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USGS Offers $500,000 in Grants to Map the Nation

The U.S. Geological Survey will award up to $500,000 in grants and cooperative agreements for universities to help produce geologic maps for the nation.

Interested professors can apply online to the EDMAP grant program under funding opportunity No. 10HQPA0004. Applications are due Nov. 12, 2009, at 3 p.m. ET

EDMAP is sponsored by the USGS and is the nation’s sole program to fund geologic mapping. This is a congressionally mandated matching-funds program, meaning every federal dollar awarded is matched with university funds.

“Geologic maps record the distribution of rock and soil materials at Earth’s surface and help decision makers identify and protect valuable resources, avoid risks from natural hazards, and make wise land use choices,” said Randy Orndorff, Associate Program Coordinator for the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. “Through this grant opportunity, students can help map the geology of the United States while learning the trade through one-on-one mentoring from professional geologists.”

Since 1996, the USGS has funded nearly 525 projects from 140 universities, and nearly 800 students have participated in the program. Maximum funds available include $17,500 for graduate projects and $10,000 for undergraduate projects. A peer-review panel consisting of university faculty, state geologists, and USGS staff determines awards.

For an example of a past funded geologic map, visit the National Geologic Map Database, Produce Description Web site.

To find out more about the Program and EDMAP, visit the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program Web site and click “EDMAP” or listen to a podcast interview with Randy Orndorff on the EDMAP program.


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