National Cooperative Geologic Mapping


To produce geologic maps of areas in which knowledge of geology is important to the economic, social, or scientific welfare of individual States. StateMap supports: (1) projects which produce new geologic maps with attendant explanatory information including correlation of map units, description of map units and symbols, stratigraphic columns, geologic sections, and other pertinent information; and (2) projects which compile existing geologic data in a digital form for inclusion in the National Digital Geologic Map Database. EdMap: Provide funding for undergraduate and graduate students in academic research programs, through cooperative agreements, that involve geologic mapping and scientific data analysis as major components; expand research and educational capacity of graduate programs that teach earth science students the techniques of geologic mapping and field data analysis; and facilitate the publication and distribution of geologic maps generated in field-based graduate academic research programs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
U.S. Geological Survey, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 No Data Available. EDMAP funded 32 students at 21 Universities on 24 Projects ; STATEMAP funded 43 states.
Fiscal Year 2018 EDMAP funded 33 students at 25 Universities on 28 Projects ; STATEMAP funded 44 states.
Fiscal Year 2019 EDMAP is in the process of funding 28 students at 22 Universities on 24 Projects ; STATEMAP is in the process of funding 44 states.
Fiscal Year 2020 In FY20, the program anticipates funding, at the very least, 25 students at 23 Universities on 20-25 projects via EDMAP; the program anticipates funding 44 states via STATEMAP.
National Geologic Mapping Reauthorization Act of 2009, Public Law 111-11.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
StateMap program is restricted by statue to State geological surveys. Where State surveys are organized under a State university system, an application may be submitted by a State college or university on behalf of the State geological survey. EdMap program is restricted to universities with geoscience or related departments or programs.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State geological surveys participating in this program and the general public will ultimately benefit from this program.
Proposals for StateMap must include a letter of support from the State Geologic Mapping Advisory Committee to qualify for funding. Proposals for EdMap must include a letter of support from a State Geologist or USGS Project Chief.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is subject to the provisions of 2 CFR Part 200 and Department of the Interior regulations 2 CFR Part 1402 and 43 CFR Part 12. Application form Standard Form (SF) 424 must be used. The application requirements as contained in the announcement package and the above regulations must be used for this program. Applications may be made only through the internet site
Award Procedure
Notification of an award is by receipt of a cooperative agreement from a U.S. Geological Survey contracting officer through FedConnect (
November 15, 2019 (Date may be adjusted slightly based on release of Program Announcement) November 15, 2019 (for both STATEMAP and EDMAP)
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
StateMap: Approval/disapproval will be announced by mid-February (or shortly after budget allocation). EdMap: Approval/disapproval will be announced by late February (or shortly after budget allocation).
Not applicable.
Statemap: Proposals must be submitted for a 1-year project period only. However, projects that were approved and funded during the previous fiscal year may be submitted as renewals (competing continuations). A completely new proposal subject to full review, must be submitted each year. EdMap: Proposals may be submitted which request a performance period of 1 year at a time. Student mapping projects may last up to 2 years, however, each year a separate proposal must be submitted. Students are only allowed two years of EdMap funding. Funding for year two will be determined through the annual competitive announcement.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria for selecting proposals for both Statemap and EdMap are included in the Geological Survey program announcements.
How may assistance be used?
STATEMAP: Only one application will be accepted from each State geological survey. State proposals cannot include in-kind services by the U.S. Geological Survey. Travel to meetings of professional societies is not an acceptable expense for the program, nor are funds intended for the purchase of computer hardware, software, or other nonexpendable property. Student tuition or reimbursement is not an allowable expense. EdMap: Proposals cannot include a request for in-kind services by the U.S. Geological Survey. Funds are not intended for the purchase of capital equipment. Student tuition or reimbursement is not an allowable expense. For further information, please contact the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
Recipients are subject to the audit requirements of 2 CFR Part 200 Subpart F.
All records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the final financial report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. The Statemap program is required by Public Law 111-11 to be carried out on a 1:1 matching basis; each recipient must match each Federal dollar with a nonfederal dollar. The nonfederal share may be contributions of services or cash provided to contractors to perform geologic mapping or other services directly applicable to proposed work on the project. The specific source(s) of the State contribution, such as State legislative appropriation, must be provided in the proposal. The EdMap program is required by Public Law 111-11 to be carried out on a 1:1 matching basis; each recipient must match each Federal dollar with a nonfederal dollar. The nonfederal share may be a contribution of funds or services. Such services can include those related to the student research project or cash provided to contractors, i.e., field assistants to perform geologic mapping or other services directly applicable to proposed work on the project. Student tuition is not an allowable expense for direct cost or match for either Statemap or EdMap.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award. Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact Darcy K. McPhee, Associate Program Coordinator, National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, E-mail:
Headquarters Office
Darcy K. McPhee
Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, MS 908 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive,
Reston, VA 20192 US
Phone: (703)648-6973
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$5,982,437.00; FY 19 est $5,982,437.00; FY 20 est $5,982,437.00; - FY20 amount is an estimate based on prior year funding levels; flat funding is anticipated in FY20.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
StateMap: $8,000 to $364,442; proposal average $115,064. EdMap: $5,572 to $10,948 per student; average per student $7,971. The maximum award allowed per graduate student is $17,500 and $10,000 per undergraduate student.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 Bedrock Geologic Mapping of the Northern Arrowhead Area, northeast Minnesota, scale 1:100,000; Geologic Mapping of Texas Mineral/Earth Resources: Sand Resources of Central and South Central Texas (Somerset, Rossville, and Katemcy Quadrangles, 1:24,000); Geologic Mapping in the Middle Columbia Basin, North-Central Oregon.
Fiscal Year 2018 Bedrock Geologic Mapping in St. Louis County, northeast Minnesota, scale 1:100,000 (Minnesota Geological Survey)
Fiscal Year 2019 Geologic mapping of the Georgetown and Montpelier 7.5’ quadrangles, Idaho – New Mapping in the Preston Project (Idaho Geological Survey)
Fiscal Year 2020 Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that produce detailed geologic maps and three-dimensional framework models that help to sustain and improve the quality of life and economic vitality of the Nation and to mitigate natural hazards.


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