Methane Hydrates

2016 Methane Hydrates Funding Opportunity Announcement

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to select projects in FY16 that will further ongoing programmatic efforts to characterize naturally occurring gas hydrate deposits as well as their role in the natural environment and that will:

  • Support fundamental laboratory and numerical simulation studies of gas hydrate reservoir response to potential production activities
  • Support fundamental field, laboratory and numerical simulation studies of the development and evolution of gas hydrate-bearing systems and their response over various temporal and spatial scales to natural perturbations.

To view the content/description of the Funding Opportunity Announcement please visit the FedConnect website and look for the Documentation section in the upper right hand corner. Click on “Body” to access the full FOA description.

To view a Synopsis of the Funding Opportunity Announcement go to the Grants.gov website.

To download the Application Package and Instructions necessary for applying to the FOA, select the “Package” tab from the Grants.gov page accessed by clicking the Synopsis link above, click the “Select Package” link in the bottom right corner then follow the instructions provided via the website.

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact Bethan Young, Contract Specialist (412-386-4402, Bethan.Young@NETL.DOE.GOV).

If you have technical or administrative questions regarding the content of the FOA itself, those must be submitted through the FedConnect system. The ability to submit questions on the FOA is available to you once you have registered in the FedConnect system.

Special Report:

Frozen Heat: A Global Outlook on Methane Hydrates
The United Nations Environmental Programme released this new, two-volume report in March 2015. Frozen Heat: A Global Outlook on Methane Hydrate details the science and history of gas hydrates, evaluates the current state of gas hydrate research, and explores the potential impact of this untapped natural gas source on the future global energy mix. An executive summary of report is also available. Researchers from the National Energy Technology Laboratory were part of an international team that contributed to the report.

  • Volume 1—The role of gas hydrates in natural systems.
  • Volume 2—The potential impacts of gas hydrates as a possible new and global energy resource.
  • Executive Summary—A 32-page summary of the two-volume report.

New Project To Improve Characterization of U.S. Gas Hydrate Resources
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the selection of a multi-year, field-based research project designed to gain further insight into the nature, formation, occurrence and physical properties of methane hydrate‚Äźbearing sediments for the purpose of methane hydrate resource appraisal.


The objectives of the marine gas hydrate program are to:  (1) collect a full suite of in situ measurements and core samples to characterize the physical properties of marine methane hydrates; (2) assess their potential response to possible production activities; and (3) further delineate the occurrence and nature of gas hydrates in the U.S. outer continental shelf.  This new project, managed by the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, has been selected to achieve these objectives and is the next logical step in assessing marine hydrate sediments.

For a quick introduction to methane hydrate and its potential as a fuel source, please read the 2011 Methane Hydrates Primer. Information on other elements of the program can be found under the links below.