Alaska Native Science and Engineering


The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) program provides major economic and energy benefits on a national and local level to the taxpayers and states. The Agency oversees the exploration and development of oil, natural gas and other materials and renewable energy alternatives on the Nation's outer continental shelf. BSEE continues to look for better ways to serve the American people and to ensure that the Nation receives the best oversight and regulation of National resource development 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. Through this cooperative agreement, training and learning opportunities will be provided to young people in order to develop the next generation of lifelong conservation stewards and protect, restore, and enhance America?s Great Outdoors. Specifically, this cooperative agreement will give young people the opportunity to learn about the importance of the BSEE mission to promote safety, protect the environment and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement while exploring future career options with BSEE. The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) are designated as tax exempt under the IRS for Institutions of Higher Education. ANSEP moves Native American and Alaskan Native students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics degree programs, and fosters a stronger Indigenous American representation within the science workforce of BSEE. Established in 1995, ANSEP has evolved into a longitudinal education model that provides a continuous string of components beginning with students in sixth grade and continuing on through high school, into science and engineering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through PhD. ANSEP has received numerous recognitions for successfully preparing students for professional science and engineering careers including the U.S. Department of Energy?s Minorities in Energy Initiative, the U.S. Department of the Interior Partners in Conservation Award, and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard University-Top 25 Innovations in Government. ANSEP, through this cooperative agreement, provides an opportunity to further engage Alaska?s Native professionals, and develop the future scientific and engineering employment pool required to support the BSEE mission. The overall objective is to expand the professional science employment preparedness of ANSEP students and to develop a more diversified pool of highly educated professionals with the BSEE workforce to reflect the rich diversity of the Nation.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2019 BSEE Alaska OCS Regional office has hired 5 interns since 2016 to the spring of 2019. All interns have moved on to higher positions elsewhere based on their experiences gained at BSEE. The Alaska Region is currently waiting for the 2019 – 2020 UAA ANSEP academic year to begin to re-advertise and hire 2 more interns through 2020. BSEE Alaska region considers the program successful, as we are able to expose a number of students to Federal and agency employment opportunities.
Fiscal Year 2020 No information available.
Public Lands Corps Act (PLCA), 16 U.S.C. 1723(c)(1)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Beneficiary Eligibility
Research scientists, Federal, State and local decision-makers, the youth participants, BSEE, and the general public will ultimately benefit from the program.
Documentation that ANSEP is a "qualified youth or conservation corp" pursuant to 16 U.S.C. SS 1722(10). Documentation that ANSEP is able to provide eligible youth participants pursuant to 16 U.S.C. SS 1723(b).
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.
Award Procedure
All youth participants must be between the ages of 16 and 25 and satisfy the criteria specified in section 12591(b) of title 42, as required by 16 U.S.C. SS 1723(b). Youth participant selection will be made on the basis of; participation in ANSEP, enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an engineering degree or certificate program at a qualifying educational institution, be in good academic standing (at least a 2.0 GPA), and enrolled in or have completed at least one engineering course. It is anticipated that two applications will be received and up to two applicants will be selected in FY 2016 through FY 2020.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Not applicable.
Projects that were approved and funded during the previous fiscal year may be submitted as renewals for subsequent years unless otherwise stated in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).
How are proposals selected?
Applicants will be evaluated by a panel of BSEE Regional leadership and management to ensure compliance with minimum position requirements. Criteria for judging applicants include BSEE mission needs, applicant's academic merit, and communication skills. Additional evaluation criteria maybe posted in a specific Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) on
How may assistance be used?
Recipient of the assistance is the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP), and the assistance must be used to provide work and training opportunities to young people between the ages of 16 and 25 working on appropriate conservation projects associated with oil and gas, renewable energy and marine mineral development on the Alaskan outer continental shelf within the BSEE area of responsibility. The majority of funds will be used to support conservation projects that will enhance the understanding of exploration and production techniques to enhance safe operations and oil-spill prevention and cleanup from oil and gas, and marine minerals. The young participants will receive classroom and on-the-job training in oil and gas operational safety and environmental conservation requirements through selected training seminars, meetings, or other organizational activities. The purpose of the training will be to provide experience in the practical application of basic petroleum engineering principles, techniques, and concepts. Funds will not be used for capitalization.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
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. Cost sharing of 1:1 is encouraged; services in kind are encouraged.

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 as a lump sum, or added as funds become available. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Jack Lorrigan, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 400, AE 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503, , 907-334-5357
Headquarters Office
Eric Turner
45600 Woodlawn Road, HE 2126
Sterling, VA 20166 US
Phone: 703-787-1630
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$50,000.00; FY 19 est $50,000.00; FY 20 est $50,000.00; FY 17$50,000.00; FY 16$50,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $50,000 to $250,000; Average $300,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
16 U.S.C. 1721 et seq; 43 U.S.C. 1331(a); 43 U.S.C. 1345(e); 43 U.S.C. 1346 Sec 20; 209 DM 7; 219 DM 1 The Offshore Regulatory Programs are described in 30 CFR 250, Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf. Final reports are available online in the BSEE website at:
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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