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U.S. Geological Survey_ Research and Data Collection

Number: 15.808
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: U.S. Geological Survey

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
15.808 U.S. Geological Survey_ Research and Data Collection
Federal Agency (030):
U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior
Authorization (040):
Organic Act of 1879, 43 U.S.C. 31, 43 U.S.C. 36c., 43 U.S.C. 36d.
Objectives (050):
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.
Types of Assistance (060):
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
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.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
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 (082):
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.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Proposals must furnish evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed research. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments; OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions; OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations; and Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpart 31.2 for private firms, individuals, and other nonprofits excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-122. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. These are typically individually evaluated and funded projects; there is no annual program announcement, prospectus or other invitation for applications. The standard application form SF 424 and other forms required by OMB Circular Nos. A-102 and A-110, or their successor(s), and the Department of the Interior regulation at 43 CFR Part 12, Subparts C and D, or its revisions. The application requirements as contained in the announcement package and the above regulations must be used for this program. Applications may be submitted only through the internet site http//
Award Procedure (093):
Notification of an award is by receipt of a grant or cooperative agreement from a U.S. Geological Survey contracting officer through FedConnect (
Deadlines (094):
Not Applicable.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 3 to 6 months.
Appeals (096):
None. Applications maybe revised and resubmitted.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
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 (102):
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.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Annual and final technical reports, as well as other products, are required and 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.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
All records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the final financial report.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 13 $38,009,710; FY 14 est $35,000,000; and FY 15 est $35,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
$1,175 to $1,690,000; average $58,000.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: Not current data available. Fiscal Year 2014: Not current data available. Fiscal Year 2015: Not current data available.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
USGS Guide for Submission of Unsolicited Proposals is available at:
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
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 (152):
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 (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
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.