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September 28, 2020 USGS has issued the Fiscal Year 20/21 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the 3D Elevation Program.

The BAA provides detailed information about how to partner with the USGS and other Federal agencies to acquire high-resolution 3D Elevation (3DEP) data.  Applicants may contribute funds toward lidar data acquisition via the Geospatial Products and Services Contracts or they may request 3DEP funds toward lidar data acquisition where the requesting partner is the acquiring authority. Federal agencies, State and local governments, Tribes, academic institutions and the private sector are eligible to submit proposals.  

“We greatly value the tremendous collaboration of our many partners through the BAA process” said Kevin Gallagher, USGS Associate Director for Core Science Systems.  “Despite the significant challenges facing our country due to COVID19, we are continuing to execute our program and remain poised to develop and deliver partnerships that advance us towards the shared goal of completing national 3DEP acquisition by 2023".

A national public webinar designed to provide instructions on preparing BAA submissions was conducted on August 19, 2020.  The webinar presentation, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and other BAA reference materials are available on the FY21 BAA page at Questions about the BAA can be submitted to

Information and contacts for the FY20/21 BAA are now available at (Reference Number: DOIGFBO200046) and (Funding Opportunity Number: G20AS00104).  Proposals are due by 5:00 pm Eastern, November 13, 2020.

About 3DEP and the BAA

To respond to growing needs for high-quality elevation data, the goal of 3DEP is to complete acquisition of nationwide lidar (IfSAR in Alaska) by 2023 to provide the first-ever national baseline of consistent high-resolution elevation data – both bare earth and 3D point clouds – collected in a timeframe of less than a decade.  High-quality elevation data are critical to a wide array of nationally significant applications including flood-risk management, infrastructure management, critical minerals exploration, energy development, natural-hazard evaluation and mitigation, agriculture and resource management, and conservation. 

3DEP is designed to provide more than $690 million annually in benefits to government entities, the private sector and citizens. The program presents a unique opportunity for collaboration between all levels of government to leverage the services and expertise of private-sector mapping firms that acquire the data and to create jobs now and in the future.  More information about 3DEP can be found at

Since 2015, more than 250 federal, state, local and non-government partners have collaborated to acquire more than 2 million square miles of 3DEP data across the nation. Currently, 3DEP data are available or in-work for more than 70% of the nation and are available for download through The National Map.

The 3DEP BAA is a public process to develop partnerships for the collection of lidar and derived elevation data for 3DEP. The 3DEP BAA provides an opportunity for ongoing national collaboration so that Federal, State, and local governments, the private sector and citizens may have access to and derive benefits from 3D elevation data. More information about the BAA process is available at

Map of Fiscal Year 2020 status of 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) quality data, as of September 2020.
Map of Fiscal Year 2020 status of 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) quality data, as of September 2020. The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeks submission of proposals to continue to expand the extent of lidar data that meet 3DEP specifications. (Public domain.)


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