Regional Initiatives

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

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The Gulf of Mexico Alliance manages the operational and non-scientific aspects associated with Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, which includes proposal planning and preparation, administer research grants, implement research database, budget and financial reporting, website management, and program communications and outreach.

Gulf Restoration

Many members of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance are involved in the unprecedented restoration efforts resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Click here to learn more about regional restoration activities including Natural Resource Damage Assessment, RESTORE Act, National Academy of Sciences’ Gulf Research Program, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, and National American Wetlands Conservation Act.

Gulf Observations & Monitoring

Environmental monitoring means different things to different people, but all have the same intent: to evaluate the health and resilience of the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico. Bringing together a broad range of stakeholders, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and its partners have collaborated to develop a comprehensive vision for observations and monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico. Several meetings and workshops have shaped the vision and more will be necessary to identify priority actions necessary to achieve that vision.

To see documents related to regional observations and monitoring, click here.

To join our growing network of partners contributing to the collaborative effort, email Laura Bowie.

Hypoxia Task Force

The Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force or “Hypoxia Task Force” is led by the Environmental Protection Agency has has a broad, national partnership of which the Alliance is a member. The former Alliance Nutrients Priority Issue Team and Current Water Resources Team work directly with the Hypoxia Task Force on nutrient reduction strategies. The Task Force, in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, researchers, and regional experts, track the annual Gulf of Mexico dead zone. In 2011, the Alliance held its annual All Hands Meeting jointly with the Hypoxia Task Force. The two vast partnerships continue to work toward nutrient and hypoxia solutions in the Gulf of Mexico and its watershed.

Research Funders Forum

The Gulf of Mexico Regional Research Funders Forum serves as an open platform for all funding programs who support research in the Gulf of Mexico to meet and share research needs, priorities, opportunities and challenges. The goal of the Research Funders Forum is to increase collaboration and coordination among research funding entities in the Gulf of Mexico region in order to maintain high quality research.

Guiding Principles

  • Focus on discovery-based and translational research activities
  • Use volunteers who work together because they believe the outcome of collaboration will be greater than the sum of individual research program activities
  • Be inclusive, transparent and accessible: represents federal, state, NGO and other funding entities
  • Offer opportunities for coordination of regional research, to reduce duplication of effort, and to collaborate on jointly-funded programs
  • Undertake long-range regional research visioning (long-range as defined by program lifecycles of 20-30 years)


Any group that financially supports research or issues research grants, contracts or cooperative agreements is eligible to participate in the Research Funders Forum. The Research Funders Forum may include governmental, industry, academic, foundation and other programs that either fund research that is conducted within their organization or fund research that is conducted outside of their organization.


The Research Funders Forum meets on a semi-annual basis at meetings of opportunity. A listserv is maintained and partners stay in communication by periodic email updates. Contact us to join this list.