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2013 NSDI Cooperative Agreements Program

Information about the 2013 NSDI CAP (updated June 21, 2013)

How to apply training materials and webinars are available HERE.

Have questions or need help please visit the FAQ page HERE. Also see Tips for prospective CAP applicants.

Schedule

Funding for the CAP is on hold
As of June 21, 2013 the approval for the 2013 NSDI CAP is still on hold. The number awards will be reduced from previous years. When the announcement has been approved it will be posted on Grants.gov.

TDB days after it is announced and posted on Grants.gov

Closing date for the announcement- The absolute last day to submit proposals. All submittals must go through Grants.gov.
To be determined
Announcement of the awards
To be determined Orientation workshops for the award recipients

Tentative 2013 Categories

Tentative Categories Award Amount
per Award
In-kind Match

Possible  Number
of Awards

Category 1: Metadata Trainer and Outreach Assistance
Lead: Jennifer Carlino
up to $25,000 30-50% TBD
Category 2: Geospatial Digital Data Archiving Business Plan Development
Category Lead: Butch Lazorchak (Library of Congress)
up to $40,000 50% TBD
Category 3: Development of Geospatial Strategic Plans for Federally Recognized Indian Tribes
Category Lead: Tom Carlson
up to $40,000 50% TBD
Category 4: Fifty States Initiative: Business Plan Development and Implementation
Lead: Arista Maher
up to $40,000 50% TBD
Category 5: FGDC-endorsed Standards Implementation Training and Outreach
Lead: Julie Binder Maitra
up to $25,000 30-50% TBD
Category 6: Geospatial Platform Collaborative Group Development
Category Lead: Doug Nebert
up to $30,000 50% TBD
Category 7: Geospatial Platform Cloud Service Testbed
Lead: Doug Nebert
up to $25,000 50% TBD
Category 8: Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure, Alaska-Yukon Project
Lead: Doug Nebert
up to $70,000 50% TBD

Category 1: Metadata Trainer and Outreach Assistance
This category provides support to organizations with NSDI knowledge and experience to facilitate geospatial metadata implementation within their own or a partner organization. Projects can support metadata training, outreach, creation, assessment, publication assistance, and/or other efforts that enable the creation and maintenance of a sustainable metadata program. Training materials will be developed using the Metadata Core Curriculum and may be delivered via in-person, online workshops, presentations or online applications. An outreach component may include a presentation at a local, regional, or national conference. Of special interest, are projects focused on implementation of the international geospatial metadata standard, ISO 19115 Geographic Information–Metadata and associated ISO standards. This category will award up to TBD cooperative agreements of up to $25,000 each, with the recipient matching 30-50% of the award with funding or in-kind services. Category Lead: Jennifer Carlino, jcarlino@usgs.gov.

Category 2: Geospatial Digital Data Archiving Business Plan Development 
“Geoarchiving” is the identification of significant geospatial data and its preservation for future use. This category will support States in developing a geoarchiving business plan to evaluate their current situations and needs, determine the costs and benefits of a geoarchiving program and guide an operational framework for the successful design, creation and implementation of a cross-organizational, statewide geoarchiving program. The resulting business plan will follow the guidance in the GeoMAPP Geoarchiving Business Planning Toolkit. This category will award up to TBD cooperative agreements of up to $40,000 each, with the recipient matching 50% of the award with funding or in-kind services. Category Lead: Butch Lazorchak, wlaz@loc.gov.

Category 3:  Development of Geospatial Strategic Plans for Federally Recognized Indian Tribes
Projects in the category will develop and implement strategic geospatial plans for federally recognized Indian Tribes (“Tribes”) that will facilitate the coordination of programs, policies, technologies, and resources that enable the coordination, collection, documentation, discovery, distribution, exchange and maintenance of geospatial information in support of the NSDI and the objectives of the Fifty States Initiative. As a key step in implementing the NSDI, these plans will include coordination among the local Tribe and communities of interest that could potentially include other Tribes within the region or other local, State, or Federal entities. This category will award up to TBD cooperative agreements of up to $40,000 each, with the recipient matching 50% of the award with funding or in-kind services.  Category Lead: Tom Carlson, tcarlson@usgs.gov.

Category 4: Fifty States Initiative: Business Plan Development and Implementation
Project in this category will develop and implement statewide geospatial-related business plans. The plans will advance the statewide spatial data infrastructure (SSDI) and the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) by facilitating alignment of Federal agencies with statewide geospatial planning activities. State and Tribal governments and regional entities (councils of governments) may apply for awards in this category. This category will award up to TBD cooperative agreements of up to $40,000 each, with the recipient matching 50% of the award with funding or in-kind services. Category Lead: Arista Maher, amaher@fgdc.gov.

Category 5: FGDC-endorsed Standards Implementation Training and Outreach
The goal of the category is to facilitate implementation of an FGDC-endorsed standard in user communities. Not included in this category is metadata (see Category 1). Deliverables through this category might include implementation guides, training materials, and/or outreach materials. This category will award up to TBD cooperative agreements of up to $25,000 each, with the recipient matching 30-50% of the award with funding or in-kind services. Category Lead: Julie Binder Maitra, jmaitra@fgdc.gov.

Category 6: Geospatial Platform Collaborative Group Development
Projects in this category will support coordination to develop and establish groups within the Geospatial Platform that consist of State, Tribal, local and Federal partners and focus on specific thematic content or field of application. The project funds are to be used for coordinating the groups, managing an online community page, creating base maps, establishing data services, etc. The expected outcome is an operational group/community on the Geospatial Platform with active management duties to ensure it continues beyond the initial set-up period.  This category will award up to TBD cooperative agreements of up to $30,000 each with the recipient matching 50% of the award with funding or in-kind services. Category Lead: Doug Nebert, ddnebert@fgdc.gov.

Category 7: Geospatial Platform Cloud Service Testbed
This category will support State, Tribal, and/or local governments that have formal data exchange agreements with Federal agencies for collection and local management of nationally significant geospatial data, per OMB Circular A-16, and seek to deploy secure geospatial Cloud services that support Federal requirements. The result of each award in this category will be operational geospatial Cloud services for which deployment costs and performance characteristics are known and documented. This category will award up to TBD cooperative agreements of up to $25,000 each, with the recipient matching 50% of the award with funding or in-kind services. The project is expected to pay for its Cloud hosting costs with award or in-kind funds. Category Lead: Doug Nebert, ddnebert@fgdc.gov.

Category 8: Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure, Alaska-Yukon Project
This category will fund a State or local government-sponsored project in Alaska to partner with a counterpart project in the Canadian Yukon as part of joint US-Canada effort to support development and use of the Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (ASDI). Goals of the project are to develop, publish, and use federal, state, and territorial Web map and data services in support of emergency preparedness, hazards modeling, environmental monitoring, coastal planning, or resource development activities in the Arctic Coastal region of Alaska and Canada. Projects will build upon national and global map and data services portrayed in polar coordinate reference systems; publish large scale environmental, resource, and logistical data sources; and demonstrate decision support for the joint project. This category will award one cooperative agreement of up to $70,000 US and $50,000 Canadian to the selected project team, with the recipient required to match 50% of the award with funding and/or in-kind services. Category Lead: Doug Nebert, ddnebert@fgdc.gov.

See the CAP Project Administrative Guidance for information about correspondence, reimbursement, modifications, and reporting for the CAP.

Tips for prospective CAP applicants

  1. Keep the text of the proposal narrative clear and concise and try to keep within the proposal size limitation.
  2. Clearly describe the expected project outcomes and future work.
  3. Be sure to allocate appropriate resources to develop partnerships and do outreach.
  4. Take advantage of planned conferences and meeting during the course of your project.
  5. The USGS has geospatial liaisons for all the States.  They are a great resource for support and making connections.
  6. Consider organizational changes that may occur which could affect the management of the project.
  7. If hiring a consultant or obtaining contract services investigate your office’s requirements.
  8. Spend time thinking about a realistic project timeline.
  9. Don’t underestimated the time it takes to get the project started, to develop partner relationships, or to hire a consultant.
  10. Proposed realistic, achievable goals – remember the project period is one year.

Contact for general questions about the NSDI CAP: Gita Urban-Mathieux (NSDI CAP Coordinator) burbanma@fgdc.gov

 

Last Updated: Jun 21, 2013 07:36 AM
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