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RESTON, VA — The U.S. Geological Survey is currently soliciting project proposals for Fiscal Year 2024 grants for geologic data preservation and is authorized to award up to $6.2 million. This includes $5.6 million from the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Interested state geological surveys can apply online at GRANTS.GOV under funding Opportunity Number G24AS00014.  

Applications are due by December 6, 2023. More information on how to apply, as well as tips for successful proposals, can be found on the grant webpage

The grants offered through the USGS National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program are provided to increase preservation and access to geoscientific collections, enhance the digital and physical infrastructure that stores and serves these collections, and modernize valuable data resources for reuse. 

Geologic field notes for preservation
Geologic field notes for preservation.

The program is administered by the USGS and provides financial and technical assistance opportunities to state geological surveys and bureaus within the Department of the Interior that maintain geological and geophysical data and samples. 

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has expanded the program’s capacity to support preservation activities of physical samples and earth science assets for future use, informing new scientific discovery, hazard mitigation, infrastructure development, critical minerals characterization, and climate resilience. 

Improved storage of physical samples
Improved storage of physical samples

The program places high value on increasing access to preserved materials. ReSciColl, the Registry of Scientific Collections (formerly the National Digital Catalog), centralizes access and management of these materials with a map and inventory list to explore these national assets. The preserved physical materials and digital data are cataloged to make them readily available for reuse in new research. Past successful projects include: 

A complete list of previously funded projects can be found on the USGS National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program website. More information about how the USGS is investing funding received from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law can be found on the USGS Bipartisan Infrastructure Law website

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