U.S. Geological Survey
Mineral Resources External Research Program
Funding Opportunity and Award Description
The Mineral Resources Program (MRP) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is offering a grant and/or cooperative agreement opportunity, called the Mineral Resources External Research Program (MRERP) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010. This opportunity is extended to universities, State agencies, Tribal governments or organizations, and industry or other private sector organizations that have the ability to conduct research in topics related to nonfuel mineral resources. For FY 2010 this has been expanded to include uranium.
The total amount of funding available for the FY 2010 MRERP is expected to be $250,000. As of the posting date of this announcement (27 Aug 2009) the Federal appropriations process for FY 2010 was not complete. If the available funding remains $250,000, the MRP anticipates making awards in FY 2010 for 3 to 5 proposals; however, individual proposals are not restricted to a set level of funding.
The FY 2010 MRERP is accepting applications from August 17 to September 29, 2009. Access and download the FY 2010 MRERP announcement by going to http://www.grants.gov/ and search for this grant opportunity by using keyword “mineral”, funding opportunity number “10HQPA0005”, or CFDA number “15.816”.
Applications will be accepted from any individual who has the ability to conduct research consistent with the Mineral Resources Program goals (see Research Topics section below) and who is not employed by a U.S. federal agency. Applicants need not be U.S. citizens and can be affiliated (but are not required to be affiliated) with universities, State agencies, Tribal governments or organizations, industry, or other private sector groups.
Research Topic Eligibility
All proposals must meet two primary criteria to qualify for funding consideration.
Criterion 1: The proposed work must be research; a systematic inquiry to generate new knowledge about a subject of investigation, through a process of interpretation. Data collection and compilation are important early steps in a research project, but do not, alone, constitute research.
Criterion 2: The proposed research must address one of the long-term goals of the MRP, as defined in the MRP Five-Year plan for FY 2006-2010. These are:
Priority Research Topics
The USGS MRP conducts research to reduce the uncertainty in nonfuel mineral resource and mineral environmental assessments. As assessments are dynamic, so must be the research that supports them. Each year the MRERP designates research topics as priority for support. As the MRP prepares to embark on a new national mineral resource assessment of the United States in 2012, work is underway to update mineral deposit and mineral environmental models and to improve techniques of assessment for concealed mineral resources.To support this on-going effort, the FY 2010 MRERP will solicit research proposals that
The MRP intends to include a number of other commodities, not listed above, in the new national mineral resource assessment, but the MRERP is soliciting research proposals only related to updating models for listed commodities at this time.
For further information contact MRERP@usgs.gov.