The purpose of the Oil Pollution Research and Technology Plan (OPRTP) is to provide current assessments of the oil pollution research needs and priorities.  To that end, the principal objectives of the OPRTP are to:


  1. define common research themes related to oil pollution research;

  2. identify on a regular basis the knowledge gaps associated with common research themes and recommend what gaps should be considered as high research priorities within them;

  3. act as an umbrella or connecting document with other strategic Federal research plans (or accomplishment reports) that also address research support for oil pollution topics;

  4. document the interagency research coordination process, as well as the feedback processes developed by Federal research, management and regulatory agencies; and

  5. promote research information transfer between the government, the public and other stakeholders.

  6. encourage and track efforts to implement improvements and technological change within agency roles and responsibilities via updates in the biennial reports to Congress.

This OPRTP provides a basis for coordinating research to address oil pollution issues in the U.S.  It is primarily directed at Federal agencies with responsibilities for conducting or funding oil pollution research, but can serve as a research planning guide for industry, academia, State governments, research institutions, and other nations.

  2022-2027 Oil Pollution Research and Technology Plan

FY 2020 - 2021: Biennial Report to Congress FY 2020 - 2021

FY 2018 - 2019: Biennial Report to Congress FY 2018-2019

FY 2016 - 2017: Biennial Report to Congress FY2016-2017

FY 2014 - 2015: Biennial Report to Congress FY2014-2015        

FY 2012 - 2013: Biennial Report to Congress FY2012-2013        

FY 2010 - 2011: Biennial Report to Congress FY2010-2011

Please contact ICCOPR for previous versions of the Biennial Report