National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program

How to Apply


Annually, in the fall, a grant program announcement solicits proposals from state geological surveys to inventory geoscientific collections, create metadata for individual samples, enhance digital infrastructure, rescue data, and make the preserved resources publicly discoverable and available for research. The Program Announcement describes annual NGGDPP priorities and provides application instructions. Standard forms, required for federal assistance applications, are included in the grant announcement package. The Program Announcement is made available at and GrantSolutions. The application period is open approximately 8 weeks. The opportunity is advertised on the NGGDPP website. The NGGDPP notifies state geological surveys and conducts webinars explaining the opportunity and grant application process. 

Information about program announcements will be posted on this website. Annual announcements are generally released in November.

The FY2021 Program Announcement was announced November 6, 2020 and proposals were due January 8, 2021.

U.S. Geological Survey 

Funding opportunities for the preservation of geoscience materials and data may be available to U.S. Department of the Interior bureaus as funding allows and will be announced in the USGS NeedtoKnow (NTK). Proposals are submitted directly to the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program email,


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National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program