RI Endeavor Program
Since 2005, the State of Rhode Island’s annual budget has allocated $500,000 for support of operations and programs to benefit the Research Vessel Endeavor. Under the leadership and administration of the dean’s office at the Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO), this important state funding maintains the Rhode Island Endeavor Program (RIEP). The Research Vessel Endeavor, which is owned by the National Science Foundation (NSF), has been operated and managed by University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography since 1976 under a cooperative agreement with NSF. The ship is also a member of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS). The purpose of the RIEP is to provide University of Rhode Island’s researchers and RI’s educators access to the scientific research and educational capabilities of an ocean-going research vessel. To this end, the dean has constituted a “Rhode Island Endeavor Program Committee” to provide advice and guidance on the administration of the RIEP funds. The committee comprises University of Rhode Island oceanographic researchers, staff members, and other subject matter experts appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography. This committee serves the function of conducting the peer review process, advising the dean, and facilitating the call for RIEP proposals. The RIEP committee recommends projects for support and the GSO dean makes final funding decisions.