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This page describes the Fiscal Year 2018 Community for Data Integration (CDI) Request for Proposals (RFP). Through the annual CDI proposal process, funds have been awarded for projects focusing on data integration for interdisciplinary research, innovative data management, and demonstrations of practical use of new technologies.

Guidance Document

Download the FY18 CDI Request for Proposals Guidance

Email cdi@usgs.gov with any questions.

The CDI FY18 Proposals Process

The CDI has a unique proposals process where everyone in the community has a voice for commenting and voting on the initial statements of interest in Phase 1.

The highest-ranked ideas by the community move on to Phase 2, where a formal review panel evaluates the full proposals.

You can learn more about the process by checking out the following info:


Email cdi@usgs.gov with any questions.

New in FY18

This section is copied from the guidance document. Please pay attention to these important changes this year!

  • The FY18 CDI RFP has a topical emphasis and encourages submissions that support the USGS Integrated Predictive Science Capacity in the specific focus area of risk assessment and hazard-exposure. A portion of the funds will be dedicated to this topic. However, all submissions that follow the CDI Guiding Principles will be considered. See more information in the "FY18 Topical emphasis" in the guidance document.
  • The Statement of Interest narrative is a maximum of 1 page. (In FY17 it could be up to 1.5 pages.)
  • In Phase 1 of the RFP, after the deadline for submission of Statements of Interest, an online session for 1-minute lightning talks will be held to help the CDI community to learn about the proposed ideas in preparation for commenting and voting. This session is scheduled for February 6, 2018.
  • This year, the CDI will distribute funds to the lead USGS Science Center only, and the lead Science Center will be in charge of further distributions.
  • A new, streamlined Data Management Plan form is provided for the Full Proposal stage.

Information Session (*added January 16*)

Video Recording link

An information session was held on January 16, 2018, Tuesday, 1:00-2:00pm Eastern.

Summary: In this session we reviewed important information about the Community for Data Integration FY18 Request for Proposals process, including new requirements and considerations this year.

Slides: PDF | PPTX with notes (updated to correct time of the Lightning Session to 1pm ET; recommend to right-click to save-as, not preview in browser)


Estimated Schedule


December 18, 2017

RFP Announcement

January 16, 2018 @ 1pm ET

RFP Information Session

February 1, 2018 @ 5pm ET

Statements of Interest (SOI) Due

February 6, 2018

SOI Presentation Session and Voting Opens

February 15, 2018Comment and Voting Period Closes

February 26, 2018

Invite Full Proposal Submissions

March 22, 2018

Full Proposals Due

April 16, 2018

Awarded Projects Announced

September 30, 2018Awarded Funds must be spent

We realize this is a compressed schedule and we thank you for understanding. 

Related Documents and Forms

Collaboration Forum

One of the ways to improve your CDI Statement of Interest and final proposal is to have cross-Mission Area and cross-Center collaboration. If you have an idea for a CDI proposal but are looking for collaborators in other disciplines or centers to join you, post your idea and contact information on the collaboration forum. By posting your idea there, CDI Coordinators can help facilitate connections. 

FY18 RFP Collaboration Forum


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