Program Description

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) provides major economic and energy benefits on a national and local level to the taxpayers, states and the American Indian community. The BOEM oversees the exploration and development of oil, natural gas and other minerals and renewable energy alternatives on the nations outer continental shelf. BOEM continues to look for better ways to serve the American people and to ensure that the Nation receives the best value for its resources now and into the future. The program not only supports decisions made within the Department of Interior, but also provides coastal States and local governments with the information necessary to ensure that all stages of offshore energy and mineral activities are conducted in a manner to protect both the human and natural environments. The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) Section 1346 mandates the conduct of environmental and socioeconomic studies needed for the assessment and management of environmental impacts on the human, marine, and coastal environments which may be affected by oil and gas or other mineral development. OCSLA Section 1345 authorizes the use of cooperative agreements with affected States to meet the requirements of OCSLA, including sharing of 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 purpose of the Environmental Studies Program is to obtain the information needed for the assessment and the management of environmental impacts; to predict impacts on marine biota; and to monitor the human, marine, and coastal environments to provide time series and data trend information.

The assistance can be used to conduct environmental research to satisfy the information needs associated with oil and gas, alternate energy and marine mineral development on the outer continental shelf. Applications must be for scientific research projects which are within the BOEM' area of responsibility. The majority of funds are used to support research that will enhance understanding of long-term effects of oil and gas, marine minerals and alternate energy development projects. Funds can also be used for attendance at national conferences for the dissemination of project results. Funds are not normally used for capitalization.

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.

Credentials/Documentation:
Evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed research including past professional publications, resumes, and lists of past projects. 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. Applicants should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in their State to find out if the State has selected this program for review and for information on the process the State requires when applying for Federal assistance. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures:
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants shall post their applications on grants.gov. The standard SF-424 application forms required by OMB Circular A-102, 2 CFR Part 215.12, and the Department of the Interior Code of Federal Regulations at 43 CFR Part 12, Subparts C and F, or its revisions, must be used.

Award Procedure:
Awards are made on the basis of a competitive peer review of proposals by a panel consisting of government research managers and external reviewers, as appropriate. Criteria for judging proposals 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, minimization of impacts. Notification of an award is issued. It is anticipated that five applications will be received and five new cooperative agreement awards will be granted 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.

Program Contact Information

Keely Hite
Environmental Protection Specialist
keely.hite@boem.gov
703-787-1003

Additional Information

Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Length of ProgramCooperative agreements will normally be awarded for 1 to 5 years, with funding awarded as a lump sum, or added as funds become available. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes. Tribes compete with state agencies and public universities.

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