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PUBLIC LAW 98-000—MMMM. DD, 1984

PUBLIC LAW 98-409—AUG. 29, 1984

98 STAT. 1537

pects of mining, mineral resources, and mineral reclamation. Such research, investigation, demonstration, experiment, and training shall consider the interrelationship with the natural environment, the varying conditions and needs of the respective States, and mining and mineral resources research projects being conducted by agencies of the Federal and State governments and other institutes. RESEARCH FUNDS TO INSTITUTES

SEC. 2. (a) There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary Appropriation $10,000,000 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1985. This authorization. amount shall be increased by $1,000,000 for each fiscal year thereaf- 30 USC 1222. ter for four additional years, which shall remain available until expended. Such funds when appropriated shall be made available to institutes to meet the necessary expenses for purposes o— f (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 mM institutes; and (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. O> Each application for funds under subsection (a) of this section t) 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) 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 fellowships. (d) No funds shall be made available under subsection (a) of this Prohibitions. 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) No funds made available under this section shall be applied to Prohibitions. the acquisition by purchase or lease of any land or interests therein,