Geologic Sequestration Training and Research Grant Program

The mission of the Fossil Energy (FE) Sequestration Training and Research Grant Program is to develop a future generation of geologists, scientists and engineers to fill the gap and provide the skills required for National-scale, large volume geologic storage projects.

This program will emphasize
advancing educational opportunities across a broad range of minority colleges and universities.

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 - None.

National Energy Technology Laboratory, Acquisition & Assistance Division; P.O.

Box 10940, Mail Stop 921-107, 626 Cochrans Mill Road, Pittsburgh, PA; 15236-0940.

Contact: john.augustine@netl.doe.gov.


Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Enhance educational opportunities across a broad range of universities, colleges, and university affiliated research institutions to develop a future generation of geologists, scientists and engineers to expand the workforce and provide the skills required for national-scale, commercial geologic storage projects.

Educational and training opportunities will be developed by seeking grant applications from universities, colleges, and university affiliated research institutions to educate and train undergraduate and graduate level students through research related to CCS in geology, geophysics, geomechanics, geochemistry and reservoir engineering disciplines needed to staff a broad national CCS program targeting underground storage and monitoring of carbon dioxide (CO2) in deep geologic formations.

Fundamental research is needed to advance science in: simulation and risk assessment; monitoring, verification, and accounting; geological related analytical tools; methods to interpret geophysical models; CO2 capture; well completion and integrity; and water production/clean-up/alternative use.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Higher Education (includes Research).

Public nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Higher Education (includes Research).

Non-Government - General: Higher Education (includes Research).

Private nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Higher Education (includes Research)

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public nonprofit institution/organization; Other public institution/organization; Profit organization; Private nonprofit institution/organization; Other private institution/organization

Credentials/Documentation

Prior successful experience in the education and training of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies to develop a future generation of geologists, scientists, and engineers in CCS technologies. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

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 OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The applicant should follow the procedures listed in the specific funding opportunity announcement (FOA) posted on the Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) and FedConnect (www.fedconnect.net) websites.

Award Procedures

Decisions to approve are made by the Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy and negotiations are conducted by the Office of Procurement in Headquarters and/or the procurement office located in the field.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

H.R. 1 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Deadlines are identified in the FOA.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Awards may be modified or extended as required.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

This information will be published in the FOA. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: This information will be published in the FOA.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

A final technical report is due within 90 days after completion of the project.

There will be additional reports associated with the Recovery Act requirements and included in the terms and conditions of the award document.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Audits may be performed to ensure that funds have been applied in accordance with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Possible project audit, overhead rate audit, final closeout audit.

Records

Required by the agreement terms and conditions.

Financial Information

Account Identification

89-0211-0-1-271.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $19,900,000; FY 10 est $0 - There will be an estimated $12.93M directed to the Universities and another $6.9M directed to training facilities.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

TBD.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

DOE Financial Assistance Regulations, 10 CFR 600

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. National Energy Technology Laboratory, Acquisition & Assistance Division; P.O. Box 10940, Mail Stop 921-107, 626 Cochrans Mill Road, Pittsburgh, PA; 15236-0940. Contact: john.augustine@netl.doe.gov.

Headquarters Office

Maria Jones, 1000 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20623 Email: Maria.Jones@hq.doe.gov Phone: (202) 586-1890.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The merit review evaluation criteria will be published in the FOA such as: (1) Technical merit; (2) priority of technical work relating to proposal; (3) relevance to current program objectives; (4) cost-benefit judgment; and (5) amount of cost-sharing by potential recipient.



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