National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation

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.


Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Multiple state geological surveys received NGGDPP funds to preserve, digitize, and disseminate fragile and unique mining documents, including exploration information and mineral property files.

The cataloged and accessible mineral property file collections provide users with assay results, geologic maps, and related data that would otherwise cost tens of thousands to millions of dollars to reproduce.

These data help drive new exploration projects and are highly utilized by the mining industry.

Mining properties that may have been uneconomical to mine when the reports were produced may now be mineable at a substantial profit.

The states benefit from increased exploration activity, and successful exploration projects generate employment and tax revenue.

The Mineral Property Files are also used by archeologists, historians, environmental consultants, legal community, and general public.

Mining documents have assisted efforts to identify environmental contamination and safety issues, and mitigate abandoned mine sites.

Fiscal Year 2018: Annually, state geological surveys request NGGDPP funds to preserve, inventory, photograph, digitize, describe, and catalog valuable rock cores extracted during drilling operations for natural resource development (oil, gas, mineral, water) and other geoscience investigations.

Drilling a borehole requires approximately $4 million.

Rock core preservation and availability to researchers reduces the need for these expensive drilling operations.

In FY18, NGGDPP funds are being used to prepare archival sets of diminishing and deteriorating core intervals from U.S.

Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) cores from wells drilled between 1975-1984.

Geophysical logs that complement the core collection are also being digitized and made publicly available.

The cores are important to a variety of research and commercial needs, including carbon sequestration, geologic stratigraphy, aquifer studies, and potential future oil and gas exploration.

The persistent demand for access to these cores, combined with their declining and often fragmented physical states, as well as the prohibitive costs to users of acquiring new core samples from the OCS, underscore the need for imminent preservation actions to ensure sustainable access.

Fiscal Year 2019: In FY19, while the Program has not yet selected projects for funding, the NGGDPP expects to award several grants to states focusing on modernizing and digitizing geologic maps for use in GIS software.

Maps digitized to known standards will be more readily integrated for spatial analyses, modeling, and 3D visualization to inform geologic investigations.


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Energy & Environmental Protection, Connecticut Department Of $ 27,468   2018-09-152019-09-14
New Jersey Department Of Environmental Protection $ 9,892   2018-09-152019-09-14
Geological Survey Of Alabama $ 22,570   2018-09-142019-09-13
Geology And Mineral Industries, Oregon Department Of $ 48,035   2018-09-142019-09-13
Board Of Regents Of The University Of Nebraska $ 15,555   2018-09-042019-09-03
Mines Minerals And Energy, Virginia Department Of $ 44,741   2018-09-012019-08-31
Natural Resources, Maryland Department Of $ 59,564   2018-09-012019-08-31
Trustees Of The Colorado School Of Mines $ 20,324   2018-09-012019-08-31
Western Michigan University $ 49,394   2018-09-012019-08-31
University Of Illinois $ 23,778   2018-09-012019-08-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Thirty-three states submitted applications. Thirty states were awarded grants totaling $968,583. Successful state applicants funded 14,256 student hours. Funded data preservation efforts included: preserving, digitizing, and publicly exposing on the Web aerial imagery, engineering reports, and geologic hazards maps and documents; preserving unique and valuable rock samples and cores, often with associated geophysical logs, maps, and other data, by improving storage conditions, repackaging, and digitizing for public exposure on the Web; and scanning and archiving oil and gas well records to encourage natural resource development and inform geologic investigations. In partnership with Association of American State Geologists, the NGGDPP conducted a successful Data Rescue and Preservation Workshop, attended by 60 representatives primarily from state geological surveys, to educate and share information about reliable practices for the preservation and public exposure of valuable data and materials to promote their use in geoscience investigations. Fiscal Year 2018: Thirty-six states submitted applications. Thirty states were awarded funds totaling $1,029,690. Successful state applicants funded 20,963 student hours. Funded data preservation efforts included: digitization and standardization of geologic maps to enable integration with other maps and spatially-relevant data; photographing rock thin sections for preservation and posting on the Web for direct study; preserving, photographing, and publicly exposing on the Web valuable rock cores, including rare cores drilled along the U.S. Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf, for study and analysis; and digitizing and posting on the Web historic mining documents, photographs, and videos to inform geologic studies and resource development. Fiscal Year 2019: In FY19, the NGGDPP anticipates receiving approximately 35 project proposals, and awarding 28 to 30 grants. The Program Announcement for NGGDPP grants is expected to be issued in November/December of 2018. No further information is available. The geoscience data, collections, and artifacts preserved by state geological surveys are described in the National Digital Catalog (https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/4f4e4760e4b07f02db47dfb4) and information about the NGGDPP is available at https://datapreservation.usgs.gov.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Specific objectives are identified in the annual program announcement.

Applications from States for proposals not covered by one of the objectives are not solicited.

For more information, please contact the Program Office.

For further information, please contact the regional office. Specific objectives are identified in the annual program announcement.

Applications from States for proposals not covered by one of the objectives are not solicited.

For more information, please contact the Headquarters Office.

For further information, please contact the regional office.

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.

Credentials/Documentation

Proposed research application responsive to the instructions issued by the USGS. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

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 Procedures

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/).

Deadlines

Dec 12, 2017 to Feb 13, 2018 December 12, 2017 to February 13, 2018. The Program Announcement was posted on grants.gov on December 12, 2017, and project proposals were due February 13, 2018.

Authorization

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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

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

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. 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. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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.

Annual and final technical reports, as well as other products, are required and must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions.

Recipients must report expenditures using the SF 425, Federal Financial Report form.

Recipients must submit a final report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date.

Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim annual reports.

Program will detail all financial reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter.

Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200.

Audits

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.

Records

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

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-0804-0-1-306.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $968,583; FY 18 est $1,029,690; and FY 19 est $950,000 - In FY18, total grant distribution amount was higher than historic values because NGGDPP received additional funds from the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program to sponsor state projects focusing on modernization and digitization of geologic maps. In FY19, external contributions are not anticipated; therefore, grant distribution amount is expected to decrease from FY18 and be solely derived from NGGDPP appropriated funds.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For FY 15, the most recent year for which totals are available: range is $3,132 to $63,320; average is $24,291. For FY16, the most recent year for which totals are available: range of financial assistance is $10,209 to $79,472; average is $37,042.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Lindsay Powers Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Box 25046, MS 975, Denver Federal Center, Core Science Systems,, Denver, Colorado 80225 Email: lpowers@usgs.gov Phone: (302)2024828

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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



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