BOEM seeking input on its Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Studies Development Plan

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is responsible for managing the development of U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) energy and mineral resources in an environmentally and economically responsible way. A critical component of BOEM’s mission is protecting the environment while overseeing the development of OCS energy and marine mineral resources.

BOEM’s Environmental Studies Program (ESP) develops, funds, and manages rigorous scientific research specifically to inform policy decisions on the development of energy and mineral resources on the OCS, as required by law. This environmental and socioeconomic research is designed to provide BOEM the necessary information to assess, predict, monitor and manage potential environmental impacts of the activities it authorizes.

As part of this effort, ESP staff prepare BOEM’s annual Studies Development Plan to cover a two-year planning period. The plan includes brief study descriptions, or profiles, that describe proposed studies for the upcoming fiscal year and for one successive year. These studies are designed to collect the information necessary to meet the needs of BOEM scientists, rule writers, modelers, decision makers and other users. Proposed studies are evaluated for program relevance, programmatic timeliness, and scientific merit.

BOEM is beginning to formulate its Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Studies Development Plan covering all BOEM energy and minerals activities. We invite you to submit study ideas for consideration in Alaska, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific OCS areas. Study ideas must be relevant to BOEM’s information requirements in the areas of biological, oceanographic (physical and chemical), traditional knowledge, and social sciences (including economic and cultural research).

Please review BOEM’s National Studies List for Fiscal Year 2021, which identifies studies BOEM intends to procure in FY21 (subject to funding availability). The current Studies Development Plan is online and the Environmental Studies Program Information System (ESPIS)  provides access to ongoing studies and completed reports. Please carefully consider BOEM’s ESP Strategic Framework – particularly the criteria and questions – when formulating your study ideas. Also note that BOEM is keen to advance innovative technologies that may improve results and potentially reduce costs, such as use of unmanned vehicles in the sea and air, satellite imagery, and eDNA. Please comment on the potential use of such technologies when they may appropriately fit into the work you are suggesting.

Send your suggestions in a short paragraph via email to ESP ( by December 7, 2020, including an  explanation of why BOEM should consider funding them in light of points noted above. Please note that all submissions become property of the federal government. While suggestions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, there is no guarantee they will be accepted. Some ideas may be combined with other suggestions. Acceptance of an idea does not imply that the submitter will receive funding.