National Land Remote Sensing Education Outreach and Research

To promote the uses of space-based land remote sensing data and technologies through education and outreach at the State and local level and through university based and collaborative research projects.

Technologies of interest include multispectral and hyper-spectral electro-optical, thermal,
and radar.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: FY17 was the final option year of the five-year grant which included projects that provide users equal, efficient access to remotely sensed data, as well as high-impact activities focusing on K-18 education and outreach, remote sensing course development for the public, and research applications developed to meet customer needs at the State and regional level.

Fiscal Year 2018: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

Program anticipates funding projects that will develop and establish a nationwide consortium to expand the use of remotely sensed data and the science of remote sensing through education, outreach and research applications development.

Other priorities will likely include conducting critical applied research ? real-time applications relevant to each State, sometimes expanding to and of benefit to regions of the U.S.

Plans are for a multi-year grant activity subject to availability of funds.

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.

Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Americaview $ 4,982,689   2018-09-182023-09-17
Americaview $ 5,000,000   2013-12-102018-03-31
Americaview $ 1,934,800   2011-07-012013-09-29
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Several FY16 activities continued, along with a focus on regional and topical working groups to address various needs and issues at the regional, state and local levels. Work continued on data access, educational efforts integrating remote sensing into more K-18 curricula and determining local communities? remote sensing requirements to address timely issues such as water quantity and quality, hazard mitigation, and resource management. Projects will continue in this final grant period estimated to be a 6-month period of performance. Fiscal Year 2018: In FY18 the National Land Imaging Program anticipates receiving 10 applications for a one year grant with four additional option years and issuing 1 award. Fiscal Year 2019: No current data available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Specific objectives are identified in the annual program announcement.

Applications for research projects not covered by one of the objectives are not solicited.

Funds are set aside for discretionary activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Nonprofit organizations, Public and Private colleges and universities, and State and local governments may make an application for support by a named principal investigator.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States, research scientists, engineers, education (0-13+) and the general public will ultimately benefit from the program.


Proposals must furnish evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed education, outreach and research activities. 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. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply 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 (


Aug 15, 2018 In anticipation of an FY18 competitive grant with four additional option years to be awarded, a tentative deadline for application submissions is August 15, 2018 (anticipated award date September 30, 2018).


Public Law 110-161, Organic Act 1879, 43 U.S.C. 31.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

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 throughout the award period.

Post Assistance Requirements


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

No cash reports are required.

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 retained and made available for audit for 3 years after submission of the final financial report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $378,100; FY 18 est $1,250,000; and FY 19 est $1,250,000 - Grants: Actual FY17 $378,100; Estimated FY18 $1,250,000; Estimated FY19 $1,250,000. Funding amount in FY17 reflects the conclusion of a 5-year competitive grant capped at $5 million over 5 years. FY18 estimate reflects the anticipation of a newly awarded 5-year competitive grant. FY19 funding is subject to the availability of funds.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$1,217,400 to $1,217,400; average $1,217,400.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Thomas Cecere, Land Remote Sensing Program Office, Climate and Land Use Mission Area, Geological Survey, 516 National Center, Reston, Virginia 20192 Email: Phone: (703) 648-5551 Fax: (703) 648-5939.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Panel composed of expert scientists and administrators drawn from government evaluate all assistance applications. Criteria for judging applications includes: relevance and timeliness of the proposed research to the goals of the program; technical quality of the proposal; competence of the principal investigator and recipient organization; and appropriateness and reasonableness of the budget.

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