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OSMRE announces US$1.6 million in funding for Applied Sciences projects

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The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) has announced the availability of fiscal year 2021 Applied Sciences Program funding. The application period opened 20 August 2021 and will close 45 days later on 7 October 2021.

OSMRE provides Applied Sciences funding to projects that help address important issues that arise during the implementation of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, non-profit organisations, for-profit organisations, Native American tribal organisations, and federal, state, and local governments.

Applicants may request funding up to US$200 000, which would be awarded through a cooperative agreement. Each agreement will be established for a period of time consistent with the proposal; generally, agreements do not exceed two years from the date of award.

Applied Sciences funding results in the improved protection of the public and the environment by advancing technology development and transfer related to surface coal mining and reclamation. Such efforts are needed to better protect endangered species, improve reforestation, protect prime farmland, and mitigate harmful environmental hazards, while improving the lives of environmental justice communities throughout coal country.

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