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RFP-II: Investigator Grants

There were $18.5 million in grants awarded to individuals or collaborative efforts involving a principal investigator(PI) and up to three co-principal investigators (co-PIs) from no more than three additional institutions. This funding will support studies of the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico.

This is "... a significant milestone for the GoMRI," said Dr. Rita Colwell, chairman of the GoMRI Research Board. "We have complemented the eight research consortia we have already funded with important smaller grants that significantly extend the scope of work being done by GoMRI. These grants help fill some gaps in GoMRI's research portfolio that existed between the consortia."

For additional information, read the GoMRI RFP II press release.

19 Projects

Accelerating Recovery after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Response of the Plant-Microbial-Benthic Ecosystem to Mitigation Strategies Promoting Wetland Remediation and Resilience

Principal Investigator: Irving Mendelssohn -- Louisiana State University, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences
Member Institutions: Atkins North America, Inc., Louisiana State University, Tulane University

Analysis of Continental Shelf Meiofauna in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Investigated during a Long Term Community Study (2007 - Present)

Principal Investigator: Stephen Landers -- Troy University, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Member Institutions: Jacksonville State University, Louisiana State University, Louisiana State University Ag Center, Menntun, Spanish Institute of Oceanography, The University of British Columbia, The University of Queensland, Troy University, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, University of Copenhagen, University of Nevada, Reno, University of Texas at San Antonio

Characterizing the Composition and Biogeochemical Behavior of Dispersants and Their Transformation Products in Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ecosystems

Principal Investigator: Darrell Sparks -- Mississippi State University, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Member Institutions: Duke University, Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, Stony Brook University

Creating a Predictive Model of Microbially Mediated Carbon Remediation in the Gulf of Mexico

Principal Investigator: Jack Gilbert -- The University of Chicago - Argonne National Laboratory, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Defining Ecologically Relevant Sublethal Effects: How do Low Levels of Exposure to Oil and Dispersants Affect Performance and Survival of Larvae of Gulf Nekton?

Principal Investigator: Edward Chesney -- Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), DeFelice Marine Center
Member Institutions: East Carolina University, Louisiana State University, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), Pacific Lutheran University, Texas A&M University at Galveston

Development of Cost-Efficient and Concentration-Independent Dispersants for Improved Oil Spill Remediation

Principal Investigator: Scott Grayson -- Tulane University, Department of Chemistry
Member Institutions: Cuesta College, Tulane University, University of Florida, University of Southern Mississippi

Dynamics of Dissolved Inorganic Carbon and Dissolved Oxygen Following Natural or Manmade Petroleum Carbon Release into Marine Environments

Principal Investigator: Wei-Jun Cai -- University of Delaware, School of Marine Science and Policy
Member Institutions: Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, The University of Texas at Austin, University of Delaware, University of Georgia

Effect of Photochemistry on Biotransformation of Crude Oil

Principal Investigator: Matthew Tarr -- University of New Orleans, Department of Chemistry
Member Institutions: Tulane University, University of New Orleans, University of Oklahoma, Xavier University of Louisiana, Yale University

Large Eddy Simulation of Turbulent Dispersion of Oil in the Ocean Surface Layers: Development, Testing and Applications of Subgrid-Scale Parameterizations

Principal Investigator: Charles Meneveau -- Johns Hopkins University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Member Institutions: Johns Hopkins University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Houston

Monitoring of Oil Spill and Seepage Using Satellite Radars

Principal Investigator: Hans Graber -- University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Member Institutions: Bowdoin College, University of Miami

Multifunctional Colloidal Particles as Dispersants for Maximizing Biodegradation of Crude Oil

Principal Investigator: Arijit Bose -- University of Rhode Island, Department of Chemical Engineering
Member Institutions: Brown University, University of Florida, University of Rhode Island

Novel Sensor System for the Early Detection and Monitoring of Offshore Oil Spills

Principal Investigator: Wei-Chuan Shih -- University of Houston, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Resolving Deepwater Horizon Impacts on Highly Variable Ichthyoplankton and Zooplankton Dynamics in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Principal Investigator: Frank Hernandez -- University of Southern Mississippi, Department of Coastal Sciences
Member Institutions: Southern Arkansas University, University of Portland, University of Southern Mississippi

Spatial and Temporal Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Growth and Productivity of Recreational and Commercial Fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico

Principal Investigator: Debra Murie -- University of Florida, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, School of Forest Resources and Conservation

The Combined Effect of Environmental and Anthropogenic Stressors on Fish Health

Principal Investigator: Sylvain De Guise -- University of Connecticut, Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science
Member Institutions: Leiden University, Purdue University, University of Connecticut, University of Southern Mississippi

The Effect of Sediment Bioturbators on the Biological Degradation of Petroleum in Coastal Ecosystems

Principal Investigator: Paul Klerks -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of Biology

The Environmental Effects of an Oil Spill on Blue Crabs in the Gulf of Mexico and the Dynamics of Recovery: Integrating Oceanography and Molecular Ecology

Principal Investigator: Joseph Neigel -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of Biology
Member Institutions: Tulane University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Using Embryonic Stem Cell Fate to Determine Potential Adverse Effects of Petroleum/Dispersant Exposure

Principal Investigator: Demetri Spyropoulos -- Medical University of South Carolina, Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences
Member Institutions: College of Charleston, College of St. Benedict, Medical University of South Carolina, Rollins College, University of Indianapolis

Weathering of Petroleum and Dispersant Components in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Kujawinski -- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry
Member Institutions: Haverford College, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution