Science and Technology Projects Related to Coal Mining and Reclamation

 

The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) Science and Technical Studies Cooperative Agreement Program supports three separate but related efforts: (1) Applied Science projects that develop and demonstrate improved technologies to address public safety and environmental issues related to coal mining and reclamation of abandoned mined lands and polluted waters(Technical Studies including Applied Science projects). (2) Underground Mine Map projects that collect, preserve, and convert maps of underground coal mines into digital format. The maps provide valuable information for protecting the public, assessing mine safety, evaluating mine pools, and investigating mine subsidence. The information is georeferenced using the geographic information system (GIS) that is accessible by all Federal, state, and Indian tribe agencies for assessing impacts of coal mining and reclamation on people and the environment. This data conversion effort seeks to modernize existing legacy databases by using updated database software and/or providing hardware and programming assistance to states and Indian tribes to facilitate their transition to managing and using data through various digital platforms.. (3) Mine Drainage Technology Initiative (MDTI) (formally known as Acid Drainage Technology Initiative) projects provides a forum for collaboration and information exchange with the following goals: a) Develop an understanding of acidic and toxic mine drainage so as to better predict, monitor, and remediate acidic and toxic mine drainage; b) Develop innovative solutions to acidic and toxic mine drainage water-quality problems: c) Identify, evaluate, and develop ?best science? practices to predict mine drainage prior to mining; and d) Identify successful remediation practices for existing sources of acidic and toxic mine drainage and describe the best technology for MD prevention.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.255
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 OSMRE is currently funding two projects under the Acid Mine Drainage Technology Initiative (currently known as Mine Drainage Technology Initiative). Projects consist of a study to better understand the selenium sorption in coal mine drainage and a study investigating the effects of conductivity on a suite of stream organism found in coal mining regions. The program anticipated to issue 26 additional awards based on funding appropriations and availability. OSMRE is currently funding one projects under the Acid Mine Drainage Technology Initiative (currently known as Mine Drainage Technology Initiative). Projects consist of a study investigating the effects of conductivity on a suite of stream organism found in coal mining regions. Applied Science: In FY17 OSMRE is funding approximately 19 project under the Applied Science Program.
Fiscal Year 2018 Applied Science: In FY 18, OSMRE continued funding 20 projects that were awarded in FY 16 and FY 17. Underground Mine Mapping: In FY 18, OSMRE does not anticipate any awards to be issued, due to lack of appropriations. Mine Drainage Technology Imitative: In FY 18, OSMRE received 8 application and funded one project under the Mine Drainage Technology Initiative.
Fiscal Year 2019 Applied Science: No Applied Science projects were awarded in FY 19, due to a lack of funds. Underground Mine Mapping: In FY 19, OSMRE does not anticipate any awards to be issued, due to lack of appropriations. Mine Drainage Technology Imitative: In FY 19, OSMRE anticipates receiving 10 applications and issuing 1 award.
Fiscal Year 2020 Applied Science: In FY 20, OSMRE anticipates receiving 20 applications and issuing 6 awards, if funds are available. Underground Mine Mapping: In FY 20, OSMRE does not anticipate any awards to be issued, due to lack of appropriations. Mine Drainage Technology Imitative: In FY 20, OSMRE anticipates receiving approximately 10 applications and issuing 1 award.
Authorization
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (Public Law 95-87) as amended, Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act of 1977 (Public Law 95-224)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applied Science Projects: Recipients may be any of the following: public, private, or non-profit entities; Federal, state, local or tribal governments; and colleges and universities located in the United States. Underground Mine Map Projects: Recipients may be any state or Indian tribe where coal mining or reclamation activities authorized under SMCRA are occurring. Mine Drainage Technology Initiative Projects: Recipients may be any of the following: public, private, or non-profit entities; Federal, State, local or Tribal governments; and colleges and universities located in the United States.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Communities impacted by coal mining and reclamation of the land after mining.
Credentials/Documentation
NONE
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. Application should be submitted in response to a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) posted on Grant.gov. Applications must be submitted in accordance with the program objectives utilizing the SF-424 series or other forms prescribed in the NOFO by the application deadline.
Award Procedure
o Applications must be submitted through grant.gov in response to a NOFO. Application receive by the deadline will be reviewed to determine whether they are eligible, complete, and responsive and aligned with the respective program objectives and research grant areas as described in the Program Description o Applications determined to be ineligible, incomplete, and/or non-responsive based on the initial screening will be eliminated from further review. o Applications that are determined to be eligible, complete, and responsive will proceed for full merit reviews in accordance with the review and selection processes set forth below for each of the respective programs. o At least three objective reviewers, knowledgeable in the subject matter of this NOFO and its objectives, will evaluate each application based on the evaluation criteria o Each reviewer will assign individual scores to each criterion for each application. o The scores provided by each reviewer for each application will then be combined to form a composite score for each application, which serves as the basis for the relative ordering or ranking of applications. o OSMRE may select some, all, or none of the applications, or part(s) of any particular application. o The OSMRE Field Directors or his/her designee approves financial assistance award funded at Regional or Local Office. The MDTI cooperative agreement is funded at the Headquarter level and is approved by the Chief of Regulatory Support.
Deadlines
YES, See the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on Grants.gov, for the application submission deadline. The application deadline will be 60 day from the initial posting date on Grants.gov.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. The application deadline will be 60 day from the initial posting date on Grants.gov.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Renewals are not applicable; Each recipient grantee may apply for non-funded extensions of time as necessary to complete the project up to one year.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria used to evaluate and select proposal will be based on an objective merit review, program policy factors, provisions of appropriation laws, reports, and as otherwise specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.
How may assistance be used?
Projects must focus on issues related to coal mining in the United States. Project funding will be limited to the amount of the initial OSMRE award, no additional funding will be provided by OSMRE throughout the project. Projects that are long term in nature or larger in scope than what can be accomplished with funds available the prescribed fiscal year, must be described in such a manner to allow OSMRE to identify a severable portion of the project with specific measurable accomplishments.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Cooperative Agreement requires substantial involvement in the scope of work and are subject to performance monitoring.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or passthrough entity in the case of a subrecipient, except as noted in 2 CFR Part 200.333.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The grants and cooperative agreements may have a performance period of up to two years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Mike Richardson, Physical Scientist Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Charleston Field Office Phone: 304-347-7162 x 3010 Email: mrichardson@osmre.gov
Headquarters Office
Yolande J.C. Norman, Chief
Department of Interior
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation & Enforcement
1849 C Street NW
Main Interior Building, Room 4545
Washington, DC 20240 US
ynorman@osmre.gov
Phone: 2022082868

Paul Ehret
Acting Chief, Division of Regulatory Support
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
1849 C Street NW
Mail Stop 4550
Washington, DC 20240 USA
pehret@osmre.gov
Phone: 202-208-2895
Website Address
http://www.osmre.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-5015-0-2-999
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$200,000.00; FY 19 est $200,000.00; FY 20 est $400,000.00; FY 17$0.00; - Obligations: FY 2018 $200,000; FY 2019 $200,000, FY 2020 est. $400,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Award amounts ranges from $116K to $200K.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, Public Law 95-87; as amended; and informal agency guidelines titled "Federal Assistance Manual."
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 Program anticipates funding projects that will address critical challenges in energy production by investing in applied science projects, or studies, that would advance technologies and practices specific to coal mined sites for more comprehensive ecosystem restoration, including reforestation and reclamation for the protection and enhancement/recovery of threatened and endangered bat species, and mapping and hydrologic assessment of flooded/flooding abandoned underground mines. The Applied Science program funded a study to develop low-cost green technologies to remediate and restore acid mine drainage (AMD) and impacted soil. The Acid Mine Drainage Technology Initiative conduct studies to better understand the selenium sorption in coal mine drainage. The Program have been fund projects that addressed critical challenges in coal production by investing in applied science projects, or studies, that advance technologies and practices specific to coal mined sites for more comprehensive ecosystem restoration. These project included reforestation and reclamation for the protection and enhancement/recovery of threatened and endangered bat species, and mapping and hydrologic assessment of flooded/flooding abandoned underground mines.
Fiscal Year 2018 The Applied Science program funded a study to develop low-cost green technologies to remediate and restore acid mine drainage (AMD) and impacted soil. The Mine Drainage Technology Initiative have conduct several studies to better understand the selenium sorption in coal mine drainage, a study investigating the effects of conductivity on a suite of stream organism found in coal mining regions, and a study evaluating the use of recycled concrete aggregate fines, non-cementitious high carbon fly ash, and excess aggregate quarry fines to treat acid mine drainage from coal mines. The Applied Science Program have been fund projects that addressed critical challenges in coal production by investing in applied science projects, or studies, that advance technologies and practices specific to coal mined sites for more comprehensive ecosystem restoration. These project included reforestation and reclamation for the protection and enhancement/recovery of threatened and endangered bat species, and mapping and hydrologic assessment of flooded/flooding abandoned underground mines.
Fiscal Year 2019 No information available.
Fiscal Year 2020 No information available.

 


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