Gap Analysis

Studies where native animal species and natural plant communities occur and identifies 'gaps' in their representation to support conservation of biodiversity.

credit: National Environmental Education Week

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available.

Fiscal Year 2019: No Current Data Available.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - None.

Upon release, program announcements will be available on the Internet at

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: 2 awards issued. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2019: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

GAP is used by Federal agencies, State agencies and other governmental bodies to develop land use or acquisition plans that incorporate information about the presence and distribution of biodiversity.

There are no use restrictions.

Funds are set aside for discretionary activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Profit organizations, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, and State and local governments may make application for support by a named principal investigator.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Profit organizations, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, State and local governments, as well as the general public will ultimately benefit from this program.


Proposals must furnish evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed research. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is subject to the provisions of 2 CFR Part 200 and Department of the Interior regulations 2 CFR Part 1402 and 43 CFR Part 12. Application form Standard Form (SF) 424 must be used. The application requirements as contained in the announcement package and the above regulations must be used for this program. Applications may be made only through the internet site

Award Procedures

Notification of an award is by receipt of a grant or cooperative agreement from a U.S. Geological Survey contracting officer through FedConnect (


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Endangered Species Act of 1973,16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq., Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, 16 U.S.C. 742 et seq., Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. 661 et seq., Omnibus appropriations Act, Public Law 108-7.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Information not available.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients request payment as needed through the award period.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Annual and final technical reports, as well as other products, are required and must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions.

Recipients must report expenditures using the SF 425, Federal Financial Report form.

Recipients must submit a final report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date.

Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim annual reports.

Program will detail all financial reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter.

Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Recipients are subject to the audit requirements of 2 CFR Part 200 Subpart F.


All records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the final financial report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 17 $250,000; FY 18 est $400,000; and FY 19 est $400,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $50,000 to $250,000; average $125,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Upon release, program announcements will be available on the Internet at

Headquarters Office

Program Coordinator, National GAP Program, 970 Lusk Avenue, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center - Snake River Field Station , Boise, Idaho 83706 Phone: (208) 426-5219.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Scientists within the Geological Survey will review and evaluate all applications submitted. Criteria for judging applications will include scientific excellence and relevance to the solution of important problems within the mission of the Geological Survey. Generally, applications will be funded only to the extent permitted by available funds.

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