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PHSMA Research Awards

PHMSA Solicits Proposals for Pipeline Safety Research and Development Program Research Awards

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced today that its Pipeline Safety Research and Development (R&D) Program is accepting proposals for research awards for research focusing on pipeline threat prevention; pipeline leak detection; pipeline anomaly detection/characterization; underground natural gas storage; and liquefied natural gas. PHMSA’s R&D Program awards funding to eligible entities to stimulate research into, and promote commercialization of, new technologies that can help protect people, property, and the environment from pipeline failures while keeping the energy sector operating uninterrupted. Eligible applicants include universities and other academic institutions; individuals; profit organizations; nonprofit organizations; states; U.S. territories and possessions; American Indian tribes; and local governments. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. EDT on August 8, 2017. See the PHMSA homepage for the complete Research Announcement, which includes details on research topics; award information; eligibility; requirements; and submission instructions. Contact for media: Patricia Klinger 202-366-4831


The mission of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is to protect people and the environment by advancing the safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials that are essential to our daily lives. PHMSA develops and enforces regulations for the safe operation of the nation’s 2.7 million- mile pipeline transportation system and the nearly 1 million daily shipments of hazardous materials by land, sea, and air. Please visit http://phmsa.dot.gov orhttps://twitter.com/PHMSA_DOT for more information.

Russel Treat

Russel Treat is an industry leader, software entrepreneur, podcaster, and trusted subject matter expert specializing in oil and gas pipeline operations, custody transfer measurement, leak detection, and automation. Russel’s extensive knowledge of pipeline and control room operations gained over 30 years of projects led to the creation of a complete software suite known as POEMS ™ (Pipeline Operations Excellence Management System) delivered through EnerSys Corporation.

As CEO of EnerSys, Russel is committed to delivering the highest value to pipeline operators by addressing their greatest needs and concerns, especially operational efficiency, safety and government regulation.

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