National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program

Grant Program

Annually, a grant program announcement solicits proposals to inventory geoscientific collections, create metadata for individual samples, enhance digital infrastructure, and rescue data.

The Grant Program is administered by the USGS and includes state geological surveys and bureaus within the Department of the Interior (DOI) that maintain geological and geophysical data and samples. Other organizations are encouraged to participate in the Grant Program by partnering with eligible federal and state agencies. The federal share of any state originated activity may not exceed 50% of the total cost. The state match may include funding from the state geological survey, other state agency, and private industry. Annually, the availability of grants is generally announced in December and proposals are due in late January/early February. Funding is awarded for successful proposals in mid- to late-summer. Successful candidates have one year to complete the work stated in their proposals. 

2017 Grant Proposal Process is closed

The 2017 grant opportunity for state geological surveys closed on January 31, 2017. State geological surveys will be notified of funding decisions in May 2017. The next grant opportunity for state geological surveys will be announced in November/December 2017. 

The 2017 request for proposals for USGS data preservation projects should be available in spring 2017, as federal budgets become more certain.

Please contact the NGGDPP with questions (