U.S. Geological Survey_ Research and Data Collection


To support research complementary to USGS program efforts in classification of the public lands and examination of the geological structure, water, mineral, and biological resources, and products of the national domain. This entry covers a variety of USGS assistance awards not covered by any other CFDA program entries. Awards are typically supported by funding from internal projects and programs, and funds are not separately budgeted or reserved for external projects or proposals under this entry.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: U.S. Geological Survey
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Approximately 600 awards were made to support the Geological Survey's earth science research mission. Fiscal Year 2015: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2016: Not current data available.
Organic Act of 1879, 43 U.S.C. 31, 43 U.S.C. 36c., 43 U.S.C. 36d.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Profit organizations, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, and State and local governments may make application for support by a named principal investigator. Due to limited availability of funds to support new external projects, consultation with USGS is strongly recommended prior to submission of applications.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Profit organizations, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, and State and local governments, industry and public decision makers, research scientists, engineers, and the general public will ultimately benefit from knowledge gained under the program.
Proposals must furnish evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed research. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
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. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
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 http://www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure
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/).
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 3 to 6 months.
None. Applications maybe revised and resubmitted.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Scientists within the Geological Survey will review and evaluate all applications consistent with authorized USGS program purposes. Criteria for judging applications will include scientific excellence and relevance to the solution of important problems within the mission of the Geological Survey. Applications will be funded only to the extent permitted by available funds.
How may assistance be used?
Applications must be for scientific research projects which are within the Survey's area of responsibility. The majority of funds are used to support research that will enhance existing, long-term collaborative projects. Funds can be used for attendance at national conferences for the dissemination of project results. Further, conferences and symposia will be supported only if it is clear that equivalent results cannot be obtained at regular meetings of professional societies. Office furniture, office equipment, and foreign travel are not normally considered for support. Funds are set aside for discretionary activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual and final technical reports, as well as other products, are required and must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions. Annual and final financial reports must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Annual and final financial reports must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal 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. 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
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Generally, no statutory requirement. Recipients are encouraged to share in the cost of each research project. Appropriations language requires cooperating State and local governments to contribute at least one-half the cost of certain cooperative water resources investigation and cooperative mapping projects.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants and cooperative agreements will normally be awarded in, but not restricted to, 12 month budget periods. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the appropriate regional office, depending on the location of the study. For Alabama, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, write: Office of Acquisition and Grants, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 211, Reston, VA 20192. Telephone (703) 648-7485. For Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming, write: Office Acquisitions and Grants, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225. Telephone: (303) 236-9315. For Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, write: Office of Acquisition and Grants, U.S. Geological Survey,. Modoc Hall, USGS, 3020 State University Drive East, Suite 2002,
Sacramento, CA 95819. Telephone: (916) 278-9325.
Headquarters Office
Geological Survey, This is not a single formal program; awards are not centrally managed or coordinated. Refer to Branch or Local Office contacts., Reston, Virginia 20192 Phone: (703) 648-4582.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 14 $43,562,334; FY 15 est $35,000,000; and FY 16 est $35,000,000 - (Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 14 $43,562,334; FY 15 est $35,000,000; and FY 16 est $35,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$1,000 to $1,866,000; average $70,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
USGS Guide for Submission of Unsolicited Proposals is available at: http://www.usgs.gov/contracts/unsolbk.html
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: Not Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.


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