Not For Profit
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 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 Delegations 218 DM 1 authorized, except as provided in 200 Departmental Manual (DM) 1, to exercise the program authority of the Assistant Secretary ? Land and Minerals Management with respect to leasing and authorizations for exploration, development, and production of conventional and renewable energy resources and marine mineral resources on the Continental Shelf, and all associated functions that relate thereto. The purpose of the Environmental Studies Program is to obtain the information needed for the assessment and the management of environmental impacts; to predict impacts on marine biota; and to monitor the human, marine, and coastal environments to provide time series and data trend information.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Under the Use of Cooperative Agreements authority (43 U.S.C. §1457b), to enter into cooperative agreements with a state or political subdivision (including any agency thereof), or any not-for-profit organization if: 1. the agreement will serve a mutual interest of the parties to the agreement in carrying out the programs administered by BOEM; and 2. all parties will contribute resources to the accomplishment of these objectives.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
State or political subdivision (including any agency thereof), or any not-for-profit organization. More than one institution may collaborate in the preparation of an application for assistance.
Research scientists, Federal, State and local decision-makers, Native American Organizations, and the general public will ultimately benefit from the program.
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 professional publications, resumes, and lists of past projects must be provided.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Limited discussions regarding funding availability and program interest are permitted. Applicants should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in their State to find out if the State has selected this program for review and for information on the process the State requires when applying for Federal assistance.
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 www.grants.gov. The standard SF-424 application forms required. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. 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 or its revisions, must be used.
Awards are made on the basis of a competitive peer review of proposals by a panel consisting of government research managers and external reviewers, as appropriate. Criteria for judging proposals include mission relevance, technical merit, and the quality and appropriateness of the personnel, 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 five applications will be received and two new cooperative agreement awards will be granted in FY 2017.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 - 270 days.
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 assistance can be used to conduct environmental research to satisfy the information needs associated with oil and gas, renewable energy and marine mineral development on the outer continental shelf. 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 development projects. Funds can also be used for attendance at national conferences for the dissemination of project results. Funds are not normally used for capitalization.
The assistance can be used to conduct public awareness related to environmental and cultural research within BOEM’s Environmental Research portfolio.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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. No statutory requirements. Cost sharing of 1:1 is 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 incrementally as subject to availability of funds, with approximately 15% to be provided in the final year of performance. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: information not available. Not available,
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 45600 Woodland Road,
Sterling, VA 20166 US
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$6,400,000.00; FY 19 Estimate Not Available FY 20 FY 17$5,742,696.00; FY 16$0.00; - New Program
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $25,000 to $100,000; Average $250,000.
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 Information System at: http://www.boem.gov/Environmental-Studies-EnvData/
Examples of Funded Projects