Louisiana State University (LSU) Coastal Marine Institute (CMI)

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 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 Louisiana State University Coastal Marine Institute (CMI) 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: Mass Wasting Processes and Products of the Mississippi Delta Front: Data Synthesis and Observation.

Fiscal Year 2017: Economic and Geomorphic Comparison of OCS Sand vs.

Nearshore Sand for Coastal Restoration Projects.

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.

Melanie Damour, Telephone: 504-736-2783; Fax: 504-736-2901; E-mail: Melanie.Damour@BOEM.gov.
Website Address

http://www.boem.gov




Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2017: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2018: No current data available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Environmental Studies Program allocates $1,000,000 annually for cooperative research via LSU.

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, marine minerals and alternate 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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

To apply for a research award, the recipient is asked to provide the name of the Principal Investigator.

If an applicant other than LSU wants to apply, they must do so in collaboration with an LSU research scientist.

Beneficiary Eligibility

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

Credentials/Documentation

Evidence of the applicants 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 information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

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. Applicants shall post their applications on Grants.gov. 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, budget/matching funds, and where appropriate, minimization of impacts. Notification of an award is issued. It is anticipated that twenty-four applications will be received and four awards will be granted in FY 2016.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 180 to 270 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Recipients share costs on a dollar-for-dollar contribution across the program. In any fiscal year, the collective LSU CMI match commitment must equal or exceed BOEM contributions. 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 as funds become available. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Information not available.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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 financial reports using the Federal Financial Report SF-425 are required.

Applicable.

Audits

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.

Records

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

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1917-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $913,809; FY 17 est $570,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range is $100,000 to $450,000; 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 Program Information System (ESPIS) at: http://www.boem.gov/Environmental-Studies-EnvData/.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Melanie Damour, Telephone: 504-736-2783; Fax: 504-736-2901; E-mail: Melanie.Damour@BOEM.gov.

Headquarters Office

Rodney Cluck Division of Environmental Sciences, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, Virginia 20166 Email: rodney.cluck@boem.gov 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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