Federal Coordination And Compliance Section

30 U.S.C. ァ 1222




Sec. 1222. Research funds to institutes

(a) Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary not more
than $15,000,000 for each of the fiscal years ending September 30, 1990,
through September 30, 1994, which shall remain available until expended.
Such funds when appropriated shall be made available to an institute or
to institutes participating in a generic mineral technology center to
meet the necessary expenses for purposes of--
(1) specific mineral research and demonstration projects of
broad application, which could not otherwise be undertaken,
including the expenses of planning and coordinating regional mining
and mineral resources research projects by two or more institutes;
(2) research into any aspects of mining and mineral resources
problems related to the mission of the Department of the Interior,
which are deemed by the Committee to be desirable and are not
otherwise being studied.

(b) Application for funds; contents

Each application for funds under subsection (a) of this section
shall state, among other things, the nature of the project to be
undertaken; the period during which it will be pursued; the
qualifications of the personnel who will direct and conduct it; the
estimated costs; the importance of the project to the Nation, region, or
State concerned; its relation to other known research projects
theretofore pursued or being pursued; the extent to which the proposed
project will provide opportunity for the training of mining and mineral
engineers and scientists; and the extent of participation by
nongovernmental sources in the project.

(c) Research facilities; selection of institutes; designation of funds
for scholarships and fellowships

The Committee shall review all such funding applications and
recommend to the Secretary the use of the institutes, insofar as
practicable, to perform special research. Recommendations shall be made
without regard to the race, religion, or sex of the personnel who will
conduct and direct the research, and on the basis of the facilities
available in relation to the particular needs of the research project;
special geographic, geologic, or climatic conditions within the
immediate vicinity of the institute; any other special requirements of
the research project; and the extent to which such project will provide
an opportunity for training individuals as mineral engineers and
scientists. The Committee shall recommend to the Secretary the
designation and utilization of such portions of the funds authorized to
be appropriated by this section as it deems appropriate for the purpose
of providing scholarships, graduate fellowships, and postdoctoral

(d) Requirements for receipt of funds

No funds shall be made available under subsection (a) of this
section except for a project approved by the Secretary and all funds
shall be made available upon the basis of merit of the project, the need
for the knowledge which it is expected to produce when completed, and
the opportunity it provides for the training of individuals as mineral
engineers and scientists.

(e) Restriction on application of funds

No funds made available under this section shall be applied to the
acquisition by purchase or lease of any land or interests therein, or
the rental, purchase, construction, preservation, or repair of any

(Pub. L. 98-409, Sec. 2, Aug. 29, 1984, 98 Stat. 1537; Pub. L. 100-483,
Sec. 5, Oct. 12, 1988, 102 Stat. 2339.)


Section was enacted as part of the Mining and Mineral Resources
Research Institute Act of 1984, and not as part of the Surface Mining
Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 which comprises this chapter.

Prior Provisions

A prior section 1222, Pub. L. 95-87, title III, Sec. 302, Aug. 3,
1977, 91 Stat. 452, contained provisions similar to this section
covering fiscal years 1978 through 1984.


1988--Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 100-483, in introductory provisions,
substituted ``not more than $15,000,000 for each of the fiscal years
ending September 30, 1990, through September 30, 1994'' for
``$10,000,000 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1985. This amount
shall be increased by $1,000,000 for each fiscal year thereafter for
four additional years'' and ``an institute or to institutes
participating in a generic mineral technology center'' for

Section Referred to in Other Sections

This section is referred to in sections 1223, 1226 of this title.

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