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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Nearly $8 Million in Pipeline Safety R&D Awards

Monday, October 5, 2020

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced an award package totaling $7,810,213. The awards will fund 10 pipeline safety research and development (R&D) projects to develop innovative solutions to improve pipeline safety and reduce the environmental impact of pipeline incidents. 

“Safety is the Department’s top priority, and this $7.8 million federal investment will fund critical research to strengthen safety in our nation’s pipeline network,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. 

The awards announced today will support the development of research projects that address pipeline safety priorities including Damage/Threat Prevention, Leak Detection, Anomaly Detection/Characterization, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), and Improved Materials. Project awardees will contribute an additional $4,082,308 in cost-share funds.

“These R&D awards are a win-win for pipeline safety and the talented researchers that have the honor of tackling some very complex issues for the benefit of all Americans,” said PHMSA Administrator Howard “Skip” Elliott.

A Merit Review Panel consisting of 28 members from PHMSA, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the pipeline and LNG industries reviewed 21 project applications. PHMSA solicited proposals for a total of 13 research topics.

Read the complete list of awarded projects here. For more information on PHMSA pipeline R&D projects, read here.


The mission of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) 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 2.8 million-mile pipeline transportation system and the nearly one million daily shipments of hazardous materials by land, sea, and air.  Please visit or for more information.