National Ground-Water Monitoring Network
To support data providers for the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network. The National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN) is a cooperative, integrated system of data collection, management, and reporting that will provide data needed to address groundwater management questions. Assistance is provided to new and existing data providers of the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network. The program will provide support to multi-state, State, Tribal, or local Water-Resource agencies which collect groundwater data to serve as data providers for the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network. Support will allow the data providers to perform tasks to get their data into the Network such as: selecting and categorizing their wells within NGWMN specifications, adding sites to the network, establishing and maintaining connections between their databases and the NGWMN Portal. Support will also allow agencies to maintain their connections to the NGWMN Portal and to enhance their networks to provide better data to the NGWMN.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
U.S. Geological Survey, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2017
Received 21 proposals. Proposals are currently under review. Twenty-three state agencies are currently providing data to the NGWMN through this program. Received 21 proposals. Awards were made to 19 agencies. Six projects were to support new data providers. The remaining projects were to support data connections for existing providers and/or to enhance NGWMN sites.Fiscal Year 2018
Received 24 proposals. Issued awards to 23 agencies. Five projects were to support new data providers. The remaining projects support existing data providers to maintain data to the NGWMN and to enhance sites.Fiscal Year 2019
Received 20 proposals and are issuing awards to 17 agencies. One project is to a new data provider and the rest are to enhance NGWMN sites. Issued a second round of funding in April. The second round closes May 31st.Fiscal Year 2020
Planning is underway for the FY20 funding opportunity. Between 20-30 proposals are expected.
Public Law 111-11, Subtitle F—Secure Water: Section 9507 “Water Data Enhancement by the United States Geological Survey
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Designations Interstate, Public nonprofit institution/organization, U.S. Territories and possessions, Private nonprofit institution/organization State Proposals will be accepted from interstate, State, U.S. territory or possession, local, public nonprofit water-resource agencies/organizations which collect and maintain groundwater-level or groundwater-quality data. Various elements of the data which are required for the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network are often available from different agencies within a state. Each agency within a state which wishes to participate in the Network can submit a proposal for their part of the work. States may also submit a single proposal that covers the work of multiple state agencies. Coordination of agencies within a state is strongly encouraged.
Federal, State, Federally recognized Indian Tribal, and local governments, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, profit organizations, industry and public decision makers, research scientists, engineers, and the general public will ultimately benefit from data made available through the program.
Proposals must include documentation of the data that are collected by the applicant that would become part of the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network. Proposals that intend to provide data that are collected by other agencies or entities generally will not be considered.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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 http://www.grants.gov.
Notification of an award is by receipt of a grant or cooperative agreement from a U.S. Geological Survey contracting officer through FedConnect (https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/).
December 19, 2019 January, 2019. See Program Announcement for application due date.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 120 days
All projects have a limited duration not to exceed two years.
How are proposals selected?
Each objective applied for within a proposal will be reviewed according to three Criteria: Relevance, Technical Quality, Proposal Quality, and Budget. A score or 1 to 10 is given for each criterion. Proposals will be reviewed and scored by the NGWMN Program Board. The Program Board is made up of Federal representatives, SOGW members, and State Data provider representatives.
How may assistance be used?
Funding will be used to 1) help new data providers participate in the network, and 2) support existing data providers. Funding for new providers primarily is intended to support data providers to select and categorize their data in accordance with the Framework document guidelines, and to make data for selected sites available to the NGWMN. Funding for existing data providers will support work to keep their connections to the NGWMN data portal up to date and to enhance their networks to improve data available to the NGWMN. This can include updating data on their wells, performing maintenance or repairs on wells to maintain the ability to collect reliable data, drilling new or replacement wells for the NGWMN.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
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. Matching Requirements: Funding is provided as a cost share. Cost share can include in-kind services. The amount of the cost share matching is not specified, but will be considered as part of proposal evaluation. In-kind services can include the costs to collect the data that will be provided to the NGWMN.
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. Funds are released as required. Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, 411 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192 US
Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, 3450
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 US
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$1,800,000.00; FY 19 est $1,800,000.00; FY 20 est $1,800,000.00; FY 17$1,150,000.00; - Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants): FY18 $1,800,000; FY19 $1,800,000, FY20 $1,800,000.
FY19 and FY20 amounts are estimates based on prior year funding levels and expected funding.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$15,000 to $150,000 per year for each of two years; average $55,000 per year.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
For FY17 proposals were received in all three areas above. Projects were funded in one of three primary areas: 1) Projects to become a new data provider to the NGWMN, 2) Projects to support agency connections to the NGWMN Data Portal, and 3) Projects that enhance the NGWMN by adding agency data, maintain sites to ensure that data collected is of good quality, and to drill replacement or new NGWMN wells.Fiscal Year 2018
Five projects were funded to become a new data provider to the NGWMN. They will be selecting sites and setting up web services to enable them to share data with the NGWMN. Several projects are being funded to maintain persistent data connection to the NGWMN from existing data providers. Several projects will be collecting data at existing sites to fill gaps in the Network, performing maintenance on existing sites, and drilling new or replacement wells for the NGWMN.Fiscal Year 2019
One project was funded to become a new data provider to the NGWMN. They will be selecting sites and setting up web services to enable them to share data with the NGWMN. Several projects are being funded to maintain persistent data connection to the NGWMN from existing data providers. Several projects will be collecting data at existing sites to fill gaps in the Network, performing maintenance on existing sites, and drilling new or replacement wells for the NGWMN. The second round of funding will support similar types of projects.Fiscal Year 2020
Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that help build the NGWMN, maintain data to the NGWMN, or enhance the NGWMN.