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**Some programs are limited. Please read solicitations carefully and consult your Office of Research for specifics, such as limited applications through your university and internal application deadlines.**

The Gulf Research Program seeks to support activities that will supply new observations, analyses, and modeling needed to advance our understanding of Loop Current dynamics for the purpose of improving predictive skills of the Loop Current and associated eddies, referred to as the Loop Current System (LCS). This solicitation is the first of several funding opportunities for a research campaign aimed at improving understanding and prediction skills of the LCS. Proposed observations, analyses, and modeling should specifically address recommendations for near-term activities identified in the consensus report Understanding and Predicting the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current: Gaps and Recommendations, released in January 2018. These near-term activities can be started or accomplished without extensive planning and are meant to either jumpstart or inform the design of a long-term (10-yr), integrative program.

Deadline: April 25, 2018