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**Some programs are limited. Please read solicitations carefully and consult your Office of Research for specifics, such as limited applications through your university and internal application deadlines.**

The Environmental Sustainability program is part of the Environmental Engineering and Sustainability cluster, which includes also 1) Environmental Engineering; and 2) Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials.

The goal of the Environmental Sustainability program is to promote sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems. These systems provide ecological services vital for human survival. Research efforts supported by the program typically consider long time horizons and may incorporate contributions from the social sciences and ethics. The program supports engineering research that seeks to balance society's need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions. 

The Environmental Studies Program (ESP) of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is offering a cooperative agreement opportunity to conduct research in topics that serve the public interest of safe and environmentally sound energy and mineral production on the nation's outer continental shelf. This study will support BOEM's analyses under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and may also inform agency consultations by identifying the effects of coastal erosion and archaeological site loss on local communities, descendant communities, and Tribal groups. The study will identify and provide background information (baselines) on specific groups that have been affected by archaeological and cultural property site loss. It will also provide insights into how each group has been affected by sea-level rise and subsequent coastal erosion in the past, and how associated archaeological sites may continue to be affected in the future. The total anticipated amount of funding available in FY 2017 is approximately $150,000, with additional funds in subsequent fiscal years, subject to the availability of funds. This announcement is specifically to announce intent to undertake the following project: Archaeology and Coast in Crisis: Traditional Cultural Properties at Risk Open to: Eligible institutions are limited to state academic institutions adjacent to the project area. Institutions within the Gulf Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) are encouraged and will use applicable overhead rates. No other proposals are requested at this time, although additional opportunities may be announced in the future. The award will be a cooperative agreement (with the exception of tasks performed by Federal partners - see Eligibility Information). This involves substantial involvement by BOEM scientists in various aspects of study development and/or study conduct.

Deadline: April 7, 2017