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H.R. 1967 (114th): Ocean Acidification Innovation Act of 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 22, 2015 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 1967


April 22, 2015

(for himself and Ms. Herrera Beutler) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology


To authorize Federal agencies to establish prize competitions for innovation or adaptation management development relating to ocean acidification.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Ocean Acidification Innovation Act of 2015.



Section 12404 of the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009 (33 U.S.C. 3703) is amended by adding at the end the following:


Prize competitions


In General

Any Federal agency with a representative serving on the interagency working group established under this section may, either individually or in cooperation with one or more agencies, carry out a program to award prizes competitively under section 24 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (15 U.S.C. 3719).



Any prize competition carried out under this subsection shall be for the purpose of stimulating innovation to advance our Nation’s ability to understand, research, or monitor ocean acidification or its impacts, or to develop management or adaptation options for responding to ocean acidification.


Priority programs

Priority shall be given to establish programs under this section that address communities, environments, or industries that are in distress due to the impacts of ocean acidification, including—


the development of monitoring or management options for communities or industries that are experiencing significant financial hardship;


the development of adaptation options to alleviate economic harm and job loss caused by ocean acidification;


the development of measures to help vulnerable communities or industries, with an emphasis on rural communities and businesses; and


the development of adaptation and management options for impacted shellfish industries.