highly competitive process which included a review by a panel of outside experts.

Each of the research teams will be addressing one or more of the Science Program’s short-term priorities which focus on assessing ecosystem modeling, evaluating indicators for ecosystem conditions, and assessing and developing recommendations for monitoring and observing in the Gulf of Mexico.

These projects will synthesize current scientific understanding and management needs and inform the future direction of the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program as well as the other science and restoration initiatives in the region. The results from these projects will also inform the development of management strategies to support the sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, including its fisheries.

The seven teams receiving funding draw researchers from 17 institutions including universities, federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. In total, 31 researchers will serve as investigators on these teams, with 28 of them located in the Gulf of Mexico region. The awards range in size from $309,000 to $400,000 and the projects will run for up to two years.
Full details on each team and their project can be found under the Research page on the Science Program’s website.