The promotion of clean and safe development of our Nation’s vast energy resources is in the national interest.  The prudent development of these natural resources is essential to ensuring the Nation’s geopolitical security.  Sound policymaking regarding these resources should be informed through transparent processes that employ the best available peer-reviewed science and economics.

The Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of the Interior (DOI), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) each have a critical role to play in developing timely, policy-relevant science. In 2012, these three Agencies agreed to develop a multi-agency research plan to address the highest priority research questions associated with safely and prudently developing unconventional shale gas and tight oil reserves. The Steering Committee finalized the Federal Multiagency Collaboration on Unconventional Oil and Gas Research: A Strategy for Research and Development in 2014.

This program focuses on the timely, policy-relevant science directed to research topics where collaboration among the three Agencies can be most effectively and efficiently conducted. The research provides results and identifies technologies that support sound policy decisions to ensure the prudent development of energy sources while protecting human health and the environment.

Informational Resources

Report on the Multiagency Collaboration on Unconventional Oil and Gas Research - Report to Congress, December 2015Federal Multiagency Collaboration on Unconventional Oil and Gas Research - A Strategy for Research and DevelopmentMemorandum of Agreement                                                                                                             


For information on the unconventional oil and gas research portfolios from each agency, please visit:

  • U.S. Department of Energy: /fe/science-innovation/oil-gas-research/shale-gas-rd
  • U.S. Department of Interior:
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: link to come