Hurricane Sandy

To support research and data collection complementary to continued USGS activities supporting recovery and restoration efforts related to Hurricane Sandy.

This entry covers a variety of USGS assistance awards funded through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act.

Data, tools, and information

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produced through these research and data collection efforts will 1) further characterize impacts and changes, 2) guide mitigation and restoration of impacted communities and ecosystems, 3) inform a redevelopment strategy aimed at developing resilient coastal communities and ecosystems, 4) improve preparedness and responsiveness to the next hurricane or similar coastal disaster, and 5) enable improved hazard assessment, response, and recovery for future storms along the hurricane prone shoreline of the United States.
Related Programs15.808 U.S. Geological Survey_ Research and Data CollectionExamples 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 - See Regional Agency Offices.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2018: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2019: No current data available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Awards support research and information needs related to 1) coastal topography and bathymetry, 2) impacts to coastal beaches and barriers 3) impacts of storm surge and estuarine and bay hydrology 4) impacts on environmental quality and persisting contaminant exposures, and 5) impacts to coastal ecosystems, habitats, and fish and wildlife.


Discretionary funding available.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Proposals from State, Local, Interstate, Federally or State recognized Indian Tribal Governments, US Territories and Possessions, Institutions of Higher Education, Private Foundations, and Nonprofit Organizations are invited.

Due to limited availability of funding to support new external projects, consultation with the Geological Survey is strongly recommended prior to submission of applications.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal, State and local governments, Federally or State recognized Indian Tribal Governments, industry and public decision makers, research scientists, State institutions of higher education, private firms, private foundations, nonprofit organizations, and the general public will ultimately benefit from the program.


Proposed research application responsive to the instructions issued by the USGS. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Discussions regarding funding availability and program interest are strongly encouraged, as limited funding is available for new projects.

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.


Public Law 113-2 (Disaster Relief Act).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Up to 3 months.


Not Applicable.


All projects have a limited duration not to exceed two years.

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: Funds are released as required. 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.

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.


This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. 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 $0; FY 18 est $0; and FY 19 est $0 - COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS (Discretionary): FY17 $0; FY18 $0; FY19 $0 This was a special appropriation for Disaster Relief. USGS does not anticipate any additional awards.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not Applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Holly Weyers Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, , Reston, Virginia 20192 Email: Phone: (703)715-7020

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals must address natural resource and environmental issues related to Hurricane Sandy, and similar events, which significantly impact coastal environments. Proposals will be reviewed by USGS scientists and evaluated for their scientific excellence, relevance to ongoing activities, and contributions to recovery and restoration efforts.

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