Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Renewable Energy

The Renewable Energy Program oversees the leasing of areas on the outer continental shelf for development of renewable energy facilities.

The program not only supports decisions made within the Department of the Interior, but also provides coastal states and local governments with the information

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necessary to ensure that all stages of offshore renewable energy projects 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 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.

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.

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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2019: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The assistance can be used to acquire information to satisfy the information needs associated with leasing and plan review for renewable energy development on the outer continental shelf.

Applications must be for projects which are within BOEM's area of responsibility.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State agencies and public universities may apply.

More than one institution may collaborate in the preparation of an application for assistance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Research scientists, Federal, state and local decision makers, Native American Organizations, and the general public will ultimately benefit from the program.


Proposals must furnish evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed project. This includes 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. The regulations at 2 CFR 220 Cost Principles for Educational Institutions (OMB Circular A-21) and 2 CFR 225 Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments (OMB Circular No. A-87) apply to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Limited discussions regarding funding availability and program interest are permitted.

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. The regulations under 43 CFR Part 12 apply to this program. Applicants are required to post their applications on www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

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 may 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 three applications will be received and three cooperative agreement awards will be made in FY 2016.


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


43 U.S.C. 1337; 43 U.S.C. 1345 (e); 43 U.S.C. 1346.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 - 270 days.


Not Applicable.


Renewals can be made through submission and approval of a project agreement amendment.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Cost sharing of 1:1 is encouraged. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Cooperative agreements will normally be awarded for 1 to 5 years, with funding awarded as a lump sum, or added incrementally as funds become available. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Quarterly progress reports; draft and final report; draft and final technical summary; data must be made publicly available.

Progress reporting requirements are met through the quarterly progress report.

Annual financial reports and a final report using the Federal Financial Report SF-425 are also required.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


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.


All records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the final financial report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 17 $0; FY 18 est $0; and FY 19 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range is $100,000 to $1,000,000; Average $500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Information about plan requirements can be found in 30 CFR Part 585.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Mary Boatman 381 Elden Street, HM 3115, Herndon, Virginia 20170 Email: mary.boatman@boem.gov Phone: (703) 787-1662 Fax: (703) 787-1708

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Panels of BOEM, and non-BOEM scientist (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.

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