The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) awarded $1.5M on July 6, 2011 to 17 scientists conducting research on the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The short-term funding made available by these grants will allow researchers to collect crucial summer data, tiding them over until RFP I grant awards are made in the fall.
“We’re elated,” says marine botanist Susanne Fredericq from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette who received one of the 17 awards. She will use the funds to continue data gathering on seaweed and crustacean recovery deep in the Gulf of Mexico. “Otherwise, we would miss an entire summer.”