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RFP-VI: Research Grants

There were $50 million in grants to support research into effects of the Deepwater Horizon incident on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. A total of 31 research proposals - 8 Research Consortia and 23 small research teams.

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


31 Projects

A Comprehensive Petrochemical Vulnerability Index for Improved Decision-Making and Marine Biodiversity Risk Assessment in the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem

Principal Investigator: Beth Polidoro -- Arizona State University,
Member Institutions: Arizona State University, Baylor University, Old Dominion University

A Decade-Long Study on Impact, Recovery, and Resilience in Louisiana Salt Marshes: The Evolution of the Oil Transformation Compounds and Plant-Soil-Microbial Responses to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Principal Investigator: Aixin Hou -- Louisiana State University, Department of Environmental Sciences
Member Institutions: Florida State University, Louisiana State University

Aggregation and Degradation of Dispersants and Oil by Microbial Exopolymers 2 (ADDOMEx-2): Towards a synthesis of process and pathways of marine oil snow formation

Principal Investigator: Antonietta Quigg -- Texas A&M University at Galveston, Marine Biology Department
Member Institutions: Mount Allison University, Old Dominion University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University at Galveston, University of California Merced, University of California Santa Barbara, University of New Hampshire

Beach Exposure And Child HEalth Study (BEACHES)

Principal Investigator: Helena Solo-Gabriele -- University of Miami, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Member Institutions: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences - College of Public Health, University of Miami

Biodegradation of "Hidden" High Molecular Weight Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons: Closing Critical Research Gaps

Principal Investigator: Melanie Beazley -- University of Central Florida, Department of Chemistry

Center for the Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems III (C-IMAGE III)

Principal Investigator: Steven Murawski -- University of South Florida, College of Marine Science
Member Institutions: Eckerd College, Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Hamburg University of Technology, Mote Marine Laboratory , Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, The University of Western Australia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, University of Calgary, University of California San Diego, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of South Florida, University of West Florida, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Wageningen University

Coastal Waters Consortium III (CWC III): Oil Spills as Stressors in Coastal Marshes - The Legacy and the Future

Principal Investigator: Nancy Rabalais -- Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), Research
Member Institutions: Austin Peay State University, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Connecticut College, Florida Gulf Coast University, Louisiana State University, Louisiana State University AgCenter, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), Marine Biological Laboratory, Michigan Technological University, Rutgers University, SEA Consulting Group, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Tennessee

Consortium for Advanced Research on Marine Mammal Health Assessment (CARMMHA)

Principal Investigator: Lori Schwacke -- National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF), Conservation Medicine
Member Institutions: Auburn University, Chicago Zoological Society, Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL), Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), San Diego Veterinary Cardiology, Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) Consulting, University of Connecticut, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of St Andrews

Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbons in the Environment III (CARTHE-III)

Principal Investigator: Tamay Özgökmen -- University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Member Institutions: Brown University, Consiglio Nazionale delle Riceche, Florida State University, Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Nova Southeastern University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, The City University of New York - College of Staten Island, University of California Los Angeles, University of Delaware, University of Miami, University of Washington

Consortium for Simulation of Oil-Microbial Interactions in the Ocean (CSOMIO)

Principal Investigator: Eric Chassignet -- Florida State University, Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS)
Member Institutions: Florida State University, HR Wallingford, Texas A&M University, University of Delaware, University of Maryland, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Coral-Tox: A Species-Sensitivity Assessment of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Toxicity to Scleractinian Corals

Principal Investigator: Abigail Renegar -- Nova Southeastern University, Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences

Deep-Pelagic Plankton Communities of the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Trophic Ecology, Assemblage Dynamics, and Connectivity with the Upper Ocean

Principal Investigator: Frank Hernandez -- University of Southern Mississippi, Division of Coastal Sciences
Member Institutions: Oregon State University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Southern Mississippi

Designing Nanoparticle-based Dispersants with Improved Efficiency and Biocompatibility

Principal Investigator: Daniel Savin -- University of Florida, Department of Chemistry
Member Institutions: Tulane University, University of Florida

Development of Portable Lab-on-CD Instrument for In-Situ and High Precision Detection of Spilled Oil Particles in Coastal Water System

Principal Investigator: Wanjun Wang -- Louisiana State University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Member Institutions: Louisiana State University, Texas A&M University

Dispersion Research on Oil: Physics and Plankton Studies III (DROPPS III)

Principal Investigator: Edward Buskey -- The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Marine Science
Member Institutions: Johns Hopkins University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, SINTEF, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, The University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston, University of Pennsylvania, University of South Florida

Effects of Mesoscale Eddies on Three-Dimensional Oil Dispersion: Data Integration, Interpretation and Implications for Oil Spill Models

Principal Investigator: Xinfeng Liang -- University of South Florida, College of Marine Science

Effects of Turbulence and Waves on the Dispersion, Transport and Fate of Oil Droplets in the Upper Ocean: A Large Eddy Simulation Study

Principal Investigator: Junhong Liang -- Louisiana State University, College of the Coast and Environment
Member Institutions: Louisiana State University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Maryland

Impact of Oil Spill to Human Lung Health: Next Generation Sequencing and Mouse Model Based Analyses

Principal Investigator: Yao-Zhong Liu -- Tulane University- School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, Global Biostatistics and Data Science
Member Institutions: Tulane University School of Medicine, Tulane University- School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Inferential/Parametric Forecasting of Subsurface Oil Trajectory Integrating Limited Reconnaissance Data with Flow Field Information for Emergency Response

Principal Investigator: James Englehardt -- University of Miami, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Member Institutions: SINTEF, University of Miami

Integrating Teleost Transcriptomes to Identify Ecologically Meaningful Responses Following Oil Exposure

Principal Investigator: Robert Griffitt -- University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Member Institutions: Purdue University, University of Southern Mississippi

Meta-analytic synthesis of long-term wetland impacts, recovery, and resilience following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Principal Investigator: Sean Graham -- Nicholls State University, Department of Biological Sciences
Member Institutions: Atkins North America, Inc., Louisiana State University, Nicholls State University, Research Planning, Inc., Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Modeling Modification of Surface Oil Transport by Air/Sea Interactions and Tropical Storms

Principal Investigator: Yangxing Zheng -- Florida State University, Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS)

Molecular Understanding of Emulsion Formation in Environmentally Photo- Oxidized Crude Oils: In Situ Generation of Interfacially Active Species and Their Impact on Emulsification

Principal Investigator: Ryan Rodgers -- Florida State University, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
Member Institutions: Florida State University, University of New Orleans

Radium Isotope Release from Oil Degradation: Development of an ‘Oil Clock’

Principal Investigator: Richard Peterson -- Coastal Carolina University, Department of Coastal & Marine Systems Science

Relationship of Effects of Cardiac Outcomes in Fish for Validation of Ecological Risk II (RECOVER II)

Principal Investigator: Martin Grosell -- University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Member Institutions: The University of Texas at Austin, University of California Riverside, University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Miami, University of North Texas

Resuspension, Redistribution and Deposition of Deep Water Horizon (DwH) Recalcitrant Hydrocarbons to offshore Depocenters

Principal Investigator: Arne Diercks -- University of Southern Mississippi, National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology
Member Institutions: Eckerd College, Florida State University, University of South Florida, University of Southern Mississippi

Southeastern Gulf of Mexico Processes Affecting Basin-Wide Connectivity and Hydrocarbon Transport: the Role of Mesoscale Eddies and Upwelling Near Cuba

Principal Investigator: Villy Kourafalou -- University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Member Institutions: Norwegian Meteorological Institute, University of Miami, University of South Florida

Synthesis of the Physical Processes in Subsea Bubble Plume to Connect Natural Seeps and Oil Spills

Principal Investigator: Binbin Wang -- Texas A&M University, Geochemical and Environmental Research Group

The impact of Deepwater Horizon oil exposure on the vertebrate stress response

Principal Investigator: M. Danielle McDonald -- University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Transport of Aerosolized Oil Droplets in Marine Atmospheric Boundary Layer: Coupling Wind LiDAR Measurements and Large-Eddy Simulations

Principal Investigator: Giacomo Iungo -- University of Texas at Dallas, School of Engineering & Computer Science
Member Institutions: University of Houston, University of Texas at Dallas

Turbulent Vertical Mixing and the Formation of Oil Particle Aggregates: LES, Measurements and Modeling

Principal Investigator: Andrés Tejada-Martínez -- University of South Florida, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Member Institutions: New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Florida, University of South Florida