Program Description

To characterize and monitor gas hydrate deposits and environmental conditions on OCS Block Mississippi Canyon 118 (MC-118) in the Gulf of Mexico.

The funds must be used for gas hydrate research activities in the OCS of the Gulf of Mexico, specifically for a permanent gas hydrates monitoring station in Block MC-118. The cooperative agreements are awarded to the Center for Marine Resources and Environmental Technology (CMRET) and the Gulf of Mexico Gas Hydrates Research Consortium (GOMGHRC), based at the University of Mississippi.

General Program Requirements

Applicant Eligibility:
Proposals are received from the CMRET (and qualified subcontractors through CMRET) for research and scientific sensory equipment for the monitoring station. Applicants must have expertise in marine gas hydrates.

Beneficiary Eligibility:
Organizations participating in the project, as well as the general public.

Technical Proposals are submitted to the BOEM which furnish evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed research. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

Preapplication Coordination:
Applicants attended workshops and general meetings of the Gulf of Mexico Gas Hydrates Research Consortium held by the CMRET at the University of Mississippi. Research requirements are developed at these meetings for the upcoming year. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedures:
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. This program is subject to the Department of the Interior regulations at 43 CFR Part 12, Subparts C and D, or any subsequent revisions. The standard SF-424 application forms must be used for this program. Applicants will be asked to submit their proposals electronically through

Award Procedure:
An internal BOEM review of the proposals is conducted including convening a panel to discuss the proposals and making the final decision on the funding for the project. A notification of a cooperative agreement award is issued so the project can begin.

Jun 02, 2014 The first Monday of June of each year, as long as the BOEM has received specific funding for this program.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:
90 days.

Not Applicable.

Projects that were approved and funded during the previous fiscal year may be submitted as renewals for subsequent years.

Program Contact Information

Keely Hite
Environmental Protection Specialist

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 in 12-month budget periods. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Information not available.
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes

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