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Applied Science

The Applied Science Program funds the development of new reclamation science and technology. The program selects and funds applied science proposals that improve public and environmental health protection. The science and technology advanced by these projects serves the public through activities that:

  • Protect identified endangered species
  • Improve reforestation and revegetation
  • Protect prime farmland
  • Improve technologies to mitigate acid mine drainage
  • Improve methods for locating underground mines 
  • Enhance the protection of the public and environment associated with surface coal mining

The objective of the National Technology Transfer Team (NTTT) in the Applied Science Program is to develop and demonstrate improved technologies to address environmental issues related to the mining of coal and reclamation of the land after mining.

Notice of Funding Opportunities 

Funded projects will help address important OSMRE issues during implementation of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA). Applicants may request funding up to $200,000. The award will be by cooperative agreement (or as an Interagency Agreement if another Federal Agency is involved). Each cooperative agreement will be for a period of time consistent with the proposal but not to exceed two years from date of award.

For more information, see the latest notice of funding availability for applied science projects.

Applied Science Projects

Click to access the interactive map. This link will direct you to a non-government website that may have different policies from those of OSMRE.

Click on the map graphic to access the interactive map showing Applied Science Project locations and information across the US.

The Applied Science Projects section provides key information on all Technical Studies approved for funding. Documentation for completed projects, including final reports, fact sheets, and supporting publications, are available in PDF format for those projects that received funding and have achieved project completion.

The Applied Science Program Experience page is a GIS-based webpage that includes two services for the public, and two internal, OSMRE services. The public services include a web mapping application to view past projects and a quarterly update viewer to track currently funded projects. The internal services include a quarterly update entry form and the reviewer tool for submitted entries.