PHMSA Pipeline Safety Research and Development ?Other Transaction Agreements?

To sponsor research and development projects focused on providing near-term solutions that will improve the safety, reduce environmental impact, and enhance the reliability of the Nation?s pipeline transportation system.




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Program made three new awards addressing the further development of robotic inspection solutions capable of inspecting natural gas pipelines that are not piggable by traditional technology.

The program also entered into two cooperative agreements.

One with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement where a project developing inspection criteria for offshore risers was co-funded and one with the National Institute of Standards and Technology that is investigating the characterization of modern high toughness steels for fracture propagation and arrest assessment.

All projects have a public page for more information and are sortable by FY via https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/matrix/ .

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Quest Integrated, Llc $ 464,451   2016-09-302019-12-31
Operations Technology Development, Nfp $ 1,070,690   2015-09-302019-11-30
Quest Integrated, Llc $ 285,936   2016-09-302019-09-29
Operations Technology Development, Nfp $ 0   2015-09-302019-06-30
Northeast Gas Association, Inc. $ 0   2015-09-302019-03-31
Ulc Robotics, Inc. $ 208,273   2016-09-302018-09-30
Institute Of Gas Technology $ 299,030   2015-09-302018-09-30
Northeast Gas Association, Inc. $ 127,021   2015-09-302018-06-30
Battelle Memorial Institute $ 1,516,720   2015-09-302018-06-30
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. $ 976,221   2015-09-302017-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Program made three new awards addressing the further development of robotic inspection solutions capable of inspecting natural gas pipelines that are not piggable by traditional technology. The program also entered into two cooperative agreements. One with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement where a project developing inspection criteria for offshore risers was co-funded and one with the National Institute of Standards and Technology that is investigating the characterization of modern high toughness steels for fracture propagation and arrest assessment. All projects have a public page for more information and are sortable by FY via https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/matrix/ . Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

This research program is used for: fostering the development of new technologies so that pipeline operators can improve safety performance and more effectively address regulatory requirements; targeting and feeding new knowledge into the process of keeping standards relevant to their purpose; and generating and promoting general knowledge to decision makers.

For applications not working on inherently governmental research at least 30% cost sharing is required of awardees.

For applications working on inherently governmental research no cost share is required.

Section 32 (f) of The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 signed into law in January 2012 (PUBLIC LAW 112?90?JAN.

3, 2012) amends Section 12 of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 (49 U.S.C.

60101 note) by adding subsection d including 12(d)(3)( C) FUNDING FROM NON-FEDERAL SOURCES.

The Secretary shall ensure at least 30 percent of the costs of program-wide research and development activities are carried out using non-Federal sources.

The 2011 Act also amends Section 12 of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 (49 U.S.C.

60101 note), subsection (f), by striking ??2003 through 2006.?? And inserting ??2012 through 2015.??.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Universities and other academic institutions, individual, profit organization, nonprofit organization, State (includes D.C.), U.S.

Territories and possessions, Indian tribes, local government, other entities are eligible to apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Anyone/general public can receive benefits from the eligible applicant.

Credentials/Documentation

Prior to submission of a White Paper each applicant must first complete (electronically) a registration form the location of which will be stated in the PHMSA Research Announcement (PRA). 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Yes, if the awardee is a state or local government.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

In response to a PHMSA Research Announcement (PRA) applicants submit White Papers which are evaluated against specific evaluation criteria identified in the PRA. Those deemed worthy of further consideration are notified, and provided detailed guidelines for submitting a full proposal. Full proposals that are not determined as inherently governmental research must include cost sharing of at least 30%. Full proposals that are determined as inherently governmental research are fully funded and no cost share is required. If selected for award an ?Other Transaction Agreement? (OTA) is awarded by PHMSA. Section 32 (f) of The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 signed into law in January 2012 (PUBLIC LAW 112?90?JAN. 3, 2012) amends Section 12 of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 (49 U.S.C. 60101 note) by adding subsection d including 12(d)(3)( C) FUNDING FROM NON-FEDERAL SOURCES. The Secretary shall ensure at least 30 percent of the costs of program-wide research and development activities are carried out using non-Federal sources. The 2011 Act also amends Section 12 of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 (49 U.S.C. 60101 note), subsection (f), by striking ??2003 through 2006.?? And inserting ??2012 through 2015.??.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002, Public Law 107-355, 49 U.S.C 60101 note.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

30-45 days for review of White Papers. 30-45 days for review of proposals (if requested).

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 49, Chapter 12, Part 60101, Public Law 112-90. Full proposals must include cost sharing of at least 30%. If selected for award an ?Other Transaction Agreement? (OTA) is awarded by PHMSA. Section 32 (f) of The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 signed into law in January 2012 (PUBLIC LAW 112?90?JAN. 3, 2012) amends Section 12 of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 (49 U.S.C. 60101 note) by adding subsection d including 12(d)(3)( C) FUNDING FROM NON-FEDERAL SOURCES. The Secretary shall ensure at least 30 percent of the costs of program-wide research and development activities are carried out using non-Federal sources. The 2011 Act also amends Section 12 of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 (49 U.S.C. 60101 note), subsection (f), by striking ??2003 through 2006.?? And inserting ??2012 through 2015.??. Matching Requirements: Percent: 30%. Cost sharing of at least 30% is required. Full proposals must include cost sharing of at least 30%. If selected for award an ?Other Transaction Agreement? (OTA) is awarded by PHMSA. Section 32 (f) of The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 signed into law in January 2012 (PUBLIC LAW 112?90?JAN. 3, 2012) amends Section 12 of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 (49 U.S.C. 60101 note) by adding subsection d including 12(d)(3)( C) FUNDING FROM NON-FEDERAL SOURCES. The Secretary shall ensure at least 30 percent of the costs of program-wide research and development activities are carried out using non-Federal sources. The 2011 Act also amends Section 12 of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 (49 U.S.C. 60101 note), subsection (f), by striking ??2003 through 2006.?? And inserting ??2012 through 2015.??. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The term of an ?Other Transaction Agreement? is normally between 1 and 3 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Draft final project report, Final project report.

No cash reports are required.

Also see: 2 CFR 200 at http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title02/2cfr200_main_02.tpl.

Invoices are to be submitted no more frequently than quarterly.

Peer Reviews are conducted on the project.

They normally occur during the first quarter of each calendar year.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Financial records are subject to Government examination or audit, and must be maintained for 3 years from the completion of the ?Other Transaction Agreement.?.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-5172-0-2-407.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $2,381,849; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range of awards is $40,000 to $856,000. The average is $189,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

An in depth description of the PHMSA Pipeline Safety R&D Program can be found at http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/rd/. A listing of OTA awards can be found at: http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/matrix/.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

James Merritt. U.S. DOT, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Office of Pipeline Safety, 793 Countrybriar Lane, Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80129. Email: James.Merritt@dot.gov Phone: 303-683-3117. Fax: 303-346-9192.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria, for each PHMSA Research Announcement, is located in the announcement document.



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