The Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies is an endowed and developing institute at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Its mission is to support and advance the long-term sustainable use and conservation of the Gulf of Mexico. HRI encourages a tri-national responsibility and approach to understanding the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, including the United States, Mexico and Cuba, and it promotes excellence and innovation in interdisciplinary scientific research, public policy initiatives, and education of the public. Cooperation and collaboration with Gulf and tri-national partners is a hallmark of HRI activity.
A $46 million endowment was given by Mr. Edward H. Harte, philanthropist and former publisher of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, and the State of Texas provided an additional $18 million to build a facility to house HRI, inaugurated in 2005. A 19-member Advisory Council was formed, and planning meetings have been held in the USA, Mexico and Cuba.
The HRI GulfBase website is a searchable and sortable database website for all Gulf of Mexico researchers and research institutes. It includes ever-increasing amounts of information on bays and lagoons, reefs and islands and events to help researchers, policy makers, and the general public work together to insure long-term sustainable use and conservation of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC) is implementing a research database to receive and process data collected from multiple sources and scientific disciplines in the Gulf of Mexico. GRIIDC will have web services to allow for direct access or machine-to-machine communication to its repository.
In January 2015, Texas OneGulf, a consortium of nine Texas institutions led by HRI was designated by TCEQ a Center of Excellence.