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Projects funded as a part of initial investments as a result of criminal charges
against BP and Transocean


Louisiana is receiving $67.9 million to advance projects designed to improve the marine and coastal environments, ecosystems, and habitats in the Gulf of Mexico and bordering states harmed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced today.

The funds were generated by agreements between BP, Transocean, and the U.S. Department of Justice to settle certain criminal charges against both companies in relation to the spill. This is the first approved dedication of the funds, expected to total $2.544 billion for the affected states over a five-year period.

“For decades, we have fought to protect and preserve our home -- the abundant natural resources, coastal areas and unique culture found here in south Louisiana,” said Governor Bobby Jindal. “We’ve certainly faced challenges, but these investments will give us the opportunity to make an historic down payment on a 50-year plan to protect our families and businesses, restore the natural processes that built Louisiana’s delta, and ensure that our coast continues to be both a Sportsman’s Paradise and a hub for commerce and industry.”

The expenditures through the newly-created Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund were approved by NFWF, the fund administrator, which must give appropriate consideration to Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan and the Louisiana Coastal Area Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study. As required in the settlement agreement, the money will be used for initial planning and engineering on priority barrier islands and projects to reconnect the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers to adjacent coastal wetland areas. The project list includes:

1. Caminada Beach and Dune Increment II: Engineering & Design ($3M): The project will create approximately 489 acres of beach and dune habitat, restoring approximately 8.9 additional miles (supplementing Increment I) of beach with approximately 5.4 million cubic yards of material from Ship Shoal, an offshore submerged sand source.

2. East Timbalier Island: Engineering & Design ($6M): East Timbalier Island is part of a barrier island chain that separates Terrebonne and Timbalier bays from the Gulf of Mexico. The island is currently comprised of two severely degraded segments; the proposed project would re-establish the historic footprint, reconnecting the two segments.

3. Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion: Engineering & Design ($40.4M): This project, designed to mimic delta-building processes in the Atchafalaya River delta and others, is expected to restore significant habitat in the Barataria Basin, including fresh, intermediate, and brackish marshes by re-introducing sediment and nutrients which historically built and maintained the affected area. The project will be instrumental in informing the design of other future diversion projects.

4. Lower Mississippi River Sediment Diversions: Planning ($13.6M): The study will examine additional lower Mississippi River sediment diversions designed to reconnect  the Mississippi River  to  degrading marshes east (Mid Breton and Lower Breton) and west (Lower Barataria), building land in shallow open water and introducing sediment and nutrients to sustain existing stressed wetlands.

5. Increase Atchafalaya Flow to Terrebonne: Planning (4.9M): The project will utilize freshwater and sediment from the Atchafalaya River in order to build, sustain, and maintain wetlands within the Terrebonne Basin.

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“The work performed with these funds will help to address uncertainties in critical projects related to reconnecting the Mississippi River system with our coast and reestablishing the land building process in south Louisiana,” said Garret Graves, chair of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board. “These projects are fundamental to the success of the Master Plan. This is the difference between Louisiana’s coast being Plaquemines Parish or the City of Plaquemines in 2100. The barrier island component announced today represents over half a billion dollars in barrier island restoration, our first line of defense under Governor Jindal. The progress is unprecedented.”

"Our barrier islands are our first line of defense and fresh water into other areas of our parish are critical for our future,” said Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet. “A win-win for Terrebonne."

“Re-introducing sediments from the Mississippi River and restoring our barrier islands to retain those sediments within the system are key components in restoring our vanishing wetlands,” said Jefferson Parish President John Young. “We all know that sediments are needed to rebuild and sustain our coast, and this funding will allow us to proceed in designing a project that will mimic the natural processes by using river sediments to build land as was done naturally prior to the coastal wetlands being isolated from the Mississippi River by levees. Accordingly, this requires great care, utilizing the best available science and engineering technologies, so that the end results protect and sustain our viable working coastlines to support fisheries and other industries, our people, and our rich cultural heritage. I look forward to information and technical data coming forth during the design phase in order to allay concerns.”

“This in an important source of revenue to address these critical projects,” said Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph. “This is a welcome opportunity to address the coastal restoration that is so badly needed here. The identification of projects to be funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is attributable to Gov. Jindal and the CPRA’s commitment to this region.”

"Today’s announcement is a giant step forward for restoration," said Steven Peyronnin, executive director for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. "NFWF and the State of Louisiana deserve tremendous credit for moving quickly to advance key projects that are fundamental to Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan.  By focusing on projects that restore our barrier islands and reconnect our rivers to our coast, NFWF and the State of Louisiana have made a smart investment in a sustainable future for Louisiana."

"Restoring and sustaining the wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta and restoring the unique, essential barrier islands along Louisiana's coast are both vital to the long-term sustainability of productive recreational fisheries in Louisiana and throughout the Gulf," said Chris Macaluso, director of the Center for Marine Fisheries for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. "The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership has been working very closely with recreational fishermen, scientists and researchers, business owners, fisheries managers, and conservation organizations across the Gulf and there has been overwhelming support for projects that build and sustain fisheries habitat among the recreational fishing community. The projects selected by Louisiana and approved by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are the kinds of projects recreational fishermen have asked for to ensure healthy and sustainable fishing for generations to come."

"A year ago, the Attorney General announced that criminal settlement dollars from BP and Transocean would be dedicated to building diversions and barrier islands in Louisiana. The dream of meaningful large scale restoration took a huge step toward reality," said David Muth, director of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program for the National Wildlife Federation. "This announcement by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation of funding for key projects from the Louisiana Master Plan is the next important step toward restoring the Mississippi River Delta. Louisiana’s Mid-Barataria Diversion is an example of the scale of project needed to bring hope for a future to a coastal basin with one of the highest land loss rates in the world."

“Dedication of this first round of funding to planning, design, and engineering of complex restoration projects is significant,” said Cynthia Duet, government relations director for Audubon Louisiana. “These large river diversions and islands require substantial funding and time at the front end of the process if they are to be truly successful coastal habitats for birds, wildlife, and communities into the future. Today’s announcement reflects the collaboration between NFWF and the state of Louisiana, and their true understanding of the needs of our coastal environment.”

By Admin (on 11/13/2013 @ 16:00:00, in Funding Opportunities, read 953 times)

Vanderbilt University invites you to participate in a summer seminar for humanities scholars working with XML documents (such as TEI, EAD, or MODS).

The XQuery Summer Institute is designed for scholars with basic experience marking up texts who would like to acquire advanced skills in how to query and computationally analyze XML documents.

We welcome applications from archivists, faculty members, librarians, alt-ac professionals, and advanced graduate students. Over the course of two weeks, we will teach you how to program in XQuery, a language designed for querying and manipulating XML documents. You will leave the Institute knowing how to maximize the value of your XML encoding.

The Institute will take place from Monday, June 9 to Friday, June 20 in 2014 on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. It will be led by six instructors with experience in the digital humanities (see, including Jonathan Robie, Lead Editor of the XQuery and XPath specifications at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

There are no registration costs to the Institute thanks to generous support from the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities (see the announcement of Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities We will also provide subventions for participants’ travel, lodging, and meals. Participation is limited to twelve. Applications are due by February 14, 2014.

Please join us!  Take your XML skills to the next level in Nashville this summer. For information about the Institute and the application process, see Questions? Please email Clifford Anderson, Director for Scholarly Communications, at Vanderbilt University:

By Admin (on 10/26/2013 @ 13:42:37, in Funding Opportunities, read 993 times)
Nov 4, 2013 — Baton Rouge, LA — The Water Institute of the Gulf seeks proposals for numerical modeling of fish and shellfish community dynamics in Louisiana estuaries as part of a number of modeling improvements being conducted in support of Louisiana's 2017 Coastal Master Plan. Model development and testing will initially focus on community interactions among species within the Barataria and Pontchartrain Basins. Calibrated and validated models will be integrated, to the extent possible, with the landscape models (i.e., Integrated Compartment Models) being developed by master plan modeling teams.  The modeling suite will be used to provide CPRA with estimates of fish and shellfish community response to certain kinds of restoration and protection projects as part of the development of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan. 
Full information related to modeling needs, timeline, evaluation criteria and proposal submission requirements can be found by clicking here.
Deadline for Submission
The deadline for submission is November 27, 2013 at 12:00pm (noon) central time.
All proposals must be delivered electronically, in .pdf format, to
Questions about this RFP
To view responses to questions received as of Noon on November 6, 2013 please click here.
All questions regarding this project may be directed to Questions must be submitted in writing by November 15, 2013 at 12PM central time.  Responses will be posted on the website no later than 5pm central time on November 20, 2013.
By Admin (on 9/6/2013 @ 15:39:24, in Funding Opportunities, read 987 times)

LaSPACE is now accepting proposals for our Research Enhancement Awards’ (REA) program, which provides small 'seed' grants for scientific research at colleges and universities that are participating members of the consortium. Particularly, the REA program is aimed at the emerging researcher and/or the established researcher who wishes to initiate a new research direction for the development of projects, contacts, and collaborations that will bring Louisiana scientists into the mainstream of NASA related research, thereby increasing the chance to fully and successfully compete in the aerospace R & D marketplace.

 Please take note of the details listed below.

·         Proposals will be accepted until Wednesday, October 16, 2013

·         We hope to have external reviews completed and be able to announce the awards by Wednesday, December 11, 2013

·         We anticipate awarded projects will begin at the start of the Spring 2014 semester

·         Complete proposal guidelines for the REA competition are available online at

·         Forms within the Guidelines have been recently updated. Proposals must follow the current guidelines and utilize the current forms. Proposals submitted under previous guidelines/outdated forms will NOT be reviewed.

 If you have any questions about the requirements or format, please do not hesitate to contact me. Be sure to share this information with your colleagues across your campus.



 Colleen H. Fava, LaSPACE Manager

Louisiana Space Grant Consortium

LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy

364 Nicholson Hall ӏ Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001

ӏ O: 225.578.8680 ӏ F: 225.578.1222 ӏ ӏ

By Carol Lunn (on 3/6/2013 @ 14:00:41, in Funding Opportunities, read 928 times)
Beginning March 18, 2013, the NSF will enhance the FastLane system to begin automated compliance checking of all required sections of proposals. This will bring NSF systems in line with long-standing proposal preparation requirements as outlined in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) ( Chapter II.C.2 of the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG)).

The GPG-required sections of a proposal include: Project Summary * Budget Justification Project Description Current and Pending Support References Cited Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources Biographical Sketch(es) Data Management Plan * Budget Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan (if applicable)* * These proposal sections are already being auto-compliance checked by FastLane.

Proposal submission instructions for conferences, symposia or workshops; international travel grants; or program solicitations may deviate from the GPG instructions. If the submission instructions do not require one of the above sections to be provided, proposers will need to insert text or upload a document in that section of the proposal that states, “Not Applicable.” Doing so will enable FastLane to accept the proposal.

Additionally, proposers providing Biographical Sketches and/or Current and Pending Support information for Principal Investigators (PIs), co-PI(s) or Senior Personnel in a single PDF file associated with the PI, must insert text or upload a document in that section of the proposal that states, “Not Applicable,” for any co-PI or Senior Personnel so that FastLane will accept the proposal.

PIs will receive a warning message if any of the GPG-required sections is missing, however, the PI will still be able to submit the proposal to the organization’s Sponsored Project Office (SPO). If the SPO attempts to submit proposal that is missing any of the GPG required sections, they will receive an error message identifying the missing section(s), and FastLane will prevent submission to NSF. After obtaining all required sections, the SPO may submit the proposal to NSF in accordance with the established deadline date policy.

Proposals submitted through must include all GPG required sections or include a document stating that the section is “Not Applicable.

Additional information will be posted on the NSF website at: Please contact for any further questions.

By Carol Lunn (on 3/6/2013 @ 13:45:59, in Funding Opportunities, read 968 times)
NSF issued the following notice on the impact of the FY 2013 Sequestration Order on NSF awards.

As you may know, since passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, the President has been working with Congress to reach agreement on a balanced deficit reduction plan. If an agreement is not reached by the end of this month, the President will be required to issue an order on March 1, 2013 that will implement across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration. As a result of this expected sequestration order, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 appropriations of the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be reduced by 5 percent.

We intend to make the necessary FY 2013 reductions with as little disruption as possible to established commitments, and are using the following set of core principles to guide our sequestration planning activities: • Protect commitments to NSF's core mission and maintain existing awards; • Protect the NSF workforce; and • Protect STEM human capital development programs.

By adhering to these core principles and the government-wide guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Memorandum 13-03, Planning for Uncertainty with Respect to Fiscal Year 2013 Budgetary Resources, we expect to be able to accommodate the sequestration reductions in ways that minimize, to the extent possible, the impact on our mission, both short- and long-term. Because the sequestration order takes effect at mid-year, its impact is somewhat greater than might otherwise be the case. At NSF, the major impact of sequestration will be seen in reductions to the number of new research grants and cooperative agreements awarded in FY 2013. We anticipate that the total number of new research grants will be reduced by approximately 1,000.

In keeping with the first core principle listed above, and to assure continuity and minimize disruption of scientific research, all continuing grant increments in FY 2013 will be awarded, as scheduled, and there will be no impact on existing NSF standard grants. The same intent applies to annual increments for cooperative agreements, though overall funding constraints may require reductions to certain major investments. These will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

It is also important to advise you that the Foundation is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will expire on March 27, 2013. Once NSF has appropriations in place beyond March 27th, we will revise this notice as necessary.

In FY 2012, NSF received 48,623 proposals and provided 11,534 awards (24% funding rate).

By Dr. Whittenburg (on 11/7/2012 @ 08:35:53, in Funding Opportunities, read 1279 times)
ORAU is announcing a Call for Proposals for the FY 2013 ORAU/ORNL High Performance Computing Program. The plan is to award two new grants. The FY 2013 Call for Proposals is similar to the FY 2012 program. Proposals must be submitted by an ORAU member institution faculty member in collaboration with an Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) research staff member listed as a principal investigator on one of the ORNL 2013 Research Projects. Information on how to apply, the proposal requirements, and the list of ORNL research projects is available on the Members Only web site. Enter your Members Only user-id and password, and under the Apply for Faculty and Student Programs menu on the right, select ORAU/ORNL High Performance Computing Grant Program. Proposals are due by noon EST on Monday, December 17, 2012, and must be endorsed and submitted by the institution’s ORAU Councilor. Only one faculty proposal per institution will be considered. This program provides ORAU member institutions with a potential of $75K in funding (over three years) for research using ORNL's supercomputing resources in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Please share this preliminary call for proposals with interested faculty at your institution. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail Cathy Fore at 865-241-8158,
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 11/5/2012 @ 14:17:17, in Funding Opportunities, read 1384 times)
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 11/1/2012 @ 12:35:06, in Funding Opportunities, read 1466 times)
The Department of Defense (DoD) manages 425 Federally-listed species and more than 520 species at-risk on its 29 million acres of public lands. Included are 110 of the 251 “Multi-District Litigation” (MDL) candidate species for which the USFWS must make listing decisions no later than September 2017. DoD is interested in developing and enhancing ecoregional-based (environmental) projects and partnerships. For more information see below and visit If you are interested in pursuing environmental R&D funding from the SERDP program please email us at This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.
By Dr. Whittenburg (on 10/2/2012 @ 14:26:31, in Funding Opportunities, read 1147 times)
LaSPACE is now accepting proposals for several of their award programs. • The MRS, GSRA, and Higher Education/Senior Design programs are open through the end of the year without a specific due date. Proposals will be reviewed when received and, if meritorious, will be awarded until funds are exhausted. • Proposals for the REA award will be accepted until Friday, November 16, 2012. • Proposals for the LURA award program will be accepted until Wednesday, November 28, 2012. • Guidelines for all proposals are available online at • The guidelines have been UPDATED. Please refer to / use the newest version(s). Of particular note, the LURA submission guidelines and final technical report have an additional component. We need a work plan for and final evaluation for every student we fund. Thus, LURA proposals which include applications from 2 students, must include unique work plans for each student. And final reports must reflect on each student’s work. If you have any questions about the requirements or format, please do not hesitate to contact Colleen at the address below. This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff. Colleen H. Fava, LaSPACE Manager Louisiana Space Grant Consortium LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy 364 Nicholson Hall ӏ Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001 ӏ O: 225.578.8680 ӏ F: 225.578.1222 ӏ ӏ
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