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October 18, 2016

Calling all Earth Science professors conducting research or teaching geologic mapping. The USGS EDMAP Program is accepting funding proposals focusing on geologic mapping to support upper-level undergraduate and graduate students at their colleges or universities.

Who: Geology professors whose specialty is geologic mapping are encouraged to request EDMAP funding to support upper-level undergraduate and graduate students at their colleges or universities in a 1-year, mentor-guided geologic mapping project that focuses on a specific geographic area.

What: EDMAP is an interactive and meaningful program for university students to gain experience and knowledge in geologic mapping while contributing to national efforts to map the geology of the United States. It is a matching-funds grant program with universities and is one of the three components of the congressionally mandated National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program.

When: Proposals for fiscal year 2017 are due Nov. 9, 2016.

Where: So far, EDMAP has benefited 157 universities and more than 1,197 students from geoscience departments across the nation.

EDMAP Program supported student from William & Mary University prepare to conduct field research in 2015.


  • Students participating in the EDMAP Program receive training and firsthand field experience in geologic mapping, thus acquiring skills useful in many geoscience fields.
  • Every federal dollar that is awarded is matched with university funds. EDMAP is invaluable not only because it contributes to national geologic mapping efforts but also because it helps fund academic research, thoroughly prepares students for real-world careers in the geosciences, and gives participants a competitive edge in the job market.
  • EDMAP geology professors and their students frequently work closely with state geological surveys and USGS geologists.
  • Student work contributes to geologic mapping of the United States.
  • Past participants consider the program to be a great opportunity and one that was enjoyable and highly valuable to their careers.

How: Application Process Cooperative agreements are awarded based on a dollar-for-dollar match through an annual, competitive proposal process. Per-project funding available for graduate projects each fiscal year is $17,500; for undergraduate projects, it is $10,000. A peer-review panel consisting of university faculty, state geologists and USGS representatives determines which proposals will be awarded cooperative agreements. To apply visit: