Program Description

The Renewable Energy Program oversees the leasing of areas on the outer continental shelf for development of renewable energy facilities. The program not only supports decisions made within the Department of the Interior, but also provides coastal states and local governments with the information necessary to ensure that all stages of offshore renewable energy projects are conducted in a manner to protect both the human and natural environments. The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) Section 1345 authorizes the use of cooperative agreements with affected states to meet the requirements of OCSLA, including sharing information, joint utilization of available expertise, formation of joint monitoring arrangements to carry out applicable Federal and state laws, regulations, and stipulations relevant to outer continental shelf operations both onshore and offshore.

The assistance can be used to acquire information to satisfy the information needs associated with leasing and plan review for renewable energy development on the outer continental shelf. Applications must be for projects which are within BOEM's area of responsibility.

General Program Requirements

Applicant Eligibility:
State agencies and public universities may apply. More than one institution may collaborate in the preparation of an application for assistance.

Beneficiary Eligibility:
Research scientists, Federal, state and local decision makers, Native American Organizations, and the general public will ultimately benefit from the program.

Proposals must furnish evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed project. This includes submission of proposals that describe the proposed activities, identify methods for accomplishing the activities, and/or describe the process for ensuring that qualified personnel are used to conduct the activities. The regulations at 2 CFR 220 Cost Principles for Educational Institutions (OMB Circular A-21) and 2 CFR 225 Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments (OMB Circular No. A-87) apply to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Preapplication Coordination: Limited discussions regarding funding availability and program interest are permitted. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedures: 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The regulations under 43 CFR Part 12 apply to this program. Applicants are required to post their applications on

Award Procedure: Awards are made on the basis of competitive peer review of proposals by a panel consisting of government research managers and external reviewers, as appropriate. Criteria for judging proposals may include mission relevance, technical merit, and the quality and appropriateness of the personnel, project management, logistics plan, safety management, permits and interagency coordination, budget/matching funds, and where appropriate, minimizing of impacts. Notification of an award is issued. It is anticipated that five applicants will be received and five cooperative agreement awards will be made in FY 2014.

Deadlines: Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: From 90 - 270 days.

Appeals: Not Applicable.

Renewals: Renewals can be made through submission and approval of a project agreement amendment.

Program Contact Information

Keely Hite
Environmental Protection Specialist

Additional Information

Length of ProgramCooperative agreements will normally be awarded for 1 to 5 years, with funding awarded as a lump sum, or added incrementally as funds become available. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes. Tribes compete with State agencies and public universities. More than one institution may collaborate in the preparation of an application for assistance.
Type of Assistance ProvidedCooperative Agreement
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo

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