3 Fla. Universities to Lead Oil Spill Research

A man holds a plastic bag with seawater and oil from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill south of Freemason Island, Louisiana May 7, 2010. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

(Click to enlarge) A man holds a plastic bag with seawater and oil from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill south of Freemason Island, Louisiana May 7, 2010. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Three Florida universities are receiving grants to lead research groups studying last year’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

(From the Miami Herald) –– They are among eight groups awarded BP research grants totaling $112.5 million on Tuesday. Eighty groups had applied for the grants.

Each group is made up of several universities and other research organizations.

They will study different aspects of the spill from a BP well that followed the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.

A group led by Florida State University is receiving about $20 million. A University of South Florida-led group is getting more than $11 million.

No figure was immediately available for a group led by the private University of Miami.

Other Florida-based research participants include the University of West Florida, Florida International University and private Nova Southeastern University.

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