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The Texas Subsea Systems Institute funded by the RESTORE Act, announces its first open request for proposals. Priorities include collaborative, innovative programs to develop subsea wireless communications technologies applied to offshore, deepwater oil and gas operations. One 18 month grant for $300k will be awarded; the deadline for submissions is February 24, 2017 for April 2017 start date.

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The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative released its final Request for Proposals (RFP IV). They will support 2-year proposals for small teams or consortia and have a total for $65 million. Letters of Intent are due November 14, 2016, and final proposals due in March 2017.

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The National Academies Gulf Research Program is hosting a webinar on August 11, 2016 (register here), to summarize its new funding opportunity for research practices grants. This partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is entitled, Enhancing Coastal Community Resilience and Well-being in the Gulf of Mexico Region.

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The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) announced it is developing the program's final Request for Proposals VI (RFP-VI) for release in October. Two-year grants for 2018-2019 will fund research activities for Years 9-10 (1 January 2018–31 December 2019) and focus on:

  • Continuation of previously designated research themes and topics that have emerged;
  • Data integration from various sources;
  • Scientific synthesis across themes and consortia or other overarching scientific and technological products exploiting the GoMRI scientific legacy.

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The NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program (NRASP) released its 2017 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) "focused on living coastal and marine resources and their habitats and requests proposals under two program priorities. One priority focuses on research and the other priority focuses on science application in the form of decision-support tools. Funding is contingent upon the availability of funds in the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund."

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BP's civil settlement "consent decree" was finalized this week. Environmental Law Institute has a useful summary of the $16.7B settlement.  

On April 4, 2016, nearly 6 years after the Deepwater Horizon exploded and spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP and Justice finalized terms for civil claims bringing BP's total payments to $20.8 billion. As described by the Justice Department, "This historic settlement resolves the U.S. government’s civil penalty claims under the Clean Water Act, the governments’ claims for natural resources damage claims under the Oil Pollution Act, and also implements a related settlement of economic damage claims of the Gulf States and local governments" (DoJ settlement page).

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The Florida Institute of Oceanography has announced the release of their second RFP. RFP II # FLRACEP-2016-01 is focused on comprehensive ecosystem monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico region. Proposals are due June 3, 2016 at 5:00PM ET. For more detail, see the FL RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence RFP II website. The RFP can be viewed in its entirety here.  

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Looking for all the potential Restoration funding opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico? The NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program is currently hosting a calendar on their website that has just that. The three year calendar contains information on currently planned future opportunities for programs in the Gulf region that have received funding as a consequence of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The calendar and more details can be found here. Additional opportunities and details may be released as funding programs develop. 

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BOEM recently posted the final rulemaking for the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA). Entitled "Allocation and Disbursement of Royalties, Rentals, and Bonuses—Oil and Gas, Offshore," a key action is to set allocations for revenue sharing by the states of TX, LA, AL, and MS in Phase II to commence in 2017. A news description of the regulation and its implication is in Houmatoday.com.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals for their Gulf Coast Conservation Grants Program (GCCGP). The GCCGP supports priority conservation needs of the Gulf that are not otherwise expected to be funded under NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund or other funding opportunities associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Program priorities are to support critical gaps in Gulf Coast conservation and catalyze conservation solutions through innovation and technology. Please see grant request page for project metrics.

The GCCGP anticipates awarding $3-$5 million in grants, each typically ranging from $50,000 - $250,000 lasting 12-24 months. There is a minimum 1:1 match requirement. Full proposals are due January 28, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. Awards expected to be announced May 2016.

 

Additional details, including how to apply can be found here

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Today, the Department of the Treasury final rule implementing the RESTORE Act was published in the Federal Register. This rule combines the comprehensive interim final rule and the Louisiana Parish Allocation Formula interim final rule.  The interim final rules will remain effective until February 12, 2016.  At that, time the final rule is in effect. The final rule takes into account public comments provided to Treasury on the comprehensive interim final rule. The Federal Register final rule document can be found here

The National Academy of Science has announced the 9 recipients of their 2015 Gulf Research Program data synthesis grants. These total more than $4.4 million. A list of award recipients, grant research topics and summaries can be found here

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GOMRI awards $38 million to Study Effects of Oil on the Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GOMRI) Research Board announced it will award nearly $38 million to study the effects of oil on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health. A total of 22 research proposals are being funded under this most recent GOMRI program. This round of funding is in response to GOMRI’s fifth RFP and will support research during 2016-2018. To see a full list of the funded principal investigators, their institutions and their proposal titles, see the official press release found here.

 

 

 

NOAA Ocean Exploration Funding Opportunity

“NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration & Research (OER) is soliciting pre-proposals followed by full proposals for bold, innovative, multi-partner, interdisciplinary ocean exploration projects in the following areas of interest: 1) physical, chemical and biological characterizations of unknown or poorly known regions of the deep ocean, especially areas deeper than 500 m. 2) baseline characterization of marine archaeological resources at any depth; and 3) technology that advances ocean exploration and has application to NOAA related missions. Through this announcement, NOAA OER anticipates the availability of approximately $3 million. The actual funding amount is contingent upon FY 2016 Congressional appropriations. OER estimates making 3-10 awards that will range from about $50,000 to $1.5 million. Funding for ship or submersible assets, if required, must be included in the proposal. Leveraging with ship time supported outside of this funding opportunity is strongly encouraged.”

 

For more information, see the grant information found here

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Stated in the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council’s press release

“On Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) posted for public and Tribal comment and review proposed regulation to implement the Spill Impact Component of the RESTORE Act. The regulation will establish the formula allocating funds made available from the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund (Trust Fund) among the Gulf Coast States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas pursuant to Sec. 1603(3) of the RESTORE Act.

 

This proposed regulation, is available for public and Tribal review and comment through Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015.”

 

The draft regulation can be viewed here. Public comment can be submitted here,  by mail, email, or in person. 

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. 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.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program posted a new Request for Proposal on July 28. They are soliciting proposals that address water quality improvements; coast habitat and ecosystems enhancements, restoration and/or protection; environmental education and outreach; and strengthen community resilience in the Gulf of Mexico region and its watersheds. They anticipate funding approximately 15 cooperative agreements from the available $3.5 million.

 

For more details, see the full RFP. Proposals are due no later than 5:00PM ET on September 15, 2015.

A press release issued on June 30, 2015 announced “...Texas is the first state in the nation to receive money from the RESTORE Trust Fund through a federal award to fund two Centers of Excellence. The two centers, Texas OneGulf at Texas A&M Corpus Christi and the Subsea Systems Institute at the University of Houston, will split an initial $4.036 million.”

 

The Environmental Law Institute’s Ocean Program has launched the Public Participation Bulletin Board. This new resource highlights ways the public can get involved in restoration in their state and throughout the region.

 

The Harte Research Institute (HRI) has a new site, GecoView.org, a companion site to their GecoServ.org webpage, to help users understand the critical benefits of coastal habitats. GecoView.org is based on an ESRI platform using a story map to help organize and present information. According to information provided by Sea Grant, a funder of this project, “The project’s goal was to determine how much people in each state would be willing to pay — if at all — for the conservation of Gulf habitats. This willingness-to-pay concept is a standard approach to measuring economic value for non-market benefits, and in this study, passive-use services.” The site went live in May 2015 and will be continually updated and maintained.

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The US Attorney General press release, "Total Value of Settlement Would Top $18.7 Billion, the Largest Settlement with a Single Entity in American History" describes the settlement with BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill damages. The web site includes a fact sheet that summarizes the "agreement in principle."

According to the press release issued June 16, 2015, “The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (Trustees) have extended the public comment period for the Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessments (Draft). The Draft proposes an additional 10 early restoration projects with an estimated cost of $134 million across the Gulf states. The Draft is now available for public review and comment through July 6 rather than the original deadline of June 19.” Written comments can be submitted online at www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov or by mail to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 49567, Atlanta, GA 30345.

 

The Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection are holding a seminar on Impacts of Oil on Coastal Communities. According to their website, where you can also find more details including a list of speakers, “Scientists will be sharing their work on the effects of oil on salt marshes, wetlands, mangroves, and beaches.” The free seminar will be held on Wednesday, July 22 at 1:00PM – 4:30PM ET in Temple Terrace, FL. You can register to attend in person or remotely here.

 

The Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA) was initiated in 2012 by multiple Landscape Conservation Cooperatives to assess the vulnerability of the multitude of ecosystems and associated species they support across the US portion of the Gulf of Mexico. The GCVA draft is now available for review. Public comment is being accepted by the GCVA Coordinator, Amanda Watson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until July 19, 2015. For more details please see their website.

 

 

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) announced Gulf Star, a public-private partnership that provides funding for projects identified by the GOMA Priority Issue Teams to accomplish the objectives of Action Plan III. “The goal of the Gulf Star program is to facilitate partnerships between the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and outside funders who wish to use their investments strategically to achieve measurable results…” Announcement of their first RFP is expected for January-February 2016 after the Governors’ Action Plan III is signed in late 2015. For more details on Gulf Star, visit their webpage

The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council released solicitation for proposal for the RESTORE Act Center of Excellence Research Grant Program on May 13. Non-governmental entities and consortia, including public and private institutes of higher learning in the Gulf Coast Region can submit proposals to serve as Alabama’s Center of Excellence. Proposals are due June 30, 2015 at 4:00PM CST. More details on the scope of work, submission requirements and the selection process can be found here.

 

 

Reminder: Full Proposals to Florida’s Center of Excellence Grants Program are due Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 5:00PM ET. Awards are expected to be announced July 1. To view the request for proposals, FAQs and to submit a proposal, visit the site here

From their announcement, “The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released the final version of the science plan for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program.  The plan establishes ten long-term research priorities which will guide how the program invests its funds and explains how prior needs assessments for the Gulf of Mexico region and earlier stakeholder input were used to determine these areas of investment. The plan also provides additional information on how the program is administered and how the program works with partners.”

 

An overview of NOAA’s response to comments received during the public comment period on the draft version of the plan is now available in the Federal Register announcement. They address NOAA’s role, program scope, clarification of priorities, performance measures, coordination and engagement, and other issues.

The National Academy of Sciences’ Gulf Research Program announced a new funding opportunity in data synthesis. They are looking for “activities that will integrate or synthesize existing data from different sources that may provide additional insights, address important questions, or lead to new approaches to interpreting monitoring data.” The online application will open May 2015. They anticipate funding 10 to 14 awards for a total of $5 million. Awards will most likely be for 24 months disbursed in 2 installments. For more details, please see the grant’s details here.

 

 

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) has launched their new Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker. This tracker allows visitors to see where Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill restoration projects are occurring. Each project listed includes a brief description, contact and link to access more technical information. GOMA is working directly with the groups funding projects related to oil spill restoration to ensure accuracy. The tracker’s development team is hosting a demonstration followed by a Q&A opportunity on Thursday, April 23 at 1PM EDT. You can join the webinar here.  

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is currently evaluating submissions for potential funding under the Council-Selected Restoration Component. As part of this process, each submission was evaluated with respect to Budget, Science, Environmental Compliance, and consistency with the RESTORE Act and the Council’s Initial Comprehensive Plan. Context reports, including that of the external science review were created from these evaluations and are now available for viewing here.

Letters of Intent (LoI) are due to the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) Regional Association (RA) office on April 17, 2015 by 5:00 PM CT. The GCOOS-RA Board of Directors has established a process for selection and preparation of proposals submitted. More information can be found here.

The Board of Directors intends to use the GCOOS list serve and website to solicit LoIs. Members to the GCOOS-RA Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) or employees of members may submit LoIs. Entities that are not Members that are interested in submitting a LoI should sign the MoA to become a Member before submitting a LoI. The maximum request GCOOS will accept is $225,000/year. All LoIs and proposals should include plans for the maintenance of long-term financial support for the proposed activity

 

 

The full IOOS FFO can be found here

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Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now seeking comments on their future plans for National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), Gulf Environmental Benefits Fund. You can view their presentation on the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund 2015 Cycle here. As requested in the last page of the presentation, comments due to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 23, 2015. Be sure to use “NFWF Comment” in the subject line.  

 

Florida DEP has also launched a new restoration tracking map for Florida Deepwater Horizon restoration projects funded by Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), NFWF and other settlements. Each project also has a fact sheet with details about the project including estimated cost. 

All project suggestions for potential Phase III funding through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund must be entered into the Alabama Coastal Restoration Project Suggestion portal by March 9, 2015. Go to www.alabamacoastalrestoration.orgto enter a new project suggestion or to review project suggestions currently in the portal.  For additional information on the NFWF GEBF, go to www.nfwf.org.

Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) announces release of its first Request for Proposals for the Florida Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program-- http://www.fio.usf.edu/research/restore-act.

On February 17, 2015, 2:00-4:00PM, tentatively, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will give a FY16 Budget Briefing for stakeholders. This will be following the announcement of the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request expected during the week of February 2, which includes funding for NOAA.

Per NOAA communication, “NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan will lead the briefing and discussion at the Department of Commerce Auditorium, located at 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, in Washington, D.C. NOAA's senior leadership will join Dr. Sullivan to answer questions and respond to comments.”

 

A toll-free teleconference number will also be provided for those who cannot attending in person. More information, including teleconference information is to come. 

 

In an official ruling on Thursday, January 15, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier determined 3.19 million barrels of oil were spilled in the Gulf of Mexico from the Macondo well following the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion on April 20, 2010. Under the Clean Water Act, oil spill violators face fines ranging from $1,000 to $4,300 per barrel of oil spilled. BP now faces up to $13.7 billion in fines. The third and final phase of the trial starts Tuesday and Barbier will determine how much BP will pay in pollution fines.

You can read more on this ruling in this article from The Times-Picayune.

 

 

Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) has released a request for proposals. As described in their solicitation, “SECOORA has a maximum of $50,000 funding to conduct an observing experiment in the US Southeast coastal waters. The primary goal of this solicitation is to provide support for a short-term (or limited) observing activity in the SE to address a key gap in scientific understanding or technology or data that will improve currently supported SECOORA activities and/or user groups.”

 Proposals should be sent to Vembu Subramanian (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 5 PM ET, Monday, February 9, 2015. For more details on proposal requirements and the selection process, you can find the complete solicitation for SECOORA’s Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System: Southeast Observing Experiment here

 

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Environmental Law Institute is hosting a webinar, “Deepwater Horizon Litigation: Where Things Stand and What’s Next” on Wednesday, January 14 from 2:00-3:30PM ET. As we approach the start of the third phase of the BP oil spill trial, the panel of experts gathered for this webinar will discuss the first two phases and some of the issues that will be addressed in the third phase.

 

 

You can register for the conference here

The Gulf Research Program has announced their 2015 exploratory grants and fellowships are open for application. For exploratory grants, letters of intent, required for this proposal, are due January 20, 2015 at 8pm ET. Full proposal are due March 30, 2015 at 8pm ET. Fellowships applications are due February 6, 2015 at 8pm ET. Please see their website for more details and requirements for each competition.

The Gulf Research Program is also offering an informational webinar for applicants on January 8, 2015 at 1pm ET. You can register for this event here

 

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NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program has announced their first federal funding opportunity (FFO-2015). Funding of $2.5 million is available for approximately three to seven, 1- to 2- year projects that address three short-term priorities. A peer reviewed process will be used to evaluate and identify the strongest applications. Letters of intent are due by January 30, 2015 and full proposals due March 17, 2015.

As stated on the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program’s website, proposals need to address:

·         comprehensive inventory and assessment (i.e., strengths/weaknesses) of  ongoing ecosystem modeling efforts (conceptual and quantitative)

·         identification of currently available health/condition indicators of Gulf of Mexico ecosystem components, including humans, followed by comparative analysis of strengths and weaknesses and design/testing of additional indicators

·         assessment of monitoring and observation needs and development of recommendations to build off existing assets to establish a Gulf wide monitoring and observation network

in three topical areas

·         ecosystem and living marine resources management

·         climate change and extreme weather impacts on sustainability of restoration

·         integration of social, behavioral, and economic science into restoration and management of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.

The full announcement is available for viewing here

Monday, December 15, 2014 is the last day to submit public comment for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program's science plan. To have your expertise heard, electronic comments can be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Written comments can be mailed to Dr. Becky Allee; NOAA OCM - Gulf Coast; Bldg. 1100, Rm 232; Stennis Space Center, MS 39529. 

 

A final version of the science plan is anticipated for release in January 2015. 

Projects submitted for the 'Bucket 2' Funding Priorities List are currently being reviewed by the RESTORE Council. All projects are available for viewing although public comments are not yet being accepted.

 

For more information and to view the projects please visit http://www.restorethegulf.gov/ourwork/council-selected-restoration/fpl-development

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund announced round 2 for $99.2M of funding for 25 new oil spill restoration projects in AL, FL, LA, MS and TX. 

GOMRI announced last week the awards for RFP-IV consortia and new RFP-V opportunity for small teams research; deadline for RFP-V "letter of intent" pre-proposals is Dec. 15, 2014.

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Texas released "notice on selection process for Centers of Excellence" at https://www.restorethetexascoast.org/. As announced, pursuant to RESTORE Act and Treasury statutory and regulatory requirements, "Texas is posting a Request For Grant Applications (RFGA) on the Texas Electronic State Business Daily and on the Texas e-Grants system.  The RFGA will set forth the process by which grant applications must be submitted.  The selection and award of grants will be made in accordance with the TCEQ-established grant process under Texas Water Code 5.124 and the TCEQ grant rules, in particular the rules governing solicitations in 30 TAC Section14.7. Please contact LaTresa Stroud at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have any questions or comments regarding the proposed RFGA."

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The Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) seeking public feedback. FIO is the designated Florida Gulf Coast Entity to receive funds from the RESTORE Act for administering Florida's Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program (CERGP), section 1605 of the RESTORE Act.  As required by the Treasury's RESTORE Act Rulemaking, FIO is seeking public comments on its CERGP Rules and Policies, including competitive selection process, from October 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014.  FIO will also be conducting regional town hall meetings during this timeframe, for additional details please visit our website at: http://fio.marine.usf.edu/research/fio-cergp.

 

FIO encourages everyone to take the opportunity to participate in this important process to determine the type of research and monitoring projects FIO should fund by filling out the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/fio_cergp.  Please help circulate this email as you feel fit and if you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Treasury announced RESTORE Act Rule is in effect, enabling restoration programs to apply for funding in the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Trust Fund (currently $800M from Transocean settlement); release at http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/JL2663.aspx.

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection hosted 9/23/14 webinar and presentation on status of the RESTORE Act, and its process and priorities for submitting projects to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council for consideration of support from the Comprehensive Plan component (30% of Trust Fund).

National Academies of Science Gulf Program announces topics for its first funding competition, exploratory research grants focused on 1) Education and Training of Workers in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry and 2) Health Professions and Linking Ecosystem Services Related to and Influenced by Oil and Gas Production to Human Health and Well-Being--http://www.nationalacademies.org/gulf/grants/index.html

UPDATE-- Dec. 18 is application deadline for these grants-- more here.

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National Academies of Science's The Gulf Research Program: A Strategic Vision establishes the Program’s foundation and introduces its mission, goals, and objectives-- http://www.nas.edu/gulf/vision/index.htm

Submit proposals to Texas portal for restoration projects that may be funded by NRDA, RESTORE ACT, and Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (NFWF)-- .

http://restorethetexascoast.org/submit-a-project/

Department of Treasury administers the RESTORE Act Direct Component and Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program. Links to review guidance for each program, with sample forms, now available via the Treasury's RESTORE Web site-- http://www.treasury.gov/services/restore-act/Pages/default.aspx

Treasury released RESTORE Act regulations on Friday Aug. 15 and updated their RESTORE Web site with access to rules and useful new information-- http://www.treasury.gov/services/restore-act/Pages/default.aspx

Public comments on regulations due Sep. 2.

NOAA RESTORE Science Program 8/14/14 news update includes link to pdf of their initial Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) Federal Register Notice-- http://restoreactscienceprogram.noaa.gov/miscellaneous/noaa-restore-act-science-program-update

This "Initial FFO" is FYI and does not solicit proposals or public comments, which will occur in FFO later this year.

Department of the Treasury proposes regulations for RESTORE Act concerning amounts available to eligible Louisiana parishes from the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund-- http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-31/pdf/2014-18131.pdf.

Texas restoration portal now up at http://restorethetexascoast.org/; "website provides an opportunity for interested parties to suggest projects for consideration for funding made available to Texas as a result of the DWH Oil Spill."

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U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard will hold a hearing on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. titled, “Revisiting the RESTORE Act: Progress and Challenges in Gulf Restoration Post-Deepwater Horizon.” More, including link for live broadcast, at http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Hearings&ContentRecord_id=fdfbde77-d1f4-45a4-befc-c906faeec3bc

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National Academies of Science accepting applications for the 2015 session of the Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program. This 12-week program (Jan. 20 - Apr. 10, 2015) is designed to engage early career individuals in the processes that inform U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows obtain essential skills and knowledge needed to work in science and technology policy at the federal, state, or local level. The Gulf Research Program will host a Christine Mirzayan Fellow, so we encourage you to spread the word among potential candidates.

Applications are due Sept. 1, 2014. The fellowship stipend is $8,500. To learn more or apply online, please visit: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/policyfellows/

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Final NRDA Phase III Early Restoration plan is now available following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Largest phase (>60% of $1B) of early restoration, the Plan proposes 44 early restoration projects, environmental analyses for each of them, and proposed strategic approach to early restoration and the environmental analysis for that approach-- http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration/early-restoration/phase-iii/?utm_source=final+phase+III+announcement&utm_campaign=early+restoration+phase+III&utm_medium=email

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Schmidt Ocean Institute's Call for Expressions of Interest in Collaborative Research on R/V Falkor in 2016-- http://www.schmidtocean.org/story/show/846

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NRDA Phase III Early Restoration Program plan still in review-- track at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration/early-restoration/phase-iii/

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NOAA RESTORE Science Program FAQs regarding its first Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) now available on the program website-- http://restoreactscienceprogram.noaa.gov/about/faqs, last part of page dedicated to "Initial Funding Opportunity" FAQs

Environmental Law Institute is maintaining an on-line dbase for funded Gulf restoration projects-- http://eli-ocean.org/gulf/restoration-projects-database/

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GOMRI Save the Date for RFP V for small team investigations-- http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/request-for-proposals/rfp-v/

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NFWF announcement for initial round of restoration projects for $100M-- http://www.nfwf.org/whoweare/mediacenter/pr/Pages/NFWF-Announces-More-Than-$100-Million-.aspx

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NOAA portal for submitting Gulf restoration project ideas is at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration/give-us-your-ideas/suggest-a-restoration-project/. To view ideas submitted to this portal see http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration/give-us-your-ideas/view-submitted-projects/.

Portals for DWH oil spill restoration project submissions: AL at http://www.restorealabama.org; FL at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/projects_restore_act.htm; LA at http://coastal.la.gov/our-work/restoration-planning; MS portal at http://www.msrestoreteam.com/ppp/ppp.php; TX not open.

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NAS Gulf Program hosting Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow in early 2014; program provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation-- http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/policyfellows/.

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NFWF established Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund with funds from BP and Transocean settlement funds-- news story at http://www.wboy.com/story/22236848/nfwf-launches-gulf-environmental-benefit-fund-to-restore-gulf-coast-natural-resources; NFWF fund site at http://www.nfwf.org/Pages/gulf/Gulf%20Environmental%20Benefit%20Fund.aspx

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Phase III NRDA Early Restoration Program projects approved: LA $340M for barrier island restoration projects and fisheries research centers-- http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2013/04/bps_340_million_will_restore_4.html; MS  $82 million  for four projects to "address loss of use by providing residents and visitors with new recreational options, better access to existing natural resources and a greater opportunity to enjoy them"-- http://msbusiness.com/blog/2013/05/02/governor-unveils-oil-spill-settlement-funded-projects/; AL $94 million for projects "to enhance Gulf State Park at Gulf Shores, to restore sand dunes in the undeveloped beachfront and to construct and enhance trails in the park" -- http://www.wdef.com/news/state/story/Agreement-reached-on-Ala-oil-spill-restoration/bUNqUVovFk668JmnnRwZTA.cspx?rss=3472; FL $58 million for 12 projects in 8 FL counties-- http://www.wjhg.com/home/headlines/Gov-Scott-Announces-58-Million-in-Early-Restoration-Projects-for-Fla-Communities-205780301.html; TX $18M to support 5 projects -- http://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/BP-to-pay-18M-for-Texas-Gulf-restoration-work-4484295.php.

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National Academy of Sciences received $500M for Gulf restoration from BP and Transocean plea agreements-- new web site describes objectives and preliminary plans at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=02202013b

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) announced the development of the GoMRI Request for Proposals for 2015-2017 GoMRI Research Consortia-- http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/2013/save-the-date-gomri-rfp-for-2015-2017-research-consortia/.

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) announced the development of the GoMRI Request for Proposals for 2015-2017 GoMRI Research Consortia-- http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/2013/save-the-date-gomri-rfp-for-2015-2017-research-consortia/

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State and local government claims against BP reported this week with BP financial report total $34B-- http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/05/us-bp-spill-claims-idUSBRE91419T20130205. Federal trial still set for Feb 25, 2013, although parties still negotiating--  http://www.nbcnews.com/id/50698646/ns/business-oil_and_energy/.

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Judge signs off on $4B BP plea agreement-- http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/January/13-ag-123.html. Copy of agreement is at http://www.justice.gov/criminal/vns/docs/2012/11/2012-11-15-BP-Guilty-Plea-Agreement.pdf

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (RFP-II program) awards 19 research projects $20 million over three years for studies on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystems-- http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/2012/bp-sponsored-gulf-of-mexico-research-initiative-awards-new-grants/.

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President signs Transportation Bill, MAP-21, with RESTORE Act (PL-112-141, subtitle F), which ensures 80% of DWH oil spill settlements and penalties go to Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund (versus all going to national Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund)-- available at http://www.treasury.gov/services/restore-act/Pages/default.aspx

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Shell Marine Habitat Program (SMHP) partnership between Shell Oil Company and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) supports conservation and restoration activities that result in measurable benefits to key species and their habitats within coastal ecosystems-- http://www.nfwf.org/shell/Pages/home.aspx#.U6w28kBBnoE

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MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC, 10% owner of the lease for the Macondo Well, settles for $90M for Deepwater Horizon oil spill-- http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/February/12-ag-231.html

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