Geodetic Surveys and Services (Geodesy and Applications of the National Geodetic Reference System)


To provide a national, coordinated spatial reference system at various specified intervals which provide scale, orientation, coordinated positions, and elevations of specific points for use in surveying, boundary delineations and demarcation, mapping, planning, and development; to provide assistance to State, local, municipal, and regional agencies in the development and implementation of Multipurpose Land Information Systems (MPLIS)/Geographic Information Systems (GIS) pilot projects and spatial reference system development and/or enhancement, and Height Modernization. For the Joint Hydrographic Center (JHC) improve the techniques and technology of hydrographic surveying, hydrographic services, and ocean mapping.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 $1,839,836 *Enhanced the geodetic infrastructure by integrating the vertical control established by a regional network of Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) sites with tide gauges located along the northern Gulf coast. *Conducted several geospatial workshops and trainings in the gulf coast region. *Performed QA/QC of Lidar pilot projects in the gulf coast region. *Continued the densification and lifecycle replacement of CORS throughout the Gulf Coast region. For JHC, FY 2014-Improved technology for seafloor characterization and habitat mapping using multibeam echo sounders, airborne lidar, and satellite imagery. FY 15 Transitioned technology for multi-resolution grids to private sector for incorporation into operational hydrographic software, and developed improved concepts for visualization of currents on electronic graphic displays. FY 16 JHC will investigate improvements in autonomous technology for hydrographic surveying, and use of scanning lidars for coastal feature mapping.
Fiscal Year 2017 $1,839,836
Coast and Geodetic Survey Act,, Public Law 80-373, 33 U.S.C. 892
Commerce and Trade, 15 U.S.C. 1525
Coast and Geodetic Survey Act,, Public Law 80-373, 33 U.S.C. 883 (a,d,e)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State, local, municipal, universities and/or regional agencies. For the JHC, limited to the Universities.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State, local, municipal, universities and/or regional agencies. For the JHC limited to the Universities.
An official of the State, local, municipal, university and/or regional agency should certify as the official authorized, in accordance with State, local, municipal, or regional agency law, to commit the State, local, municipal, university and/or regional agency to participate in the grant program, to sign project documents, and to receive payments. For the JHC, an approved official of the selected university should certify the application to commit the university to participate in the cooperative agreement and to receive payments in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Proposals are submitted Standard Form 424 via Applicants will need to enter the Funding Opportunity number and/or CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. Submission of grant application on Standard Form 424 to the Director, National Geodetic Survey For JHC, proposals are required to be submitted on Standard Form 424 via
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed and recommended for funding by the National Geodetic Survey and processed and awarded by the NOAA Grants Management Division. For JHC, applications are reviewed and recommended for funding by the Office of Coast Survey and processed and awarded by the NOAA Grants Management Division.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Up to 240 days
No formal appeal procedure for grant applications. If grant applications are unacceptable, the reasons are fully stated to the applicants. If the applicants desire to resubmit grant applications, projects must be revised in accordance with recommended changes.
An approved on-going project can be extended by submission of an amendment request for continuation and/or supplemental funding, providing the request for extension is received 60 days prior to the end of the award period. For JHC, Cooperative agreements are awarded as 5-yr, multiyear awards, with annual funding subject to availability. 5-yr renewals are by new competition.
How are proposals selected?
Typically, criteria for selecting proposals include: 1) Importance and/or relevance and applicability of proposal to the program goals; (2) Technical Merit; (3) Overall qualifications for applicants; (4) Project costs, and (5) Education and Outreach. Applicant should refer to the evaluation criteria written in the federal funding opportunity posted on For JHC, the Joint Hydrographic Center is selected competitively based on criteria defined in the Federal Funding Opportunity Notice published in
How may assistance be used?
Extend the National Spatial Reference System into areas not adequately covered to meet infrastructure needs. Use of basic data for survey system in local densification is unrestricted. Spatial Reference System coordinates and elevations describe baselines from which restricted coastal boundaries are delineated and other boundaries are marked. The National Spatial Reference System forms the standard of measurement on which State plane coordinate systems, land and utility records, and boundary delineations are based. For JHC, To conduct research and carry out development programs at the Joint Hydrographic Center at the University of New Hampshire to improve the techniques and technology of hydrographic surveying, hydrographic services, and ocean mapping, and to conduct bathymetric research in support of delineation of an extended continental shelf.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Refer to 2 CFR 200.328. The non-federal entity must submit performance reports using OMB approved standard information collection when providing performance reports.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program- specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or sub-grantees are required to be maintained by the terms of the agreement. The grantee must retain records for three years from the date when the final expenditure report is submitted.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Typically, Geodetic and Hydrographic Survey awards have a 1 year period of performance. However, applicants should rely on the funding announcements posted on for specific details pertaining to the financial assistance being sought. The Grants Officer will notify successful applicants in a written award notice when they have been selected for an award. Prior to official Grants Officer notification, other officials and employees from the operating unit are prohibited from either formally or informally notifying applicants verbally or in writing that they have been selected for awards. After consultation with the Program Officer, the Grants Officer shall determine the best method for notifying unsuccessful applicants. These notifications must be in writing. Specific details about this process can also be found in the specific funding announcements posted on
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Juliana P. Blackwell
National Geodetic Survey
1315 East West Highway
SSMC3, Station 8657

For JHC,
Andrew A. Armstrong, Office of Coast Survey,
24 Colovos Road, Durham, NH 03824,
telephone (603) 862-4559

Silver Spring, MD 20910 US
Phone: (301) 713-3228
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 17 est $2,979,455.00; FY 16$1,839,836.00; FY 18 est $2,919,319.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For Geospatial Modeling: FY16 = $2,979,455 FY17 = $2,919,319 FY18 = $3,000,000 - Estimate For JHC, FY 14 $7,083,370; FY 15 est. $6,200,000; FY 16 est. $6,200,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Regional Geospatial Modeling project The NOAA/University of New Hampshire Joint Hydrographic Center
Fiscal Year 2017 $1,839,836


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