This page describes the Fiscal Year 2019 Community for Data Integration (CDI) Request for Proposals (RFP).
Please watch this page for updates throughout the proposals process.
If you have any questions, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch 1-minute talks at the lightning presentation session!
Recording from November 28: 181128-fy19-soi-lightning.mp4 | slides: FY19-CDI-Statement-of-Interest-Lightning-Slides-no-audio.pdf
Download the FY19 CDI Request for Proposals Guidance
October 15, 2018
October 24, 2018 @ 1pm ET
RFP Information Session
November 16 @ 5pm ET
Statements of Interest (SOI) Due
|November 19, 2018||Comment Period Begins|
November 28, 2018 @ 3pm ET
SOI Lightning Presentation Session
|November 30, 2018||SOI Voting Opens|
|December 14, 2018 @ 11:59pm ET||SOI Voting Period Closes|
Early January 2019
Invite Full Proposal Submissions
Full Proposals Due
Awarded Projects Announced
|September 30, 2019||Awarded Funds must be spent|
RFP Information Session
The recording and slides from the October 24, 2018 Information Session are posted here.
Recording: (audio starts at 1:35 181024-CDI_FY19_RFP_Info.mp4)
Slides: CDI_FY19_RFPInformationSession.pdf | CDI_FY19_RFPInformationSessionwithnotes.pdf
Q&A from the session: RFP Information Session Q&A
FY19 RFP Collaboration Forum
The purpose of the CDI RFP is to build USGS capabilities in data integration and management.
CDI projects.... are short-term | leverage existing resources | demonstrate scalable solutions | improve access to data and tools | develop best practices | share lessons | involve interdisciplinary teams | can be modified for reuse | communicate their value to the wider USGS.
The CDI RFP increases communication across boundaries and creates opportunities to work with people outside of your normal program.
The proposals process involves .... commenting and voting from your peers | new collaborations | communicating without disciplinary jargon | community-building.
How does the proposals process work?
The CDI RFP is a community-driven, two-phase process.
Phase 1: Community commenting and voting on short statements of interest
Phase 2: Full proposals evaluated by a formal review panel and the CDI sponsors
Timeline: The entire process is completed within one fiscal year.
Funding: Maximum $50,000 request for salary, travel, and other expenses. Projects must specify in-kind funds of at least 30% of the request to demonstrate commitment to effort.
What kind of projects are successful?
Not all ideas are in scope for this short-term opportunity. However, discussion with experienced CDI members can help you to frame your idea in a way that fits the evaluation criteria.
Some key concepts to keep in mind:
- Building: It's not just about building apps, but building knowledge and networks. Success includes sharing important lessons with the wider community.
- Integrating: A recent USGS priority is advancing our Integrated Predictive Science Capacity - this involves the creation and connection of modular, reusable tools and processes across different disciplines.
- Collaborating: The CDI looks for interdisciplinary collaborations and generally does not support projects that could be funded by a single USGS program.
- Communicating: Communicate about your idea - before, during, and after the project. Communicate to non-specialists so that they see the value of your idea. For better or for worse, if you have an idea, you need to convince others that it is valuable.
- Opening possibilities: Whether funded or not, ideas in the proposals process may be picked up by CDI Collaboration Areas for further discussion and work. Don't hold back on sharing your ideas, because you don't know what connections may be initiated.
Some examples of previous CDI projects
Data Management Website: Met the need for a resource that allows people to share practices in data management and meet policy.
Workshops on Deep Neural Networks: Building the knowledge base of USGS in new, widely applicable analysis techniques.
Legacy Data Projects to Preserve and Release Historical USGS Data: Helping the effort to inventory, prioritize, and rescue existing legacy data.
Exploring the USGS Science Data Life Cycle in the Cloud: Testing the implementation of new technologies within the USGS ecosystem.
DRIP - Dam Removal Information Portal: Demonstrating how research data from varied resources can be standardized, accessible, and easily updated.
See all previous projects at the CDI ScienceBase site.
Statement of Interest Submission
The deadline for Statements of Interest was November 16, 2018, at 5pm Eastern.