The Applied Science Program is part of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSMRE) Technical Studies Program and funds the development of new reclamation science and technology. The objective of the National Technology Transfer Team (NTTT) 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. During FY 2005, Congress approved OSMRE's request to initiate a program to select and fund applied science proposals that would result in improved protection of the public and environment by advancing improved technology development and transfer related to surface coal mining and reclamation. Such efforts are needed to better protect identified endangered species, improve reforestation and revegetation, protect prime farmland, improve technologies to mitigate acid mine drainage, improve methods for locating underground mines, and many other issues related to protecting the public and environment associated with surface coal mining.
Current Funding/Solicitation Status
OSMRE is not requesting applied science proposals at this time for projects that develop and demonstrate improved science and technologies related to the mining of coal and the reclamation of the land after mining. OSMRE has included a request for funding of Applied Science Projects in its FY 2021 budget.
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.
Standard Operating Procedures
The Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) is intended to assist National and Regional Technology Transfer Team personnel in performing their duties related to the Technical Studies Program. Its use will facilitate uniform application of the program across the nation. It outlines the procedures for the conduct and administration of technical studies that are funded in whole or in part by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). Note: The document is 5.22 MB.
Applied Science Projects
Click on the map graphic to access the interactive map showing Applied Science Project locations and information across the US.
Reports and Fact Sheets
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 recieved funding and have achieved project completion.
Use the applied science project map to learn more about the funded applied science projects in your area.