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Coastal Marine Institute Graduate Student Research Awards

The University of Alaska Coastal Marine Institute is a partnership of the University of Alaska, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the State of Alaska. The CMI provides a pathway for BOEM to fund research supporting the management, exploration, and development of energy resources on Alaska’s outer continental shelf.

Application Deadline: 5 p.m., March 20, 2018

In 2018, CMI will award up to two graduate student research awards of $25,000 to qualified students for research work that is technically meritorious and relevant to the BOEM mission. Projects should address one or more of the CMI Framework Areas defined in the attached flier. Eligible students must be enrolled and in good academic standing through academic year 2018-2019. Students are limited to one CMI research award per degree.

Awards are intended to fund a specific, well-defined component or augmentation of a student’s larger research effort or an established project. Student Research Awards can be spent May 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019, and are restricted to a maximum of $25,000, including indirect costs. All award funds must directly benefit the student and may be used for graduate student support, tuition, university fees, and research expenses such as travel, supplies, and laboratory fees. Non-federal cost-share (1:1) is required and can include student advisor and committee member time. Contact CMI with any questions.

CMI Framework Areas
The CMI Framework Areas provide guidance in the development of specific research projects that will provide scientific information to inform stakeholders in areas affected by CMI projects. The most relevant studies will supply information to support the analysis of the potential effects of offshore development, including oil spill risk analysis and mitigation of potential impacts on the biological and human environment. Student research should address one or more of the following:

  • Scientific studies for better understanding of marine, coastal, or human environments affected or potentially affected by offshore oil and gas exploration and extraction or renewable energy development on the OCS;
  • Modeling studies of environmental, social, economic, or cultural processes related to OCS oil and gas or renewable energy activities in order to improve scientific predictive capabilities;
  • Experimental studies for better understanding of environmental processes or the causes and effects of OCS activities;
  • Projects that improve collection of and sharing of data regarding marine or coastal resources or human activities to support prudent management of oil and gas resources; and
  • Synthesis studies of scientific environmental or socioeconomic information relevant to the OCS oil and gas and renewable energy program.

The preferred geographic area of study includes the State and Federal waters offshore of Alaska, particularly in the Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas lease areas in the Beaufort Sea, the Chukchi Sea, and Cook Inlet and Shelikof Strait. However, research efforts outside of the Alaska Region may be proposed if applicable to CMI priorities.

Additional information and details for application are included in the flier linked below.