ED Map (EDMAP) Funding
Since 1996, more than $4 million from the NCGMP have supported geologic mapping efforts of more than 600 students working
with more than 214 professors at 131 universities in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Funds for graduate
projects are limited to $15,000 with undergraduate project funds limited to $7,500. These funds are used to cover field expenses
and map production, but not faculty salaries. The college or university matches the EDMAP funding.
The actual amount of Federal funds that are available each year to the EDMAP component is based on a formula
determined by the National Geologic Mapping Act and its latest reauthorization.
- September: Program Announcement opens.
- Mid November: Program Announcement closes and proposals are submitted online to the USGS
- Early January: EDMAP Evaluation Panel meets.
- February: Final funding decisions are made.
- March: Funds are distributed to colleges and universities based on project start dates.
Each September, the EDMAP Program Announcement is distributed online. Detailed instructions for submitting
EDMAP proposals can be found in the Program Announcement. It is imperative that they be precisely followed.
Applications are processed through the Grants.gov Web site. Colleges and universities have until November to complete
their project proposals and submit them online to the USGS Office of Acquisitions and Grants, where they are processed and
then forwarded to the NCGMP for evaluation. Copies of the proposals are sent to the EDMAP Evaluation Panel, which meets in
early January to evaluate each proposal. Once funding levels are finalized for the current fiscal year, the Program Coordinator/s
determine the amount to be allocated to each EDMAP proposal. Actual funds are distributed to individual colleges and universities
according to project start dates.
A National EDMAP Evaluation Panel, which has three USGS members, five university members, and two State Geologists,
meets each January to evaluate EDMAP proposals. Each project proposal is given a numerical score based on its coordination
with State Geological Survey or USGS ongoing projects, project justification, technical quality, mentoring strategy, and
budget justification. The amount of funding is tied to this score.
Evaluation of Deliverables
Deliverables are due from each project one year from its start date, although an extension of a few months may be
granted. These products are examined by the Program Coordinator/s as they are received. If the products are not received
by the due date, or the quality of the products does not meet agreed-upon terms, the college or university is not eligible
for funding in the next proposal cycle.
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