Alpha Foundation
for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health, Inc.
18 November 2013: Individual Project Synopses-First Solicitation Funded Projects

Potomac Falls, VA. The Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health, Inc., is pleased to provide a compilation of the individual synopses of all funded projects, under the first solicitation cycle.  The Foundation is pleased to note the important partnerships formed between research organizations and operating companies to achieve the research objectives of these projects. The synopses can be found here.

24 October 2013: Call for Proposals for Short-Term Innovative and Exploratory Research Projects
The emphasis for this solicitation is to encourage new, exploratory and developmental research efforts, seeking innovative thinking and solutions to mining health and safety problems.  The Foundation will be accepting proposals for this solicitation until December 15, 2013 with awards planned for the first quarter of 2014. The detailed solicitation can be found here.

30 September 2013: Announcement of $9.5 Million in Research Grant Awards

Potomac Falls, VA The Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health  announces approximately $9.5 million in research grant awards towards fulfilling its vision of enabling miners to be free of work-related injury and disease in the near future.

The Foundation has been most pleased with the depth of research and innovation evident in the proposals and the potential impact on safety and health needs in the mining industry, said Dr. Michael Karmis, President of the Foundation.

The detailed announcement, including information on grant agreement recipients by the four focus area identified by the foundation (Safety, Health, Safety and Health Management and Training) can be found here.

The Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health, Inc.

The Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health, Inc. (Foundation) was established as part of a Non-Prosecution Agreement (Agreement) entered in December 2011 by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of West Virginia, the United States Department of Justice and Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. ("Alpha") and Alpha Appalachia Holdings, Inc. This Agreement was related to the explosion at Upper Big Branch Mine, an underground coal mine owned by Performance Coal Company, a former affiliate of Massey Energy Company, which Alpha acquired in June 2011, over a year following the UBB explosion. Pursuant to that agreement, Alpha agreed to establish a trust to fund projects designed to improve mine health and safety by providing $48,000,000 into the trust.

The guiding principles of the Foundation as set by its charter and the Board of Directors are:
  • Mission: To improve mine health and safety through funding research and development projects by qualified academic institutions and other not-for-profit organizations
  • Vision: To enable miners in the future to be free of work-related injury or disease by the implementation of the results of the projects funded by the Foundation and undertaken by the best researchers from any discipline that can contribute.
As mentioned in the first report of the Board of Directors (see Report_Fall_2012.pdf), the Foundation is seeking participation from outstanding researchers and organizations and it is committed to fund projects that explore innovative ideas and concepts, complement existing research efforts and address knowledge gaps in mine safety and health research.

The Directors are looking forward to working with the safety and health research community and all stakeholders to advance projects that can fulfill the Foundation’s vision of eliminating work-related injury and disease for the nation’s miners.  The Foundation also encourages interested research groups to follow its progress and solicitation schedule via this website.