Each year, the Community for Data Integration (CDI) has provided funding support for projects that promote data integration and:
Based on the positive feedback from the previous three RFP processes, the FY17 RFP continued to implement the two phased process (Statements of Interest (SOI) and Full Proposals) for soliciting and reviewing proposals. The process asked the Community to submit a short SOI about their proposal idea thus reducing the amount of time and effort to develop a full proposal. In order to include the Community in the review process, SOIs were evaluated by the Community and a group of top-ranked SOIs were invited to submit a full proposal to a panel of reviewers. This allowed Community participation in conjunction with a more formal Review Panel process.
Phase I requested applicants to submit a 2-page Statement of Interest outlining the Project Administrative Information, Project Summary, and Estimated Budget.
The formal Request for Proposals (RFP) was announced on September 14, 2016, calling for SOIs that support the elements of the Science Support Framework (SSF).
SOIs were due October 14, 2016.
In order to include the Community in the review process, members were invited to vote on SOIs via online.
The CDI held one Opening SOI Review Session to discuss the voting instructions, expectations, and evaluation criteria. The voting process was open from October 19-Nov 6, 2016. The Community was encouraged to read SOIs and leave comments/questions for the PIs to answer via the voting website. The CDI also held a Closing SOI Review Session in which the voting was closed and the Community viewed the results and rankings. The Community as a group agreed to a number of SOIs that would be recommended to move forward into the Full Proposal Review stage.
The CDI Coordinators also reviewed the SOIs and provided feedback for final recommendations. With the Executive Sponsor's approval, a list of SOIs were selected to be invited to submit full proposals.
Full proposals were due January 20, 2017.
All panel reviewers were USGS Federal employees who volunteered their time to review all full proposals. The Panel consisted of six Reviewers who came from a wide variety of expertise and represented a broad range of Mission Areas, Regions, and Program areas.
Reviewers conducted individual evaluations of proposals via the online RFP manager system. Reviewers were asked to document a summary of the strengths/weaknesses of each proposal based on guidance from the RFP Guidance Document. Reviewers also scored each proposal based on a rubric also outlined in the RFP Guidance Document.
The criteria weights for proposals are as follows:
Having read and evaluated the proposals individually, the reviewers then participated in a group Review Panel meeting to discuss their scores. Each reviewer was assigned 3-4 proposals to lead and provide a more in depth discussion.
Reviewers discussed the strengths and weaknesses of each proposal and gave their recommended scores. Scores for each proposal were averaged to obtain an initial score for the proposal via the RFP manager.
Based on scoring and reviewer discussion, the panel collectively agreed on a final recommendation for each proposal.
Review Panel results were submitted to CDI Executive Sponsors Kevin Gallagher and Tim Quinn for final selection.