Technology Assessment and Research
The TA&R Program is a research element encompassed by BSEE Regulatory Program. The TA&R Program supports research associated with operational safety and pollution prevention. The TA&R Program was established in the 1970's to ensure that industry operations on the Outer Continental Shelf incorporated the use of the Best Available and Safest Technologies (BAST) subsequently required through the 1978 OCSLA amendments and Energy Policy Act of 2005. The TA&R Program is comprised of two functional research activities:
The TA&R Program has four primary objectives:
- Technical Support
Providing engineering support to the Bureau decision makers in evaluating industry operational proposals and related technical issues and ensuring that these proposals comply with applicable regulations, rules, and operational guidelines and standards.
- Technology Assessment
Investigating and assessing industry applications of technological innovations and promoting the use of the best available and safest technologies in Bureau regulations, rules and operational guidelines.
- Research Catalyst
Promoting leadership in the fields of operational safety and pollution prevention in offshore energy extraction activities.
- International Regulatory
Providing international cooperation for Research and Development initiatives to enhance the safety of offshore energy extraction activities and the development of appropriate regulatory program elements worldwide. For more information about international research coordination efforts, see the BSEE ICRARD page or visit ICRARD.org.
The TA&R Program operates through contracts with universities, private firms, and government laboratories to assess safety-related technologies and to perform necessary applied research.
The TA&R fact sheet is available here.
Please visit the Submitting Research Proposals page for more information.