Deepwater Horizon research group offers final $65m

Deepwater Horizon research group offers final $65m

The research initiative that sprung up in the wake of the BP disaster is offering $65 million (£51m) of funding to help understand the effects of oil on the environment and reduce its damaging effects.

The announcement comes as the blockbuster movie about the tragic demise of the Deepwater Horizon accident hits the cinemas.

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is looking to provide research grants over the next two years, which will be the last round of funding by the organisation before it closes in 2020.

The 10-year programme was established following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and subsequent oil spill.

The latest round of funding will support studies on how oil and gas are dispersed by the ocean, how they degrade and affect marine habitat and organisms as well as how ecosystems can recover from their pollution.

Dr. Rita Colwell, Chair of the GoMRI Research Board, said: “We have been very pleased by the quality of research produced by GoMRI-supported researchers. This science and engineering research has yielded findings that will improve our understanding of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. This understanding is critical and brings us to a place where we have a more comprehensive understanding of how an oil spill moves through the Gulf of Mexico and its influence on the environment and the citizens of the region.”

It is anticipated that approximately 30 research awards will be granted.