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81.089 Fossil Energy Research and Development

FEDERAL AGENCY:

OFFICE OF FOSSIL ENERGY, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

AUTHORIZATION:

Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Public Law 93- 438; Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-557; Energy Policy and Conservation Act, Public Law 94- 163; Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91; Department of Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2001, Public Law 106-291.
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The mission of the Fossil Energy (FE) Research and Development program is to promote the development and use of environmentally and economically superior technologies for supply, conversion, delivery and utilization of fossil fuels. These activities will involve cooperation with industry, DOE Laboratories, universities and States. Success in this mission will benefit the Nation through lower energy costs, reduced environmental impact, increased technology exports, and reduced dependence on insecure energy sources.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Emphasis is on fundamental research and technology development.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   States, local governments, universities, governmental entities, consortia, nonprofit institutions, commercial corporations, joint Federal/Industry corporations, U.S. Territories, and individuals are eligible to apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Federal, State, local governments, universities, consortia, nonprofit institutions, commercial corporations, joint Federal/Industry corporations, and individuals will benefit.

Credentials/Documentation:   Prior successful research and development experience in the fossil energy field and related areas. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   Coordination with program staff is advisable for unsolicited proposals. The standard application forms as furnished by the Department of Energy (DOE) must be used. For construction projects an environmental impact statement/assessment is required per the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by 10 CFR 600 must be used for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   Unsolicited proposals should be submitted in accordance with DOE/PR-0014 "Guide for the Submission of Unsolicited Proposals," published by DOE, Office of Procurement and Assistance Management. This program is subject to the provisions of 10 CFR 600.

Award Procedure:   DOE solicitations sets forth award procedures. Unsolicited proposals will be evaluated by DOE personnel assigned to the specific area with peer reviews as required. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Deadlines:   None for unsolicited proposals. For others the deadline is stated in the solicitations.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   Approximately 90 to 180 days.

Appeals:   None.

Renewals:   Awards may be modified or extended as required.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   Varies with each grant/cooperative agreement.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   The time period for a grant or cooperative agreement is dependent upon the individual project proposed.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Quarterly or monthly progress and expenditure reports are required. The final report is due at the end of the grant or cooperative agreement.

Audits:   Possible procurement audit, overhead rate audit, final closeout audit. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-128, "Audits of State and Local Governments." State and local governments that receive financial assistance of $100,000 or more within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made for that year. State and local governments that receive between $25,000 and $100,000 within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made in accordance with Circular No. A-128, or in accordance with Federal laws and regulations governing the programs in which they participate.

Records:   Required by grant/assistance document.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   89-0213-0-1-271.

Obligations:   (Grants and Cooperative Agreements) FY 01 $20,000,000; FY 02 est $12,000,000; and FY 03 est $10,500,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
Award size varies according to the funding opportunity announcement . A majority of the active projects are in the range from $200,000 to $10,000,000+.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
In fiscal year 2001, 85 total awards are anticipated.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

(1) Federal Acquisition Regulation 15.5, Unsolicited Proposals (Federal Register/Volume 48, No. 182, Memo Sept. 19, 1983); (2) DOE Acquisition Regulation 915.5, Unsolicited Proposals (Federal Register/Volume 49, No. 61, Wednesday, March 28, 1984; (3) Guide for the Submission of Unsolicited Proposals, Department of Energy, Office of Procurement and Assistance Management (October 1991).

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. For Unsolicited Proposals, E-mail John Augustine at john.augustine@netl.doe.gov.

Headquarters Office:  
Miranda Johnson, 1000 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20623 Email: Miranda.Johnson@hq.doe.gov Phone: (202) 586- 7661.

Web Site Address:  
https://energy.gov/

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Improved Oil Recovery from Upper Jurass IC Smackover; Sonication Remediation Methodology; Development and Testing of a Pre-Prototype Mach 2 Ramagen Engine; Kinetics of Direct Oxidation of H2S in Coal Gas to Elemental Sulfur.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

(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 awardee.

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