Gulf Research Program: Thriving Communities Grants - Enhancing Coastal Community Resilience and Well-being in the Gulf of Mexico Region

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine


Grant amount: Up to US $10,000,000

Next deadline: Sep 19, 2018 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Nov 28, 2018 2:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

Context

    Resilience is broadly defined as the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to stressors from acute and longer-term adverse events. Building community resilience is a complex challenge, with no ‘one-size fits all’ solution. Multi-stakeholder projects are needed that examine community resilience in new and interesting ways and, in doing so, create a fuller picture of what works and what does not (and for whom) in resilience-building policies and programs.

    Purpose

    The Gulf Research Program seeks to help bridge the gap between the knowledge and practice of community resilience. We seek approaches that will advance information exchange between resilience researchers and those that seek to implement policies and practices to enhance the resilience and well-being of their communities. Specifically, we are interested in projects that:

    • Increase understanding of how community attributes and systems (e.g., social, health, economic, and/or environmental) interact and influence a community’s capacity to adapt and thrive, and
    • Provide actionable information and strategies that can be used to implement policies and practices that enhance community resilience.

    Projects should address multiple stressors and focus on linkages among the various attributes and systems that characterize the U.S. Gulf of Mexico region. Projects should directly involve and benefit residents of the Gulf coast who are affected by stressors associated with climate change, severe weather, or chronic impacts of environmental degradation. 

    Examples of topics and questions that align with the aim of this Request for Applications (RFA) include:

    Local and regional economies: How do environmental and economic shocks and stressors affect economies? How do issues related to economic opportunity or employment options affect resilience? How might a better understanding of local and regional economies improve strategies for developing adaptive capacity and resilience?

    Social determinants of health: Are there ways to build social, environmental, or health equity into efforts to build adaptive capacity and resilience? How can historical and structural inequities be appropriately acknowledged and addressed in adaptation plans or strategies to improve resilience?

    Environmental change: How might responses to environmental degradation produce “co-benefits” for communities (e.g., improve physical or mental health or well-being)? How can links between ecosystem health and community resilience and well-being be demonstrated and acknowledged in response, restoration, and recovery processes?

    Place, culture, and ways of life: How can the strengths of communities be harnessed and encouraged in strategies for building and sustaining resilience? How does cohesiveness, connectedness, or empowerment affect perceptions and communications about risks and actions that can be taken to enhance resilience?

    Regional human impacts of offshore oil and gas operations: How do offshore oil and gas operations affect Gulf region communities? How can a better understanding of the benefits and costs associated with offshore oil and gas operations help communities build community and regional resilience in both the short and longer terms?

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