This page describes the Fiscal Year 2020 Community for Data Integration (CDI) Request for Proposals (RFP). Please watch this page for updates throughout the proposals process.
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Download the FY20 CDI Request for Proposals Guidance Document
September 11, 2019
September 18, 2019, 1pm ET
RFP Information Session
October 11, 2019, 5pm ET
Statements of Interest (SOI) Due
|October 15, 2019||Comment Period Begins|
October 23, 2019, 3pm ET
SOI Lightning Presentation Session
|October 25, 2019||SOI Voting Opens|
|November 8, 2019||SOI Voting Period Closes|
Early December 2019
Invite Full Proposal Submissions
Late January 2020
Full Proposals Due
Awarded Projects Announced
|September 30, 2020||Awarded Funds must be spent|
RFP Information Session
This year's Request for Proposals Information Session will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 1:00pm ET.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/s/321962100
If you have an idea but need some collaborators, you can start looking for CDI collaborators or comments, using the CDI RFP Collaboration Forum: https://my.usgs.gov/confluence/x/xh3bJQ
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
Statements of Interest (SOIs) will be due October 11, 2019 by 5pm ET. We will be using Google Forms to submit the SOIs this year. Upon submission of the Google Form, you will receive an email receipt with a link that will allow you to edit your submission up until the deadline. Please check your SOI file before you upload it because you will not be able to delete it. You may submit the Google form before uploading a file if you are not ready and return to the form using your confirmation email to upload your final file. If you need to update a file you uploaded, simply upload the 2nd file and contact email@example.com to double check that we use the correct file. Please make sure to use the templates on the CDI FY20 RFP Forms page.
Full Proposal Submission