RESTON, VA — The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is currently soliciting project proposals for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 – 2024 grants for geologic data preservation and is authorized to award up to $11 million. This includes $10 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law investments. Interested State Geological Surveys can apply online at GRANTS.GOV under funding Opportunity Number G23AS00011.
USGS seeks geologic data preservation proposals from state geological surveys
The grants offered through the USGS National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program are provided to increase preservation and access to geoscientific collections, enhance digital and physical infrastructure storing and serving these collections, and modernize valuable data resources for reuse.
The National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation 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 USGS National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program’s capacity to support preservation activities of physical samples and earth science assets for future use, to inform new scientific discovery, hazard mitigation, infrastructure development, critical minerals characterization and climate resilience.
The National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation 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:
- The Kentucky Geological Survey used grant money to augment an online database of oil and gas wells, borehole data, and imagery for the Kentucky Oil and Gas Repository, increasing access for regulators, companies, and researchers.
- The Tennessee Geological Survey used grant money to provide digital access to historical coal mining maps and documents. The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Land Reclamation Section have benefited from the increased access to the coal information they need to plan mine reclamation projects in Tennessee.
- The Iowa Geological Survey used grant money to create the GeoCore web application for its geologic data, including information from the Mid-Continent Rift, an area of great interest for possible critical mineral resources.
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 USGS is investing funding received from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law can be found on the USGS Bipartisan Infrastructure Law website.