dot pipeline compliance news | October 2018
PHMSA Awards $3.8 Million to 11 Universities to Support Pipeline Safety Tech Research
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) announced that it is
providing a total of $3,855,575 to 11 universities as part of its Competitive Academic Agreement Program (CAAP) for pipeline
safety research and innovation. The awards will go to: Arizona State University, The Ohio State University, The University
of Akron, University of Alaska-Anchorage, University of Texas at Austin, Montana State University, and the University of
Oklahoma to spur the development of research projects that could prevent or mitigate pipeline corrosion.
“This funding supports engineering and science students at universities across our country engaging in innovative solutions
to some of our greatest challenges in pipeline safety,” said PHMSA Administrator Skip Elliott. “Students participating in
CAAP research projects will evaluate new approaches to reducing corrosion across our nation’s 2.7 million mile pipeline network.”
Established in 2013, the CAAP, through cooperative agreement awards, has invested more than $5.9 million in research, and
is responsible for introducing science and engineering students to pipeline design, mitigation, and corrosion issues as
part of 33 sponsored projects. Previous CAAP projects to advance pipeline safety include measuring pipe strength,
corrosion prevention, and detecting methane emissions.