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In August 2009 the USGS Mineral Resources Program offered a grant and/or cooperative agreement opportunity to any individual who had the ability to conduct research consistent with Program goals and who was not employed by a Federal agency. Applicants can be affiliated (but are not required to be affiliated) with universities, State agencies, Tribal governments or organizations, industry, or other private sector groups. The 2010 Mineral Resources External Research Program (MRERP) received seventeen proposals that were reviewed by a panel of 7 research scientists (3 from USGS and 4 external to the USGS).

The FY 2010 MRERP solicitation included a call for proposals on techniques to assess for concealed resources and a select number of nonfuel mineral commodities, as well as uranium. A total of $317,000 was awarded to the top six ranked proposals. The USGS is pleased to announce that it supported the following six research projects in the FY 2010 MRERP, listed in alphabetical order by principal investigator:

Principal Investigator: John Dilles
Affiliation: Oregon State University
Proposal Title: Footprints of Porphyry Cu Deposits: Vectors to the Hydrothermal Center Using Mineral Mapping and Lithogeochemistry

Principal Investigator: Adriana Heimann
Affiliation: East Carolina University
Proposal Title: Major and Trace Element Composition of Zincian Spinel and Spessartine Garnet as Exploration Guides to and Indicators of the Genesis of Rare Element (Li, REEs) Granitic Pegmatites

Principal Investigator: William Lassetter, Jr.
Affiliation: Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources
Proposal Title: Stratigraphic Modeling for Concealed Phosphate Deposits in Virginia's Coastal Plain

Principal Investigator: Craig Lundstrom and Thomas Johnson
Affiliation: University of Illinois
Proposal Title: Using 238U/235U Analysis to Understand U Ore Deposit Formation at Redox Fronts

Principal Investigator: Thomas Monecke
Affiliation: Colorado School of Mines
Proposal Title: Development of New Mineralogical and Geochemical Vectors to Uranium Roll-front Deposits

Principal Investigator: LeeAnn Munk1 and C. Page Chamberlain2
Affiliation: 1University of Alaska and 2Stanford University
Proposal Title: Lithium Brine Resources: A Predictive Exploration Model

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