Take Pride

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 Nation?s 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.

The 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 Environmental Studies Program is to obtain the information needed for the assessment and the management of environmental impacts; to predict impacts on marine biota; and to monitor the human, marine, and coastal environments to provide time series and data trend information.
Related Programs15.421 Alaska Coastal Marine Institute; 15.422 Louisiana State University (LSU) Coastal Marine Institute (CMI)

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

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The assistance can be used to conduct public awareness related to environmental and cultural research within BOEM?s Environmental Research portfolio.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public and private organizations.

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 public awareness including past performance and 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

Preapplication Coordination

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.

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 www.grants.gov. 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.

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, 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 fivie 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.


Under the Take Pride in America Act (16 U.S.C. §§4601-4608), to establish and maintain a public awareness campaign, in cooperation with public and private organizations and individuals, to instill in the public the importance of the appropriate use of, and appreciation for, Federal, state, and local natural and cultural resources.

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. 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; 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: Information 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(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/

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

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

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