RFP-I – Closed

The purpose of RFP-I is to select the research activities for GoMRI Years 2–4 (1 June 2011– 31 May 2014) involving Research Consortia. For this solicitation, a Research Consortium is defined as having four or more institutions. The total funds available for distribution to Research Consortia through RFP-I will be a minimum of $37.5 million per year. Four to eight Research Consortia will be selected, and funding for each is estimated to be between $1 million (minimum) and $7.5 million (maximum) per year.

The major research themes to be addressed in RFP-I are:

  1. Physical distribution, dispersion, and dilution of petroleum (oil and gas), its constituents, and associated contaminants (e.g., dispersants) under the action of physical oceanographic processes, air–sea interactions, and tropical storms.
  2. Chemical evolution and biological degradation of the petroleum/dispersant systems and subsequent interaction with coastal, open-ocean, and deep-water ecosystems.
  3. Environmental effects of the petroleum/dispersant system on the sea floor, water column, coastal waters, beach sediments, wetlands, marshes, and organisms; and the science of ecosystem recovery.
  4. Technology developments for improved response, mitigation, detection, characterization, and remediation associated with oil spills and gas releases.
  5. Fundamental scientific research integrating results from the other four themes in the context of public health.

Each Research Consortium proposal is expected to develop and enunciate a clear plan to address any one of these themes or a cross-disciplinary program of work involving a grouping of some of these topics. The plan should clearly describe how the proposed research would serve to accomplish the long-term goals of the GoMRI.

The Research Consortia will be chosen through a competitive peer review of the proposals submitted in response to this RFP. The peer-review process, selection of funded Research Consortia, and continuation annual funding will be carried out under the direction of the GoMRI Research Board.


Investigators seeking collaborators for GoMRI Research Consortium proposals can read about and post such requests on the “GoMRI Collaboration Forum”