Supporting long-term research

BP has committed to pay $500 million over 10 years to support independent research through the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative
C-IMAGE researchers on the stern of the Weatherbird II deploy a multicorer to collect sediment cores to look at the health of the benthic environment, GOM C-IMAGE researchers on the stern of the Weatherbird II deploy a multicorer to collect sediment cores

The goal of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative is to improve society’s ability to understand, respond to and mitigate the potential impacts of oil spills on marine and coastal ecosystems. The organization is doing this by engaging the expertise of some of the world’s most respected scientists. This research is separate and distinct from the studies conducted through the natural resource damage assessment process. 

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative provides information about active and completed research projects, and lists researchers and institutions funded by the initiative.

Grants awarded

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative had awarded approximately $315 million in grants as at the end of 2014. Grant recipients are investigating topics including the fate of oil releases; the ecological and human health aspects of spills; and the development of new tools and technology for future spill response, mitigation and restoration.

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative grants
Grants awarded to date (as at the end of 2014) $315 million
Funding to be available for grants for individual and small group research from 2016-18 $27 million

About the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative was created following the 2010 oil spill through an agreement between BP and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, a non-profit partnership formed by the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to address common environmental issues.

BP and the alliance agreed to create a fully independent research board to commission long-term research relating to oil spills in marine and coastal ecosystems. The research board is responsible for developing all requests for proposals, making all funding decisions and reviewing progress of the funded research.

BP funding covers grant awards and administrative costs. Grant recipients are expected to publish their results in peer-reviewed scientific journals. There is no requirement for BP to approve any research proposal or any study before publication. 


Attestation

The information on this page forms part of the information reviewed and reported on by Ernst & Young as part of BP's 2014 sustainability reporting. View the full assurance statement.