This is the list of all contributions published in this section, in chronological order.
The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, or GoMRI, announced the results of RFP-II with funding for 19 grants that will support studies of the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico. Total amount of the funding is roughly $20 million over three years. Of those 19 awards, 6 were to institutions in Louisiana, including LUMCON, LSU, Tulane, ULL and UNO. The UNO project is on “Effect of Photochemistry on Biotransformation of Crude Oil” and the Principal Investigator is Dr. Matthew A. Tarr. Other universities on the project are Tulane University and the University of Oklahoma.
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) has introduced legislation to jumpstart research and development into new oil spill response technology, bringing oil spill response into the 21st century. Her bill – the Oil Spill Research and Technology Act of 2012 (S. 3298) – would create grants to support the research and development of new technologies to better contain and clean up all types of oil spills. In addition, the bill requires the United States Coast Guard to establish a program to evaluate and implement ‘best available technology’ to effectively respond to and clean up oil spills. -- http://www.cantwell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=707fda1b-2646-4b3b-b671-ef7a85b37c1d
The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Conference announces an open call for proposals for conference sessions. The deadline is May 10, 2012. The URL is http://www.gulfresearchinitiative.org/news-and-events/gulf-of-mexico-oil-spill-ecosystem-science-conference/
The conference will be held in New Orleans on January 21-23, 2013.
NOAA maintains a site for soliciting Gulf Spill Restoration project ideas at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration/give-us-your-ideas/suggest-a-restoration-project/.
According to page, these ideas are entered into database and "evaluated by the trustees for consideration in project-specific restoration plans."
If you submitted a letter of intent for the GoMRI RFP II and plan to submit a full proposal, but have not contacted ORSP please do so before Wednesday, February 29. A Letter of Intent must have been submitted by January 17, 2012 in order to apply for funding. A final grant application will not be accepted by GoMRI if you did not submit a Letter of Intent. If you did not submit a letter of intent you will need to wait until the next round of proposals to apply.
The following items have been prepared to assist with your application:
1. Boilerplate language is available for a description of departments, infrastructure and experience available for procuring and administering government and non-government contracts and grants.
2. A template for the commitment letter is available.
3. UNO has an example data management plan on the proposal development site: http://www.uno.edu/orsp/ORSPHome/ProposalDevelopment
If you have questions or need assistance with your application please contact Ana Barrera: email@example.com extension 6835.
The proposals to be funded under RFP-1 for the BP oil spill money have been selected for funding. For Louisiana only two proposals were selected, one led by LUMCON and the other by Vijay John from Tulane. Unfortunately, neither proposal from LUGRC was chosen. The next opportunity for funding will be in response to RFP-2 which should be out sometime this year and will be for individual PIs and groups of collaborators.
As I mentioned in an earlier post UNO is participating in the Louisiana Universities Gulf Research Collaborative (LUGRC) which is preparing a consortial proposal in reponse to the BP RFP. The steering committee of LUGRC decided to split the 5 RFP Themes into two letters of intent (LOI) and, therefore, two proposals. One LOI was for Themes 3 and 5 and the other LOI was for Themes 1,2 an 4. The LOIs were submitted yesterday. Next we will begin the proposal preparation. I will continue to work to ensure UNO participation in both proposals. If you want to make sure you are involved in that process, please email me.
The RFP for the BP oil spill research funding has been released. All of the details are here.
I will send out more details for how UNO faculty can get involved shortly.
Please find below the final call for submissions and registration for the upcoming Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Conference. For your convenience, I have attached a tentative agenda, and the registration list to date. If you have not registered but plan to attend, please do so in order to facilitate our planning of the lunch in particular. This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.
Final Call for Submissions
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Conference: Research From the Four University Consortium
Hosted by Louisiana State University
Featuring Research from Louisiana State University, University of Louisiana Lafayette, Tulane University, University of New Orleans and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON)
April 29th: Faculty Club, Highland Road, LSU Campus
This is the third and final call for submissions and registration in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Conference featuring research from the Four University Consortium.
On Friday April 29th at the Faculty Club on the LSU campus, consecutive sessions will run from 8:30 am to 3 pm. The sessions will be organized around the following oil spill related topics: Fate and Transport ; Water Column/ zooplankton/food chain issues; Benthic Communities; Modeling Issues; Wetlands; Microbial Ecology; Human Impacts; Engineering issues/solutions; Food Safety; and Hypoxia. Each session will feature a 20 to 25 minute summary of available research findings and emphasize important directions for future research. These will not be standard scientific conference style presentations, but rather summary discussions based on research generated to date with a strong focus on what has been learned and what new research questions this knowledge has generated. The panelists for this portion of the conference will be recruited by the conference program committee. For those interested in participating in this part of the conference activities, please contact Richard Shaw (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Matthew Lee (email@example.com ).
In addition, posters will be displayed during the entire day to present the findings from individual research projects, and 90 minutes during the lunch period will be dedicated to the poster session. All submissions for this conference will be poster presentations. Small scale breakout and informal meeting areas will be available throughout the day to accommodate groups interested in establishing new dialogue based on the summary discussions and the poster presentations.
This conference is open to researchers from LSU, ULL, Tulane, UNO, and LUMCON. Interested parties from NOAA, GOMRI, and state and federal agencies are also welcome. In the event that poster submissions exceed available space, the program committee will judge submissions for inclusion in the final program.
Registration and Submission Instructions:
There is no charge for this conference. The registration website is available at: http://uiswcmsweb.prod.lsu.edu/research/ored/OilSpill/item25357.html . Registration is required and has been extended to Monday, April 18th at 4:30 pm CST. If there are multiple authors on a submission and several plan to attend, each author should register separately.
Posters should be no larger than 3 feet by 4 feet, or 36 X 48 inches.
Matthew R. Lee, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor
Office of Research & Economic Development
Attached File: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Conference Agenda.zip
A meeting of the LUGRC (Louisiana Universities Gulf Research Collaborative, i.e. LSU, Tulane, ULL and UNO) was held yesterday to move forward with our proposal to respond to the BP RFP when it is released. Team leads on each of the five themes (posted to this blog previously) were identified. Soon I will notify the campus and urge PIs to contact those leads to become involved in the preparation of the proposal. Please look for that announcement.