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.
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.
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.
Nonprofit organizations, Public and Private colleges and universities, and State and local governments may make an application for support by a named principal investigator.
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.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
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//www.grants.gov. Links to USGS program announcements are available through the internet site http://www.usgs.gov/contracts.
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.
Public Law 110-161, Organic Act 1879, 43 U.S.C. 31.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 30 to 60 days.
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.
FY 07 $0; FY 08 $960,000; and FY 09 est $960,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Regional or Local 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.