Alaska Coastal Marine Institute

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 Nations 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.

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 purpose of the Alaska Coastal Marine Institute is to use highly qualified scientific expertise at local levels to collect and disseminate environmental information needed for OCS oil and gas and marine minerals decisions; address local and regional OCS-related environmental and resource issues of mutual interest; and strengthen the BOEM-State partnership in addressing OCS oil and gas and marine minerals information needs.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Measuring Wave Forces along Alaska?s Coastal Sea Ice.

Fiscal Year 2017: Identifying Sources of Organic Matter to Benthic Organisms in the Beaufort and Chukchi Outer Continental Shelves.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data 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.

Heather Crowley, Telephone: 907-334-5281; Fax 907-334-5242; Email address:
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The Alaska CMI has 60 completed /ongoing funded studies since its inception in 1993 totalling approximately $20.5 million. All CMI funded projects require a one-to-one cost share with non- federal partners. Cost sharing ensures stakeholders are participating in the CMI research program. The following list of cost share partners demonstrates the breadth of support for CMI-funded programs: Alaska Department of Fish and Game; Alaska SeaLife Center; Arctic Supercomputing Center, UAF; Center for Global Change, UAF; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Geophysical Institute, UAF ;Institute of Northern Engineering, UAF; International Arctic Research Center, UAF; JAMSTEC ; Naval Research Laboratory; North Slope Borough; Oregon State University; Pacific Gyre; PenAir; School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UAF; Shell Alaska; and Teck Alaska. In addition to the completion of Annual Reports, peer review journal articles and reports have been completed. During the last two years, there have been student awards issued independently. Both the students and professors who receive CMI funding present their findings on an annual basis. Over the last several years this has occurred in coordination with the Alaska Marine Science Symposium. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Environmental Studies Program allocates up to $100,000 per year for cooperative research at the University of Alaska.

The University of Alaska invites proposals that are reviewed by a Technical Steering Committee including the University, State of Alaska, and BOEM, and funds individual awards.

Applications must be for scientific research projects which are within the BOEM' area of responsibility.

The majority of funds are used to support research that will enhance understanding of long-term effects of oil and gas, and marine minerals projects.

Funds can also be used for attendance at national conferences for the dissemination of project results.

Funds are not normally used for capitalization.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

University of Alaska may make application for support by a named principal investigator.

Non-UA scientists may participate in collaboration with a UA principal investigator.

Beneficiary Eligibility

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 past professional publications, resumes, and lists of past projects must be provided. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Limited discussions regarding funding availability and program interest are permitted.

Environmental Impact Statements are not required for these projects.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Letters of intent responding to particular information needs/areas will be requested. From these, selected full proposals will be invited for mission-relevant research likely to provide needed information for OCS oil and gas resource management decisions. Proposals must include a full statement of work, estimated budget, and resumes. 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, Subpart F, or its revisions, must be used.

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 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, outreach, budget/matching funds, and where appropriate, minimization of impacts. Notification of an award is issued. It is anticipated that 6 applications will be received and 6 awards will be granted in FY 2016, with a similar number anticipated for FY 2017.


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


43 U.S.C. 1345 (e); 43 U.S.C. 1346 Section 20.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 150 to 360 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Recipients share costs on a one-dollar-for-one-dollar contribution across the program. In any fiscal year, the collective CMI match commitment must equal or exceed BOEM contributions. On rare occasions exceptions may be considered. 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 incrementally as funds become available, with approximately 15% to be provided in the final year of performance. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Information not available.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly progress reports and an annual report on the progress of the project funded under the cooperative agreement and presentations at a publicly held meeting as directed by BOEM are required.

A draft final, proof copy, and final report; draft and final technical summary; articles based on the research published in journals, and presentation slides are required for each award.

Dissemination of the research results conducted under the CMI at professional society meetings and symposia is encouraged.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Annual and final Federal Financial Reports using OMB Standard Form SF-425 are 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 16 $1,059,000; FY 17 est $684,800; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range is $12,000 to $360,000; Average $170,000.

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 Program Information System (ESPIS) at:

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Heather Crowley, Telephone: 907-334-5281; Fax 907-334-5242; Email address:

Headquarters Office

Rodney Cluck Division of Environmental Sciences, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 381 Elden Street, HM 3115, Herndon, Virginia 20170 Email: Phone: (703) 787-1087 Fax: (703) 787-1053

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.

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