Marine Gas Hydrate Research Activities

To characterize and monitor gas hydrate deposits and environmental conditions on OCS Block Mississippi Canyon 118 (MC-118) in the Gulf of Mexico.

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available.

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BOEM New Orleans Office, GOM OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70123-2394.
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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The last financial award was made in FY 10, for the purpose of continuing technological development and establishment of a monitoring station/sea-floor observatory to monitor and investigate the hydrocarbon system within the hydrate stability zone of the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Fiscal Year 2017: No information available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Information available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The funds must be used for gas hydrate research activities in the OCS of the Gulf of Mexico, specifically for a permanent gas hydrates monitoring station in Block MC-118.

The cooperative agreements are awarded to the Center for Marine Resources and Environmental Technology (CMRET) and the Gulf of Mexico Gas Hydrates Research Consortium (GOMGHRC), based at the University of Mississippi.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Proposals are received from the CMRET (and qualified subcontractors through CMRET) for research and scientific sensory equipment for the monitoring station.

Applicants must have expertise in marine gas hydrates.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Organizations participating in the project, as well as the general public.


Technical Proposals are submitted to the BOEM which furnish evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed research. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Applicants attended workshops and general meetings of the Gulf of Mexico Gas Hydrates Research Consortium held by the CMRET at the University of Mississippi.

Research requirements are developed at these meetings for the upcoming year.

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. Proposals must include a full statement of work, estimated budget, and resumes. Applicants shall post their applications on

Award Procedures

An internal BOEM review of the proposals is conducted including convening a panel to discuss the proposals and making the final decision on the funding for the project. A notification of a cooperative agreement award is issued so the project can begin.


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


Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act, 43 U.S.C. 1331, Gas Hydrates Research Act and the Marine Minerals Research Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 - 270 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. The BOEM Gas Hydrates Research Program encourages matched contributions from other interested Federal agencies. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Cooperative agreements will normally be awarded in 12-month budget periods. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Information not available.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual and final technical reports are required.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Annual and final financial reports using the OMB SF-425 form 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 $0; FY 17 est $95,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$0 to $100,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations include the OCS Lands Act, Gas Hydrates Research Act, and the Marine Minerals Research Act (1996).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. BOEM New Orleans Office, GOM OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70123-2394.

Headquarters Office

Matthew Frye BOEM Resource Evaluation Division, 381 Elden Street, MS-4070, Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817 Phone: (703) 787-1514

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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