PHMSA Pipeline Safety Research and Development “Other Transaction Agreements”

 

To sponsor research and development projects focused on providing near-term solutions that will improve the safety, reduce environmental impact, and enhance the reliability of the Nation?s pipeline transportation system.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.723
Federal Agency/Office
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 TBD Program made three new awards addressing the further development of robotic inspection solutions capable of inspecting natural gas pipelines that are not piggable by traditional technology. The program also entered into two cooperative agreements. One with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement where a project developing inspection criteria for offshore risers was co-funded and one with the National Institute of Standards and Technology that is investigating the characterization of modern high toughness steels for fracture propagation and arrest assessment. All projects have a public page for more information and are sortable by FY via https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/matrix/ .
Fiscal Year 2017 PHMSA and the pipeline industry recognize the role of research in removing mutual challenges and, since 2002, have coordinated and collaborated on more than 270 projects and invested approximately $109M of PHMSA funding, plus $100M worth of shared resources.
Fiscal Year 2018 Funded a number of projects in the areas of Anomaly Detection/Characterization, Leak Detection, Liquefied Natural Gas, Threat Prevention, Underground Natural Gas Storage.
Authorization
Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002, Public Law 107-355, 49 U.S.C. 60101
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Universities and other academic institutions, individual, profit organization, nonprofit organization, State (includes D.C.), U.S. Territories and possessions, Indian tribes, local government, other entities are eligible to apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Anyone/general public can receive benefits from the eligible applicant.
Credentials/Documentation
Prior to submission of a White Paper each applicant must first complete (electronically) a registration form the location of which will be stated in the PHMSA Research Announcement (PRA).
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. Yes, if the awardee is a state or local government.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
In response to a PHMSA Research Announcement (PRA) applicants submit White Papers which are evaluated against specific evaluation criteria identified in the PRA. Those deemed worthy of further consideration are notified, and provided detailed guidelines for submitting a full proposal. Full proposals that are not determined as inherently governmental research must include cost sharing of at least 30%. Full proposals that are determined as inherently governmental research are fully funded and no cost share is required. If selected for award an "Other Transaction Agreement" (OTA) is awarded by PHMSA. Section 32 (f) of The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 signed into law in January 2012 (PUBLIC LAW 112-90-JAN. 3, 2012) amends Section 12 of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 (49 U.S.C. 60101 note) by adding subsection d including 12(d)(3)( C) FUNDING FROM NON-FEDERAL SOURCES. The Secretary shall ensure at least 30 percent of the costs of program-wide research and development activities are carried out using non-Federal sources.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
30-45 days for review of White Papers. 30-45 days for review of proposals (if requested).
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Specific evaluation criteria, for each PHMSA Research Announcement, is located in the announcement document.
How may assistance be used?
This research program is used for: fostering the development of new technologies so that pipeline operators can improve safety performance and more effectively address regulatory requirements; targeting and feeding new knowledge into the process of keeping standards relevant to their purpose; and generating and promoting general knowledge to decision makers. For applications not working on inherently governmental research at least 30% cost sharing is required of awardees. For applications working on inherently governmental research no cost share is required. Section 32 (f) of The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 signed into law in January 2012 (PUBLIC LAW 112–90—JAN. 3, 2012) amends Section 12 of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 (49 U.S.C. 60101 note) by adding subsection d including 12(d)(3)( C) FUNDING FROM NON-FEDERAL SOURCES. The Secretary shall ensure at least 30 percent of the costs of program-wide research and development activities are carried out using non-Federal sources.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Peer Reviews are conducted on the project. They normally occur during the first quarter of each calendar year.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
Financial records are subject to Government examination or audit, and must be maintained for 3 years from the completion of the "Other Transaction Agreement."
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 49 Chapter 12 Part 60101 Public Law 112-90 49

Matching is mandatory. 30%. Cost sharing of at least 30% is required. Full proposals must include cost sharing of at least 30%. If selected for award an “Other Transaction Agreement” (OTA) is awarded by PHMSA. Section 32 (f) of The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 signed into law in January 2012 (PUBLIC LAW 112–90—JAN. 3, 2012) amends Section 12 of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 (49 U.S.C. 60101 note) by adding subsection d including 12(d)(3)( C) FUNDING FROM NON-FEDERAL SOURCES. The Secretary shall ensure at least 30 percent of the costs of program-wide research and development activities are carried out using non-Federal sources.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The term of an “Other Transaction Agreement” is normally between 1 and 3 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Robert Smith
U.S. DOT, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Office of Pipeline Safety,
1200 NJ Ave S.E..
Washington, DC 20590 US
robert.w.smith@dot.gov
Phone: 919-238-4759
Website Address
http://www.phmsa.dot.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-5172-0-2-407
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 18$10,029,765.00; FY 19 est $10,600,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$644,695.00; FY 16$2,381,849.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range of awards is $40,000 to $856,000. The average is $189,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
An in depth description of the PHMSA Pipeline Safety R&D Program can be found at http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/rd/. A listing of OTA awards can be found at: http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/matrix/.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Program made three new awards addressing the further development of robotic inspection solutions capable of inspecting natural gas pipelines that are not piggable by traditional technology. The program also entered into two cooperative agreements. One with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement where a project developing inspection criteria for offshore risers was co-funded and one with the National Institute of Standards and Technology that is investigating the characterization of modern high toughness steels for fracture propagation and arrest assessment. All projects have a public page for more information and are sortable by FY via https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/matrix/ .
Fiscal Year 2017 This program awards funding to eligible entities to stimulate research into new technologies and to promote commercialization of those technologies. This research focuses on the following topics: a. Threat Prevention; b. Leak Detection; c. Anomaly Detection/Characterization; d. Underground Natural Gas Storage; and e. Liquefied Natural Gas.