TABLE 3.1 DOE-Funded Methane Hydrate Research from 2000 through 2003 by Solicitation or Project Type

 

FY 2001 funding

FY 2002 funding

FY 2003 funding

Totals for 2000-2003

 

(in dollars)

Targeted solicitation

4,000,000

4,596,244

5,648,014

14,244,258

Broad-based solicitation

1,148,000

889,560

214,304

3,694,395

National laboratory

1,200,000

1,160,000

915,000

3,775,000

Interagency

1,298,870

1,077,438

491,000

3,342,308

NETL in-house projects

700,000

450,000

950,000

2,795,000

Other nonfederal government procurements

689,272

188,660

0

917,932

Total funding

9,036,142

8,361,902

8,218,318

28,768,893

 

SOURCE: Data from DOE, 2004a.

Targeted solicitations were designed for a specific research area, hence awards were issued exclusively for projects that matched the specifications. The original program solicitation issued in 2001 was targeted and included studies addressing gas hydrate research needs in four specific research areas: (1) the Gulf of Mexico (both lab and field), (2) Alaska, (3) hydrate as a medium for transporting natural gas, and (4) gas hydrate modeling consortium and partnership development. The selection criteria for these projects included technical criteria (scientific and technical merit, technical approach, and technical management capabilities) and government cost evaluation (DOE, 2004a). Six cooperative agreement awards with planned DOE allocations of $33.8 million (67 percent of planned program expenditures) resulted from this solicitation, including three industrial projects with planned allocations of $30.8 million (63 percent of planned program expenditures through 2005). No awards were granted in the areas of transportation or modeling partnership development.



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