Marine Gas Hydrate Research Activities


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 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 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 BOEM Resource Evaluation Division maintains an interest in understanding the distribution and characterization of gas hydrate on the OCS, particularly as it relates to an assessment of gas hydrate accumulations as a potential energy resource.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
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 funding. The last financial award was made in FY 10, for the purpose of continuing technological development and establishment of a monitoring station/sea-floor observatory to monitor and investigate the hydrocarbon system within the hydrate stability zone of the Northern Gulf of Mexico.
Fiscal Year 2017 No information available
Fiscal Year 2018 No Information available
Fiscal Year 2019 The last financial award was made in FY 17, for the purpose of acquiring controlled source electromagnetic data to help illustrate the methane hydrate resistivity profile in the Green Canyon 955 area of the Northern Gulf of Mexico.
Fiscal Year 2020 No Information available
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act, 43 U.S.C. 1331, Gas Hydrates Research Act and the Marine Minerals Research Act.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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
Research scientists, Federal, State and local decision-makers, Native American organizations, and the general public will ultimately benefit from the program; also including organizations participating in the project, as well as the general public.
Evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed research including submission of proposals that describe the proposed activities, identify methods for accomplishing the activities, and/or describe the process for ensuring that qualified personnel are used to conduct the activities; past performance and professional publications, resumes, and lists of past projects must be provided. Technical Proposals are submitted to the BOEM which furnish evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed research.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Proposals must include a full statement of work, estimated budget, and resumes. Applicants shall post their applications on
Award Procedure
An internal BOEM review of the proposals is conducted including convening a panel consisting of government research managers and external reviewers, as appropriate, to review and make final decision on the funding for the project. A notification of a cooperative agreement award is issued.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 - 270 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Panels of BOEM, and non-BOEM researchers (government, public and private sector as appropriate), review and evaluate proposals. Criteria for judging proposals may 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 funds must be used for gas hydrate research activities in the OCS, specifically for characterization of the geological and geophysical components of gas hydrate as they relate to as assessment of in-place gas hydrate resource.
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. Matching Requirements: The BOEM Gas Hydrates Research Program encourages matched contributions from other interested Federal agencies.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Cooperative agreements will normally be awarded in 12 month budget periods, with funding subject to be awarded incrementally, subject to 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
BOEM New Orleans Office, GOM OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70123-2394.
Headquarters Office
Matthew Frye
BOEM Resource Evaluation Division, 45600
Sterling, VA 20165 US
Phone: (703) 787-1514
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 Estimate Not Available FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$95,000.00; FY 16$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$0 to $100,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Regulations include the OCS Lands Act, Gas Hydrates Research Act, and the Marine Minerals Research Act (1996).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No funding No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2017 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2019 FY 2017 – Cooperative Agreement awarded to Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, for the purpose of acquiring controlled source electromagnetic data to help illustrate the methane hydrate resistivity profile in the Green Canyon 955 area of the Northern Gulf of Mexico.
Fiscal Year 2020 No Current Data Available.


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