Energy Cooperatives to Support the National Energy Resources Data System

To collect, interpret, correlate, and evaluate energy-related stratigraphic, chemical, and GIS data that support USGS Energy Resources Program research initiatives; to build and maintain national energy databases of; to conduct energy related research and apply knowledge gained to conduct resource assessments

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within the United States in order to further the understanding of energy resources within a global, geologic, economic and environmental context.
Examples of Funded Projects




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.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Received 21 sets of deliverables from 21 cooperators from funds given in FY16. ERP reduced program to one state being funded due to guidance from Secretary of Interior. Fiscal Year 2018: Received one set of deliverables from one cooperator. Fiscal Year 2019: Estimate to receive one set of deliverables from one cooperator.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used to conduct research to further the understanding of U. S. energy resource occurrence (coal, gas shale, coalbed methane, geothermal, conventional and unconventional oil and gas, etc.) and their geologic characteristics.

Applications for proposals not covered by at least one of the objectives in the Program Announcement are not solicited.

For further information, please contact the regional office.

For further information, please contact the regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants can be affiliated (but are not required to be affiliated) with State agencies, universities, Tribal governments or organizations.

Applications must have the ability to conduct research consistent with the Energy Resources Program goals.

Applicants must not be employed by a U.S.

Federal agency.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Research scientists, their agencies, and ultimately the general public will benefit from the program.


. 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 (


Jul 01, 2010 to Jun 30, 2015: Most projects start on July1 and end on June 30 on a year-by-year basis. Jul 01, 2010 to Jun 30, 2015: Most projects start on July1 and end on June 30 on a year-by-year basis. Program Announcement 10HQPA0010 instituted a 5-year cycle from FY10 through FY14 (June 30, 2015). A new Program Announcement is being prepared by Acquisitions and Grants for a 5 year cycle from FY15 through FY19.


Public Health and Welfare, 42 U.S.C 15801; Minerals, Lands and Mines, 30 U.S.C 208-1; Public Lands, 43 U.S.C 31 et. seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Four to six months after submittal of proposal or bureau receipt of appropriations, whichever is later.


Not Applicable.


Annual renewals for continuation of work may occur through the 5-year cycle (FY 2010 to FY 2014, or FY15 to FY19 for the new agreements), subject to the availability of annual funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: No statutory requirement. In order to gain the greatest leverage of limited Federal and State funds, each proposed State-originated program should indicate some State matching of direct- and indirect-cost dollars. Exceptions may be granted for ratios far below 1:1. 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. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award.

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.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

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.


Recipient records shall be retained and made available for audit for three years after submission of final financial report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 17 $15,000; FY 18 est $15,000; and FY 19 est $15,000 - USGS Energy Resources Program (ERP) reduced grant amount from 300,000 to 15,000 for rest of 5 year cycle.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$15,000- $26,000; average $15,190.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Joseph A. East Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, Energy Resources Program, MS 956 National Center, Reston, Virginia 20192 Email: Phone: (703) 648-6450 Fax: (703) 648-6419

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

A panel evaluates application for relevance to announced priorities, technical merit, applicant's professional qualifications and prospect of attaining program objectives. The review process is detailed in a Technical Evaluation document.

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