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USGS Financial Assistance Programs

Refer to the complete Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) entry for applicant eligibility and program contacts (https://www.cfda.gov/). All programs are 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 all USGS Financial Assistance programs. Applications may be made only through http://www.grants.gov.

Refer to individual application packages posted to Grants.gov for application deadlines.

Annual Program Announcements

CFDA Program Title Program Description
15.805 Assistance to State Water Resources Research Institutes To provide financial support to Water Resources Research Institutes located at designated State universities in each of the 50 States, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia for research, information transfer and student training on one or more aspects of priority water problems.
15.807 Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program To support earthquake hazards research and monitoring in order to develop information, knowledge, and methods relevant to the major Earthquake Hazards Program elements: Assessment and Characterization of Earthquake Hazards; Monitoring and Reporting Earthquake Activity and Crustal Deformation; Conducting Research into Earthquake Causes and Effects; and Earthquake and Safety Information for Loss Reduction. Specific objectives and research tasks identified as measures of progress towards the goals of these program elements are described in greater detail in Program Announcements posted to Grants.gov.
15.808 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.
15.809 National Spatial Data Infrastructure Cooperative Agreements Program The purpose of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure Cooperative Agreements Program (NSDI CAP) is to fund innovative projects in the geospatial data community to build the infrastructure necessary to effectively discover, access, share, manage, and use digital geospatial data. The NSDI consists of the technologies, policies, organizations, and people necessary to promote cost-effective production, ready availability, and greater utilization of geospatial data among a variety of sectors, disciplines, and communities. Specific NSDI CAP areas of emphasis include: documenting, implementing, and providing outreach standards including metadata; expanding geographic information coordination accross and between organizational levels; promoting geospatial best practices; advancing geospatial related Web services; framework development; and clearinghouse establishment. The results of the awarded projects benefit multiple Federal agencies as well as the overall geospatial community.
15.810 National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program 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.
15.811 Gap Analysis Program Studies where native animal species and natural plant communities occur and identifies "gaps" in their representation to support conservation of biodiversity.
15.812 Cooperative Research Units Program To work in partnership with States and universities to address the information needs of local, State, and Federal fish, wildlife, and natural resource agencies through research, technical assistance, and education. 
15.814 National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program To preserve and provide access to geological, geophysical, and engineering samples (and any related data) extracted from the Earth to improve the breadth of information available and to inform science and decision making now and in the future.
15.815 National Land Remote Sensing Education Outreach and Research To promote the uses of space-based land remote sensing data and technologies through education and outreach at the State and local level and through university based and collaborative research projects. Technologies of interest include multispectral and hyper-spectral electro-optical, thermal, and radar.
15.816 Minerals Resources External Research Program To conduct research in topics related to nonfuel mineral resources in order to (1) understand fundamental Earth processes forming mineral resources, (2) understand the environmental behavior of mineral resources and their waste products, (3) provide inventories and assessments of mineral resources, (4) understand the effects of mineral development on natural resources, and (5) understand the availability and reliability of mineral resource supplies.
15.817 National Geospatial Program To organize, maintain, publish, and disseminate the geospatial baseline of the Nation’s topography, natural landscape, and built environment through The National Map, a set of basic geospatial information provided as a variety of products and services; to foster a general understanding of broad geographic patterns, trends, and conditions; and to increase the efficiency of the Nation’s geospatial community by improving communications about geospatial data, products, services, projects, needs, standards, and best practices.
15.818 Volcano Hazards Program Research and Monitoring To advance the scientific understanding of volcanic processes and to lessen the harmful impacts of volcanic activity. The Volcano Hazards Program (VHP) monitors active and potentially active volcanoes, assesses their hazards, responds to volcanic crises, and conducts research on how volcanoes work to fulfill a Congressional mandate (Public Law 93-288) that the USGS issue "timely warnings" of potential volcanic hazards to responsible emergency-management authorities and to the populace affected. VHP provides domestic assistance in order to expand the expertise and capabilities applied to fulfilling its mission.
15.819 Energy Cooperatives to Support the National Coal Resources Data System To collect, interpret, correlate, and evaluate energy-related stratigraphic, chemical, and GIS data that support USGS Energy Resources Program research initiatives; to build and maintain national energy databases of; to conduct energy related research and apply knowledge gained to conduct resource assessments within the United States in order to further the understanding of energy resources within a global, geologic, economic and environmental context.
15.820 National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

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To enable the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and the eight Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (DOI CSC) to be responsive to the research and management needs of Federal and State agencies by working with partners to provide science and technical support regarding the impacts of climate change in fish, wildlife, plants and ecological processes and the mechanisms for adaptation to, mitigation of, or prevention of those impacts. Center activities will focus on providing national and regional habitat and population modeling and forecasting tools, integrating physical climate models with ecological models, assessing vulnerabilities and forecasting changes, and developing standardized approaches.
15.978 Upper Mississippi River System Long Term Resource Monitoring Program To provide decision makers with information needed to maintain the Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS) as a sustainable large river ecosystem given its multiple-use character. Congress has declared the UMRS to be both a nationally significant ecosystem and a nationally significant commercial navigation system. The long-term goals of the LTRMP are to: understand the UMRS ecosystem, monitor trends and effects with respect to selected resources, develop resource management alternatives, manage information, and develop useful products.
15.979 Hurricane Sandy Program To support research and data collection complementary to continued USGS activities supporting recovery and restoration efforts related to Hurricane Sandy. This entry covers a variety of USGS assistance awards funded through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act. Data, tools, and information produced through these research and data collection efforts will 1) further characterize impacts and changes, 2) guide mitigation and restoration of impacted communities and ecosystems, 3) inform a redevelopment strategy aimed at developing resilient coastal communities and ecosystems, 4) improve preparedness and responsiveness to the next hurricane or similar coastal disaster, and 5) enable improved hazard assessment, response, and recovery for future storms along the hurricane prone shoreline of the United States.
15.980 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, and enhancing data collection and/or data management techniques to make the data compatible with the network design.

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