Hurricane Sandy Program

To support research and data collection complementary to continued USGS activities supporting recovery and restoration efforts related to Hurricane Sandy.

This entry covers a variety of USGS assistance awards funded through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act.

Data, tools, and information
produced through these research and data collection efforts will 1) further characterize impacts and changes, 2) guide mitigation and restoration of impacted communities and ecosystems, 3) inform a redevelopment strategy aimed at developing resilient coastal communities and ecosystems, 4) improve preparedness and responsiveness to the next hurricane or similar coastal disaster, and 5) enable improved hazard assessment, response, and recovery for future storms along the hurricane prone shoreline of the United States.

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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Awards support research and information needs related to 1) coastal topography and bathymetry, 2) impacts to coastal beaches and barriers 3) impacts of storm surge and estuarine and bay hydrology 4) impacts on environmental quality and persisting contaminant exposures, and 5) impacts to coastal ecosystems, habitats, and fish and wildlife.

Applications must be for scientific research and data collection projects which complement the Survey s Hurricane Sandy recovery and restoration efforts.

Discretionary funding available.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Proposals from State, Local, Interstate, Federally or State recognized Indian Tribal Governments, US Territories and Possessions, Institutions of Higher Education, Private Foundations, and Nonprofit Organizations are invited.

Due to limited availability of funding to support new external projects, consultation with the Geological Survey is strongly recommended prior to submission of applications.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal, State and local governments, Federally or State recognized Indian Tribal Governments, industry and public decision makers, research scientists, State institutions of higher education, private firms, private foundations, nonprofit organizations, and the general public will ultimately benefit from the program.


Proposed research application responsive to the instructions issued by the USGS. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Discussions regarding funding availability and program interest are strongly encouraged, as limited funding is available for new projects.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Application form Standard Form (SF) 424 must be used. This program is subject to the provisions of the Department of the Interior regulations at 43 CFR Part 12. 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

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 (


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Public Law 113-2 (Disaster Relief Act).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Up to 3 months.


Not Applicable.


All projects have a limited duration not to exceed two years.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project duration may not exceed two years. Funds are released as required. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released as required. Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period.

Post Assistance Requirements


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.

Progress reports are not applicable.

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

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. 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 expend 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 a year 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



(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 13 Not Available; FY 14 est $500,000; and FY 15 est $500,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$20,000 to $105,000; average $55,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

USGS Guide for Submission of Unsolicited Proposals is available at:

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Sonya Jones Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, 1770 Corporate Drive, Suite 500, Norcross, Georgia 30093 Email: Phone: (678) 924-6606

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals must address natural resource and environmental issues related to Hurricane Sandy, and similar events, which significantly impact coastal environments. Proposals will be reviewed by USGS scientists and evaluated for their scientific excellence, relevance to ongoing activities, and contributions to recovery and restoration efforts.

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