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Science and Technology Projects Related to Coal Mining and Reclamation

Number: 15.255
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Office of Surface Mining

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
15.255 Science and Technology Projects Related to Coal Mining and Reclamation
Federal Agency (030):
Office of Surface Mining, Department of the Interior
Authorization (040):
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA), Public Law 95-87; Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act of 1977, Public Law 95-224.
Objectives (050):
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) Science and Technology Grants Program support two separate but related efforts:

(1) projects that develop and demonstrate improved technologies to address public safety and environmental issues related to the mining of coal and reclamation of the lands affected after mining (applied science projects),

(2) projects that convert into digital form, mine permit data and maps related to evaluating the impacts of coal mining so that the information may be used in a geographic information system (GIS) accessible by all Federal, state, and tribal agencies for assessing impacts of coal mining and reclamation on the environment (data conversion projects). Data conversion projects may also convert existing legacy databases to modern database software, and/or provide hardware and programming assistance for states to transition to managing and using this digital data.
Types of Assistance (060):
Cooperative Agreements
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Projects must focus on issues related to mining in the United States and its territories. Funding will be limited to projects that can be completed without additional funding from OSMRE. Projects that are long term in nature or larger in scope that can be accomplished with funds available this fiscal year, must be described such that OSMRE can identify specific measurable accomplishments associated with the requested funds.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Applied Science Projects: Recipients may be any of the following: public, private, or non-profit entities; Federal, state, local or Tribal governments; and colleges, and universities located in the United States.

Data Conversion Projects: Recipients may be in any state or tribe where coal mining or reclamation activities authorized under SMCRA are occurring.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Communities impacted by coal mining and reclamation of the land after mining.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
All proposals with commitments for applicant or partner cost sharing must be accompanied by a letter on official letterhead from the manager of the program committing these funds, acknowledging such commitment. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
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 (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The standard application SF-424 and forms furnished by the Federal agency and required by 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments," or Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations," or its revisions must be used for this program. Please contact the appropriate Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) Regional Office for visit the web site below for details.

Details on the Applied Science solicitation are available at:

Details on Mine Map Projects are available at:

Details on Data Conversion Projects are available at:
Award Procedure (093):
The OSMRE Director or his/her designee approves and awards all grants and/or cooperative agreements for this program.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Estimated from 120 to 150 days.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
Not applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula and no mandatory cost share or matching requirements. However, OSMRE recommends that applicants participate in the support of the project in the following manner: (1) Applied Science Projects: OSMRE recommends a minimum cost share of 25 percent with the applicant providing some portion of this percentage. The remainder may come from academia, industry, or other non-federal sources. (2) Underground Mine Map Projects: OSMRE encourages cost sharing through an advantaged score in the rating process, but cost-share is not required for the applicant to supply a proposal. (3) Data Conversion Projects: OSMRE encourages cost sharing, but cost share is not required for the applicant to supply a proposal.

Recommended cost share percentages can comprise contributions from any of the following: applicant, academia, industry, or other non-Federal sources.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
The grants and cooperative agreements may have a performance period of up to two years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Information not available.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Programmatic reports are required. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Financial (SF-425 and SF 425A) and programmatic reports are required. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Audits (112):
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.
Records (113):
Recipients will maintain records in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subparts C and F.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 13 $0; FY 14 est $0; and FY 15 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Applied Science 2012 Projects: Range $184,060 to $200,000; Average $183,160. The FY 2012 Underground Mine Mapping program recieved no funding. Data Conversion Projects: FY 2012 Range: $44,000 to $244,000; Average $135,687.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: Information not available. Fiscal Year 2014: Information not available. Fiscal Year 2015: Information not available.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, Public Law 95-87; as amended; and informal agency guidelines titled "Federal Assistance Manual."
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office (152):
Chief, Division of Reclamation Support Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Department of the Interior, 1951 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 208-2868 Fax: (202) 219-0239.
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: The Applied Science Program funded a study by Virginia Tech titled "Predicting Total Dissolved Solids Release from Central Appalachian Coal Mine Spoils."

The Underground Mine Mapping Program funded a project with the Pennsylvania Archives Service Center to convert a large portion of the CONSOL Energy Pennsylvania mining map collection into a publicly accessible digitable database. Within this collection, there are 600 hardback maps, some of which are 25 feet long.

The GeoMine Pilot Project funded the digital conversion of over 10,000 surface coal mining boundaries in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. Fiscal Year 2014: Information not available. Fiscal Year 2015: Information not available.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Applied Science Projects funding criteria include: the level of external financial support (cost sharing), the potential for technology transfer, technical merit, the value of proposal to SMCRA programs, and if the proposal is from a Minority Higher Education Program (MHEP) institution.

Data Conversion Projects funding criteria include: overall proposal quality, level of external financial support, viability, and responsiveness to agency priorities.