The Alaska CMI is a cooperative program between BOEM and the University of Alaska, with State of Alaska participation.
It began in 1993 with the goals of updating and expanding our understanding of the outer continental shelf environmental information and addressing future needs related to offshore
oil and gas in Alaska.
This large program of scientific research is guided by providing data relevant to potential future lease sales and other oil and gas-related actions in the Alaska Region.
Through an established cost-sharing arrangement, the CMI is expected to leverage additional scientific results and logistics capability at levels comparable to the BOEM contribution of up to $500,000 for awards in fiscal year 202 1. Typically, five to seven new projects are funded each year and the recipient organization is required to match funds at least dollar for dollar.
Following review of submitted Letters of Intent, BOEM is requesting proposals from the following list for consideration for funding through the CMI:
• Harnessing the power of environmental DNA as a real-time assessment tool of nearshore Arctic marine communities; • Delineating species and stock boundaries between Arctic and Bering cisco species; • Examining movement of Pacific halibut in the Northern Bering Sea, using satellite tags; • Biological effects of Cook Inlet crude oil degradation products and suspect screening of oxidized polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.