The funds are waiting to be tapped, and now the AAPG Foundation is seeking proposals from industry professionals for research funding through the AAPG/OSU Geoscience and GIS Consortium.
The consortium, announced last year after a generous donation from Boone Pickens, is designed to create, accelerate and sustain digital peer-reviewed GIS products, carried out through OSU’s geology and geography departments and the AAPG Spatial Publications Standing Committee.
The products are expected to have direct application to the search for and development of petroleum and energy-related mineral resources, and/or related to environmental geology or related economic issues.
Annual funding for the consortium is provided through Pickens’ pledge totaling $240,000 per year for 10 years, plus a gift of $7 million bequeathed to the AAPG Foundation.
Applicants should submit letters of inquiry, which will be reviewed by the Consortia Advisory Committee, consisting of AAPG staff, AAPG GIS Committee and Oklahoma State University geology and geography departments (Jim Blankenship, Jeff Byrnes, Bret Fossum, Jiangyao Gong, Dale Lightfoot, Sam Limerick and Thomas A. Wikle).
LOI guidelines, as well as examples of projects for funding consideration, are provided online at foundation.aapg.org/gia/osugisindustry.cfm.
LOIs should be sent to Rebecca Griffin.
In other Foundation news:
Over 40 Roswell-Artesia area members and guests attended as David and AAPG Foundation Executive Director Rick Fritz announced the “Texas Tech George B. Asquith Scholarship for Excellence in Petroleum Geology” and the Eddie David Challenge Grant Opportunity, in which Eddie and Jamie David will match gifts made to the AAPG Foundation in support of the “Eddie David Named Grant” up to $100,000.
Fritz also presented an update on Association activities and the Foundation’s campaign progress and program development.
To join the Foundation’s campaign, “Meeting Challenges… Assuring Success,” or to support the Eddie David Challenge Grant, Bridge Fund, Grants-in-Aid or other Foundation programs, contact Rebecca at (918) 560-2644 or Alison Robbins at (918) 560-2674.