Gap Analysis Program

Studies where native animal species and natural plant communities occur and identifies "gaps" in their representation to support conservation of biodiversity.

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Examples of Funded Projects

In FY 08, the project, "A distributed graduate seminar to analyze the priorities, obstacles and opportunities that exist for the implementation of the U.S.

State Wildlife Action Plans" was funded.

Please see website for additional projects and information.

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.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

In FY 08, 13 cooperative agreements were awarded to carry out the GAP Analysis Program. The number of agreements in future years is expected to be similar.

Uses and Use Restrictions

GAP is used by Federal agencies, State agencies and other governmental bodies to develop land use or acquisition plans that incorporate information about the presence and distribution of biodiversity.

There are no use restrictions.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Profit organizations, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, State and local governments, as well as the general public will ultimately benefit from this program.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Application form SF-424, 424-A, and 424-B. Applications must be submitted electronically through

Award Procedures

Notification of an award is by a cooperative agreement document signed by a contracting officer.


The application submission deadline is available on .


Endangered Species Act of 1973,16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq., Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, 16 U.S.C. 742 et seq., Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. 661 et seq., Omnibus appropriations Act, Public Law 108-7.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The timeframe is available on





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Cooperative agreements will normally be awarded in 12 month budget periods.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual and final technical and financial reports are required.


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 Circular No. A-133.


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

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $1,800,000; FY 08 est $2,100,000; and FY 09 est $1,500,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$23,745 to $462,197; Average of $98,713.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The program announcement is available on the Internet at and

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Program Coordinator of the National GAP Program, 530 S Asbury Suite 1, Moscow, ID 83843.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Scientists within the Geological Survey will review and evaluate all applications submitted. Criteria for judging applications will include scientific excellence and relevance to the solution of important problems within the mission of the Geological Survey. Generally, applications will be funded only to the extent permitted by available funds.

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