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Many CDI members have asked for a brief description of the differences between the CDI RFP and some other funding opportunities at the USGS. There can be a natural overlap in these different opportunities, but the difference lies in how you approach a research question. 

If you still have questions after reading this page, please submit them to so we can update this page.

Community for Data Integration

CDI Keywords: data integration, scientific data life cycle, applications, data access, data handling and stewardship, scientific computing, knowledge delivery, "in the near-term, produce new and reusable ideas, methods or tools that have an impact beyond a single Program, Center, Region, or Mission Area" (from the RFP Guidance)

Brief description: Grass-roots community to leverage and integrate existing data and new technologies for interdisciplinary research and innovative data management.

Example awarded projects

Proposals wiki page: 2018 Proposal Announcement, Projects awarded April 2018 

Process: 2-page Statement of Interest; Community Voting; 7-page Full Proposals, Budget template, and Data Management Plan evaluated by a panel. 

Timeline: Statements of Interest due in October, Full Proposals due in January, notification in March.

Contacts: Leslie Hsu, Madison Langseth and Leah Colasuonno,

Innovation Center for Earth Sciences

Innovation Center Keywords: measurement, monitoring, sampling, sensors, data acquisition, hardware, industry partnerships, "Successful proposals address issues of national importance where a technology partner can bring an emerging tool or technique (often with in-kind funding) that solves a problem aligned with USGS science strategy plans and private and public interests." (from the About page)

Brief description: Identify national scientific problems where USGS core interests are aligned with those of our external technology partners, and pursue innovative technological solutions together.

Example awarded projects:

Call for Proposals: FY17 Call for Proposals ended February 10, 2017.  There has been no announcements of future calls for proposals at this time. 

Process: 3-page template for text and budget, up to two additional pages for figures and captions, evaluated by a panel.

Timeline: FY17 proposals were due February 03, 2016, projects were notified in April.

Contact: Jonathan Stock,

Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis

Keywords: synthesis, working groups, publications, "leveraging existing research efforts to produce powerful new insights and move scientific understanding and its inclusion into management" (from the About page)

Brief description: Opportunities for scientist-driven interdisciplinary collaboration around complex questions using existing information to produce new knowledge and hopefully, wisdom.

 Example awarded projects:

Call for Proposals: Proposal Process Page

Process: Cover sheet, Body of Proposal (proposal narrative less than 2000 words) following Submission Instructions page; reviewed by a Science Advisory Board.

Timeline: FY20 proposals are due January 31, 2019.

Contacts: Martin Goldhaber, Jill Baron, Leah Colasuonno, see the Powell Center Contacts Page, or email



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