Pipeline Safety Research Competitive Academic Agreement Program (CAAP)

Funding Agency:
Department of Transportation

PHMSA seeks applications from nonprofit institutions of higher education for Competitive Academic Agreement Program grant funding to research innovative solutions in pipeline safety topic areas that improve safety to reduce potential human and environmental impacts. This kind of research will enhance the security of our infrastructure, people, and the environment.

The CAAP initiative is intended to spur innovation by enabling academic research focused on high technical risk and high payoff solutions for many safety challenges. The research may deliver solutions that can be transferred to PHMSA’s Core Research Program for demonstration and deployment. The goal of CAAP is to validate proof of concept for a thesis or theory along a logical path toward commercialization.

Deadline: May 17, 2024

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

  • Topic 1: Characterize Expected CO2 Specification Ranges for Various Product Streams
  • Topic 2: Design a Modernized Database to Integrate Publicly Available Climate- and Geohazard-Related Data into Existing Database Used for All Pipelines
  • Topic 3: Enhance Current Knowledge and Technology Solutions to Prevent and Mitigate Risks of Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) for Pipeline Integrity Management

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be nonprofit institutions of higher education located either in the U.S. or a U.S. territory or possession. PHMSA encourages applications from eligible higher education institutions that partner with other higher education institutions, including MSIs. PHMSA will also consider an application from an eligible higher education institution that partners with other eligible recipients, the pipeline industry, and/or with any private organization, so long as the cost of the proposed partnership does not exceed 40 percent of the proposed amount of federal contribution to the project.

Amount Description

PHMSA anticipates awarding up to $2,000,000 in CAAP funding for FY 2024, subject to the availability of funds, with the amount of federal funding not to exceed $1,000,000 per award. Applicants may submit more than one application, but each individual application must not exceed $1,000,000 in federal funding requested.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

May 17, 2024