University Coal Research

To improve scientific and technical understanding of the chemistry and physics involved in the conversion and utilization of coal.

The primary objective is to fund long-term, high-risk, meritorious fundamental research for the advancement of science related to all Fossil Energy's coal-related
programs.

Through an annual solicitation, applications are sought with the potential to overcome barriers in technology development and accelerate the identification of solutions for energy and environmental problems.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: Computational Energy Sciences, Material Science, and Sensor and Controls;.

Fiscal Year 2017: Computational Energy Sciences, Material Science, and Sensor and Controls;.


Agency - Department of Energy

The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Project Office - National Energy Technology Laboratory, 3610 Collins Ferry Road P.O.Box 880, Morgantow n WV 26507-0880 Contact: Dr. Sydni Credle, Telephone:304-285-5255.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
West Virginia University $ 399,965   2015-10-012020-09-30
University Of Maine System $ 399,999   2015-09-012019-12-31
Carnegie Mellon University $ 399,932   2015-10-012019-09-30
University Of Connecticut $ 400,000   2015-09-012019-08-31
University Of North Dakota $ 400,000   2015-09-012019-08-31
Board Of Regents Of The University Of Nebraska $ 400,000   2014-07-012019-06-30
University Of Texas At Arlington $ 398,862   2015-01-012018-12-31
University Of Massachusetts $ 400,000   2014-09-012018-12-31
University Of Washington $ 399,989   2014-10-012018-09-30
University Of Illinois $ 300,000   2013-08-012018-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2015: Six awards selected. Fiscal Year 2016: Five awards selected. Fiscal Year 2017: no known data avialable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Work must be related to program objectives.

The eligibility of recipients for DOE financial assistance awards under the UCR Program is limited to U. S. universities, colleges, and university-affiliated research institutions.

Projects selected for an award must have a teaching professor as Principal Investigator or a Co-Principal Investigator.

The eligibility of recipients for DOE financial assistance awards under the UCR Program is limited to U. S. universities, colleges, and university-affiliated research institutions.

Projects selected for an award must have a teaching professor as Principal Investigator or a Co-Principal Investigator.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Only US colleges and universities can apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

In accordance with 2 CFR 910.124, eligibility for award is restricted to U.S. colleges, universities, and university-affiliated research institutions. Grants awarded through the UCR Program are for maintaining and upgrading the educational, training and research capabilities of U.S. universities and colleges in the fields of science, environment, energy and technology related to coal. The involvement of professors and students generates fresh research ideas and enhances the education of future scientists and engineers. To assure the program continues to support the performance of high quality fundamental research by professors and students at U.S. colleges and universities, applications may be submitted by U.S. colleges, universities and university-affiliated research institutions provided the following criteria are met: (1) Principal Investigator or a Co-Principal Investigator listed in the application is a teaching professor at the submitting university. If this condition is met, other participants, Co-Principal Investigators or research staff, who do not hold teaching positions may be included as part of the research team; (2) Applications from university-affiliated research institutions must be submitted through the college or university with which they are affiliated; and (3) At least one student registered at that university is to receive compensation for performing research.

Credentials/Documentation

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirement, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

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. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirement for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

Applications reviewed by qualified experts in accordance with 2 CFR 200 with specific emphasis on the scientific and technical merit of the proposed research and the factors listed in the formal solicitation for proposals.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Public Law 83-703; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Public Law 93-438; Research and Marketing Act of 1946, as amended, Public Law 85-934; Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93- 577; Department of Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations for 1980, Public Law 96-126; Department of Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations for 2004, Public Law 108-108, Executive Order N/A.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 to 180 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. Limited university/industry collaboration is encouraged but not required, however, cost sharing may be required for larger sized grants that support university/industry collaboration MOE requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects awarded through the UCR Program have a performance period of 36 months and are usually are funded by the Electronic Transfer System. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released:. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funding allocated by EFT.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Quarterly reports and technical progress reports containing research accomplishments and information on cost status, reported per task is required.

Additionally, a final technical report is due 90 days after the end of performance period.

Quarterly project Federal Financial Reports are required.

Quarterly project technical progress and a final report are required.

Topical Reports may be submitted as appropriate.

Performance monitoring is achieved through submission of progress reports, site visits, and the Principal Investigators are required to participate in an Annual Contractors Review Meeting.

Quarterly project Financial Cash Transaction Report is required.

Quarterly project technical progress and a final report are required.

Topical Reports may be submitted as appropriate.

Expenditure reports are required quarterly.

Performance monitoring is achieved through submission of progress reports, site visits, and the Principal Investigators are required to participate in a two day Annual Contractors Review Meeting, typically held in June each year.

Audits

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. 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. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal award are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Retention of records will be required pursuant to guidelines set forth in 2 CFR 200.

Financial Information

Account Identification

89-0213-0-1-271.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 15 $2,367,920; FY 16 est $2,536,995; and FY 17 est $2,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Maximum funding for 36 month project is $300,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

A formal competitive opportunity annoucement for applications was issued for the fiscal year 2015 program. Release date was January 2015

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Project Office - National Energy Technology Laboratory, 3610 Collins Ferry Road P.O.Box 880, Morgantow n WV 26507-0880 Contact: Dr. Sydni Credle, Telephone:304-285-5255.

Headquarters Office

Regis Conrad Department of Energy , Washington, , District of Columbia 20585 Email: Regis.Conrad@hq.doe.gov Phone: (301) 903-2827 Fax: (301) 903-2713

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Emphasis is on the scientific and technical merit of the proposed research and the factors listed as generic goals in the formal solicitation for proposals.



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