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 Acid Drainage Technology Initiative) projects provides a forum for collaboration and information exchange with the following goals: a) Develop an understanding of mine drainage so as to better predict, monitor, and remediate mine drainage; b) Develop innovative solutions to 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 mine drainage and describe the best technology for MD prevention.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: 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: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

Fiscal Year 2019: No information available.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Mike Richardson, Physical Scientist Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Charleston Field Office Phone: 304-347-7162 x 3010 Email:
Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
West Virginia University Research Corporation $ 196,164   2015-06-012019-05-31
Ohio University $ 196,519   2016-10-012019-03-31
Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University $ 154,549   2016-07-012018-06-30
Natural Resources, Utah Department Of $ 49,967   2016-09-302017-11-01
Texas Railroad Comm $ 115,200   2011-09-012013-08-31
Washington State University $ 200,000   2009-06-012011-08-31
West Virginia Office Of Miner's Health, Safet $ 50,000   2009-08-052011-08-04
North Dakota Public Service Commission $ 14,887   2008-09-012011-05-02
Natural Resources, Utah Dept Of $ 0   2007-09-282010-09-30
Miners' Health, Safety, And Training $ 60,000   2008-09-012010-08-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: 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: The program anticipated to issue awards based on funding appropriations and availability. Fiscal Year 2019: The program anticipates to issue awards appropriations and funding availability.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Projects must focus on issues related to coal mining in the United States.

Eligibility Requirements

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.


NONE. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

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 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 Procedures

? Applications must be submitted through 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 ? Applications determined to be ineligible, incomplete, and/or non-responsive based on the initial screening will be eliminated from further review. ? 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. ? 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 ? Each reviewer will assign individual scores to each criterion for each application. ? 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. ? OSMRE may select some, all, or none of the applications, or part(s) of any particular application. ? The OSMRE Field Directors or his/her designee approves and awards cooperative agreements for this program.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


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).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. The application deadline will be 60 day from the initial posting date on


Not Applicable.


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.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: No; This program has no statutory formula and no mandatory cost share or matching requirements. Cost sharing or a Federal match is not required or mandated for participation in this program. However, OSMRE encourages that other funding sources be leveraged and this information should be accompanied by a letter on official letterhead from the manager of the program committing these funds and acknowledging such commitment. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

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 sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Programmatic reports and Financial reports are required on a quarterly bases.

Report should be received 30 day after the end of the end of the quarter.

Cash reports are not applicable.


Financial (SF-425 and SF 425A) and programmatic reports are required.

Cooperative Agreement requires substantial involvement in the scope of work and are subject to performance monitoring.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 17 $0; FY 18 est $0; and FY 19 est $0 - Obligations: PY 2017 $0; CY 2018 est. $0 budgeted; and BY 2019 est. $0 budgeted.

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.'

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Mike Richardson, Physical Scientist Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Charleston Field Office Phone: 304-347-7162 x 3010 Email:

Headquarters Office

Harry J. Payne Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 1849 C Street NW Mail Stop 4550, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Email: Phone: (202) 208-2895 Fax: (202) 219-0239.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.

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