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National Geological And Geophysical Data Preservation Program

Program Descriptions

Program Number



National Geological And Geophysical Data Preservation Program


Federal Agency




The Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 351, Public Law 109-58.






To preserve and provide access to geological, geophysical, and engineering samples (and any related data) that have been extracted from the Earth to improve the breadth of information available, to inform science and decision making now and in the future.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Specific objectives are identified in the annual program announcement. Applications for proposals not covered by one of the objectives are not solicited.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State geological surveys are eligible to apply. For State geological surveys organized under a State university system, such universities may submit a proposal on behalf of or through the State geological survey.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Research scientists, engineers, and the general public will ultimately benefit from the program.




Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

Applicants will use the standard SF 424 Application for Federal Assistance and Assurances. This program is subject to the Department of the Interior regulations at 43 CFR Part 12, Subparts C and D, or any subsequent revisions. 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// Links to USGS program announcements are available through the internet site

Award Procedure

Notification of an award is by a grant document signed by the contracting office.


Please contact program office for application deadline.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Three to six months after submittal of proposal or bureau receipt of appropriations, whichever is later.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

In order to gain the greatest leverage of limited Federal and State funds, each proposed State-originated program must show a 1:1 Federal/State match of direct-and indirect-cost dollars.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants will normally be awarded in 12-month budget periods.


Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly financial reports and final technical and financial reports are required and must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions.


Applicants agree to give the sponsoring agency, the Comptroller General, or other authorized audit agency access to and the right to examine records related to the award. Awards to educational institutions and nonprofit organizations are subject to the audit requirements of OMB Circular No. A-110, or superseding regulations. 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 receive 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 or more in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Records shall be retained and made available for audit for three years after submission of final financial report.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $180,000; FY 08 $500,000; and FY 09 est $500,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In FY 07: $5,000. In FY 08: $5,000 to $60,000.


Program Accomplishments

In FY 07, 36 states applied for and received funds to inventory their collections.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature



Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, MS 911 National Center, Reston, VA 20192. Contact Tamara Dickinson, Program Coordinator, Office of the Chief E-mail:

Web Site Address



Related Programs



Examples of Funded Projects

In Fiscal year 2007, State geological surveys had the opportunity to apply for $5,000.00 from National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program to inventory their collections. Thirty-six states applied for and were granted these funds.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Relevance to announced priorities, technical merit, and prospect of attaining program objectives.


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