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.
Uses and Use Restrictions
The assistance can be used to conduct environmental research to satisfy the information needs associated with oil and gas, renewable energy and marine mineral development on the outer continental shelf.
Applications must be for scientific research projects which are within the BOEM's 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 renewable 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. The assistance can be used to conduct public awareness related to environmental and cultural research within BOEM?s Environmental Research portfolio.
State or political subdivision (including any agency thereof), or any not-for-profit organization if: (1) the agreement will serve a mutual interest of the parties to the agreement in carrying out the programs administered by BOEM; and (2) all parties will contribute resources to the accomplishment of these objectives.
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 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; past professional publications, resumes, and lists of past projects must be provided. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
Aplication and Award Process
Limited discussions regarding funding availability and program interest are permitted.
Applicants should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in their State to find out if the State has selected this program for review and for information on the process the State requires when applying for Federal assistance.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.
12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
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 www.grants.gov. The standard SF-424 application forms required. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. 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 or its revisions, must be used.
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, 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 five applications will be received and two new cooperative agreement awards will be granted in FY 2017.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
G. Under the Use of Cooperative Agreements authority (43 U.S.C. §1457b), to enter into cooperative agreements with a state or political subdivision (including any agency thereof), or any not-for-profit organization if: (1) the agreement will serve a mutual interest of the parties to the agreement in carrying out the programs administered by BOEM; and (2) all parties will contribute resources to the accomplishment of these objectives.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 90 - 270 days.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: No statutory 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 incrementally as subject to availability of funds, with approximately 15% to be provided in the final year of performance. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Not available,.
Post Assistance Requirements
Quarterly progress reports; a presentation at a publicly held meeting as directed by BOEM; 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.
Dissemination of the research results at professional society meetings and symposia is encouraged.
Cash reports are not applicable.
Progress reports are not applicable.
Annual and final financial reports 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.
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $5,742,696; and FY 18 est $6,400,000 - New Program.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $25,000 to $100,000; 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 Information System at: http://www.boem.gov/Environmental-Studies-EnvData/
Regional or Local Office
Rodney Cluck Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 45600 Woodland Road,, Sterling, Virginia 20166 Email: email@example.com Phone: (703) 787-1087
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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