In March, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) and the Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative (GOMURC) partnered on a successful proposal to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council). GOMA and GOMURC will administer the Best Available Science (BAS) review process for RESTORE Act funding Bucket 2 and 3 projects for the next three years. This partnership allows for both organizations to bring their expertise to the table to ensure high-quality external science reviews are conducted in a timely manner.
GOMURC staff are reaching out to regional and national experts to identify appropriate conflict-free reviewers for projects submitted to the Council for funding. In a change from previous BAS protocol, reviewers will be compensated for their time to provide thorough, high-quality science assessments.
‘We’re delighted about the partnership with GOMA, they have a successful track record of managing projects and processes and are a valuable partner to match with GOMURC’s network of experts in the region,” said Chris D’Elia, Chair, GOMURC Board of Directors. This partnership ensures that the RESTORE Council projects receive robust science reviews to support their funding process, something the public has long supported for restoration projects.
The Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative (GOMURC) is a multi-state university-based research consortia collaborating to promote scientific knowledge, workforce development, and understanding that informs natural resource management decisions at state, regional, national and international levels.
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is a regional non-profit that draws partners from academia, state, federal, non-profit, business, and community organizations. The mission is to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico through increased regional collaboration.
Combining the intellectual talents of both organizations provides the RESTORE Council with breadth and depth on a wide range of restoration issues.