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September 22, 2023

The U.S. Geological Survey issued a 3D National Topography Model Data Collaboration Announcement for funding partnership opportunities for elevation and hydrography data acquisition.

The 3D National Topography Model (3DNTM) Data Collaboration Announcement (DCA) is a vehicle for partnering with the USGS and other Federal agencies to cooperatively acquire high-resolution 3D elevation and 3D hydrography data.   

The DCA is a publicly accessible process for finding and selecting partnership opportunities. federal agencies, state and local governments, Tribes, academic institutions, and the private sector are eligible to submit project proposals. 

The DCA replaces the previously used Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) and facilitates data collection projects for both the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) and the 3D Hydrography Program (3DHP).  

The goal of 3DNTM is to integrate elevation and hydrography, so the most significant change is that the DCA is intended to seek partnerships for either 3DEP or 3DHP.  

In addition to appropriated funds, up to $6 million was made available under the Inflation Reduction Act to be invested in projects in fiscal year 2024.  

The partnerships allow the USGS and others to work with various stakeholders to respond to a growing need for high-quality elevation data, which benefits society in an array of nationally significant applications including flood-risk management, alternative energy development, natural-hazard evaluation and mitigation, agriculture, and conservation.  

Project submissions for fiscal year 2024 are due by 5:00 pm Eastern October 20, 2023. 

For more information, contacts and to watch a recorded webinar about DCA, please visit  

Applicants may contribute funds toward data acquisition via the Geospatial Products and Services Contracts or they may request 3DEP or 3DHP funds toward data acquisition where the requesting partner manages the data acquisition contract.   

Questions about the fiscal year 2024 DCA can be submitted to or   

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