Alaska Coastal Marine Institute

 

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 Nation?s 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 the 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. 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 Alaska Coastal Marine Institute (CMI) program is to use highly qualified scientific expertise at local levels to collect and disseminate environmental information needed for OCS oil and gas and marine minerals decisions; address local and regional OCS-related environmental and resource issues of mutual interest; and strengthen the BOEM-State partnership in addressing OCS oil and gas and marine minerals information needs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.421
Federal Agency/Office
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No Current Data Available. The Alaska CMI has 60 completed /ongoing funded studies since its inception in 1993 totalling approximately $20.5 million. All CMI funded projects require a one-to-one cost share with non- federal partners. Cost sharing ensures stakeholders are participating in the CMI research program. The following list of cost share partners demonstrates the breadth of support for CMI-funded programs: Alaska Department of Fish and Game; Alaska SeaLife Center; Arctic Supercomputing Center, UAF; Center for Global Change, UAF; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Geophysical Institute, UAF ;Institute of Northern Engineering, UAF; International Arctic Research Center, UAF; JAMSTEC ; Naval Research Laboratory; North Slope Borough; Oregon State University; Pacific Gyre; PenAir; School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UAF; Shell Alaska; and Teck Alaska. In addition to the completion of Annual Reports, peer review journal articles and reports have been completed. During the last two years, there have been student awards issued independently. Both the students and professors who receive CMI funding present their findings on an annual basis. Over the last several years this has occurred in coordination with the Alaska Marine Science Symposium.
Fiscal Year 2017 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2018 The Alaska CMI has 98 completed /ongoing funded studies since its inception in 1993, totaling approximately $20 million of projects. All CMI funded projects require a one-to-one cost share with non- federal partners. Cost sharing ensures stakeholders are participating in the CMI research program. The following list of cost share partners demonstrates the breadth of support for CMI-funded programs: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation; Alaska SeaLife Center; the Arctic University of Norway; College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UAF; International Arctic Research Center, UAF; Rasmuson Library, UAF; Bigelow Laboratories; North Slope Borough; Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustees Council; Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council; Pacific Gyre; Naidu Consulting; The Anchorage Museum; Oil Spill Response Institute; and the Wildlife Conservation Society. In addition to the completion of Annual Reports, peer review journal articles and reports have been completed. During the last two years, there have been student awards issued independently. Both the students and professors who receive CMI funding present their findings on an annual basis. Over the last several years, this has occurred in coordination with the Alaska Marine Science Symposium.
Fiscal Year 2019 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2020 No Current Data Available.
Authorization
43 U.S.C. 1345 (e); 43 U.S.C. 1346 Section 20.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
University of Alaska may make application for support by a named principal investigator. Non-UA scientists may participate in collaboration with a UA principal investigator.
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 must be provided.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Limited discussions regarding funding availability and program interest are permitted. Environmental Impact Statements are not required for these projects.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Letters of intent responding to particular information needs/areas will be requested. From these, selected full proposals will be invited for mission-relevant research likely to provide needed information for OCS oil and gas resource management decisions. Proposals must include a full statement of work, estimated budget, and resumes. Applicants shall post their applications on Grants.gov. The standard SF-424 application forms required by 2 CFR Part 215.12, and the Department of the Interior Code of Federal Regulations at 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, or its revisions, must be used.
Award Procedure
Awards are made based on a competitive peer review of proposals by a panel consisting of government scientists and research managers, and external reviewers, as appropriate. Criteria for judging proposals include mission relevance, technical merit, and the quality and appropriateness of the personnel including past performance and publication record, 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 twenty applications will be received and five awards will be granted in FY 2019.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 180 to 270 days.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Panels of BOEM and non-BOEM scientists (government, public, and private sector as appropriate), review and evaluate proposals. Criteria for judging proposals include mission relevance, technical merit, and the quality and appropriateness of the personnel including past performance and publication record, project management, logistics plan, safety management, permits, and interagency coordination, budget/matching funds, and where appropriate, minimization of impacts.
How may assistance be used?
The Environmental Studies Program allocates up to $1,000,000 per year for cooperative research through the AK CMI program, subject to the availability of funds. The University of Alaska (UK) invites proposals that are reviewed by a Technical Steering Committee including the University, State of Alaska, and BOEM to fund individual awards. Applications must be for scientific research projects, which are within the BOEM's 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 renewable energy projects. Funds can also be used for attendance at national conferences for the dissemination of project results. Funds are not normally used for capitalization.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
All records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the final financial report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. Recipients share costs on a one-dollar-for-one-dollar contribution across the program. In any fiscal year, the collective CMI match commitment must equal or exceed BOEM contributions. On rare occasions exceptions may be considered.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Cooperative agreements will normally be awarded for 1 to 5 years, with funding awarded incrementally as availability of funds, with approximately 15 percent to be provided in the final year of performance. Information not available.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Heather Crowley, Telephone: 907-334-5281; Fax 907-334-5242; Email address: heather.crowley@boem.gov
Headquarters Office
Rodney Cluck
Division of Environmental Sciences, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 381 Elden Street, HM 3115
Herndon, VA 20170 US
rodney.cluck@boem.gov
Phone: (703) 787-1087
Fax: (703) 787-1053
Website Address
http://www.boem.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1917-0-1-302
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18 Estimate Not Available FY 19 est $1,000,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$684,800.00; FY 16$1,059,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $45,000 to $399,000; Average $186,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Environmental Studies Program is described in 30 CFR Chapter II Subchapter B Subpart M Studies. Final Reports are available online in the BOEM Environmental Studies Program Information System (ESPIS) at: http://www.boem.gov/Environmental-Studies-EnvData/.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No Current Data Available. Measuring Wave Forces along Alaska’s Coastal Sea Ice.
Fiscal Year 2017 Identifying Sources of Organic Matter to Benthic Organisms in the Beaufort and Chukchi Outer Continental Shelves.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2019 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2020 No Current Data Available.

 


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