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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

Lightning talks

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

Commenting and Voting on Statements of Interest (Phase 1)

Commenting on the FY19 Statements of Interest begins midday on November 19, 2018. CDI members will receive an email notification. You can join the CDI and participate in commenting and voting if you join by the end of the day on November 29. Voting will be open from November 30 to December 14.

FY19 Statements of Interest

Guidance Document

Download the FY19 CDI Request for Proposals Guidance

Estimated Schedule

October 15, 2018

RFP Announcement

October 24, 2018 @ 1pm ET

RFP Information Session

November 16 @ 5pm ET

Statements of Interest (SOI) Due

November 19, 2018Comment Period Begins

November 28, 2018 @ 3pm ET

SOI Lightning Presentation Session

November 30, 2018SOI Voting Opens
December 14, 2018 @ 11:59pm ETSOI Voting Period Closes

Early January 2019

Invite Full Proposal Submissions

Mid-February 2019

Full Proposals Due

March 2019

Awarded Projects Announced

September 30, 2019Awarded 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.pdfCDI_FY19_RFPInformationSessionwithnotes.pdf

Q&A from the session: RFP Information Session Q&A

Collaboration Forum

FY19 RFP Collaboration Forum

Why do we have the Community for Data Integration Request for Proposals?

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.

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