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National Land Remote Sensing-Education Outreach And Research

Program Descriptions

Program Number



National Land Remote Sensing-Education Outreach And Research


Federal Agency




Public Law 110-161, Organic Act 1879, 43 U.S.C. 31.






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.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

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


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Nonprofit organizations, Public and Private colleges and universities, and State and local governments may make an application for support by a named principal investigator.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States, research scientists, engineers, education (0-13+) and the general public will ultimately benefit from the program.


Proposals must furnish evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed education, outreach and research activities.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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

Application Procedure

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

A panel of scientists and program managers that may include external peers will review the proposals. All proposals will be evaluated and rated in accordance with established criteria. Notification of an award is by an award document signed by a contracting officer.


Contact the headquarters for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statuatory formula.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants will normally be awarded in 12 or 24 month budget periods. The project duration is not to exceed 5 years.


Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly Financial Report, progress reports covering each year's activities 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 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 Nonprofit 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 OMB Cicular A-133.


All records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the final financial report.


Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $0; FY 08 $960,000; and FY 09 est $960,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.


Program Accomplishments

Not applicable.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature



Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Thomas Cecere, Land Remote Sensing Program Office, Geography Division, Geological Survey, 517 National Center, Reston, VA 20192. Telephone: (703) 648-5551. Use the same number for FTS. Fax: (703) 648-5939. E-mail:

Web Site Address



Related Programs



Examples of Funded Projects

The National Land Remote Sensing Education, Outreach and Research Program has funded projects that assure that all users of remotely sensed data have equal, affordable access to the data and can establish the means to conduct research using the data. Additionally, this program has funded projects focusing on K-16 outreach, remote sensing course development for the public, and the tailoring of remotely sensed imagery for State and local scientific and public use.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Panel composed of expert scientists and administrators drawn from government evaluate all assistance applications. Criteria for judging applications includes: relevance and timeliness of the proposed research to the goals of the program; technical quality of the proposal; competence of the principal investigator and recipient organization; and appropriateness and reasonableness of the budget.


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