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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) 2013. 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.
The total amount of funding available for the FY 2013 MRERP is expected to be $250,000. As of the posting date of this notification the Federal appropriations process for FY 2013 was not complete. If the available funding remains $250,000, the MRP anticipates making MRERP awards in FY 2013 for 3 to 5 proposals, however, individual proposals are not restricted to a set level of funding.
The FY 2013 MRERP application period closed September 26, 2012.
Applications will be accepted from any individual who has the ability to conduct research consistent with the Mineral Resources Program goals (see Research Topic Eligibility 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.
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 work must address the long term goals of the MRP as defined in the current USGS Energy and Minerals Science Strategy (http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2012/1072/). These are:
All proposals that meet the two qualifying criteria will be accepted for further evaluation based on additional criteria. Note that evaluation criteria will reward proposals that address one or more of the priority research topics outlined below.
The USGS MRP conducts research on the genesis of mineral deposits, the regional controls on the distribution of mineral systems, and the mineral environmental characteristics of mineral resources. Information from this research is used to reduce the uncertainty in nonfuel mineral resource and mineral environmental assessments. Each year the MRERP designates priority research topics consistent with ongoing research directions supported by the MRP. In FY 2013 the MRP is embarking on several new research directions and expanding its research in the area of critical mineral resources.
To complement these new and expanded research efforts, the FY 2013 MRERP is soliciting research proposals that address one or more of the following topics:
For further information contact MRERP@usgs.gov.