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Voting Site

Timeline for the 2018 RFP

February 6, 2018SOI Lightning Presentation Session

February 6 - 15, 2018

Voting Period

February 20 - 23, 2018

Brief Executive Sponsors

February 26, 2018

Invite Full Proposal Submissions

March 22, 2018

Full Proposals Due

April 3, 2018Full Proposal Review Panel

April 16, 2018

Awarded Projects Announced

September 30, 2018Awarded Funds must be spent

Statement of Interest Lightning Presentation Session

Lightning Presentations, February 6, 2018, 1pm Eastern

Phone: 703.648.4848 (DOI) / 855.547.8255 (external)  Code: 47919# 
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Playback the recording | Slides | Order of Presenters (pdf) | Presenters (xls)

This year, the CDI will be holding an online session for 1-minute lightning talks to help the CDI community learn about the proposed ideas. 

Tuesday, February 6, 1:00-2:30pm Eastern Time, Add to Google Calendar 

Each submission will have one 16:9 slide (no animations - it will be converted to PDF) and 1 minute to share their idea with the community!

Download slide template 

(Optional) Template (pptx)

Include somewhere on your slide:

  • Title of your submission
  • Your name
  • Your email address

Email your slide to by February 5, COB. Slides will be compiled, converted to PDF, and the presentation order will be sent out first thing on February 6. 


  • Don't over-clutter your slide. 
  • Practice the timing of your 1-minute pitch. You can say a lot in 1 minute if you know exactly what you are going to say.
  • Know your audience - the CDI is very diverse, so avoid specialized jargon.
  • Focus on the gap that your proposal will fill, and the benefit or lessons learned to be passed on to the CDI and the USGS.


  • The session will be recorded.
  • If no one on your project team can make the session, get in contact with

Statement of Interest Voting


Phase I of the RFP process involves community voting. All CDI members can vote online to determine the SOIs recommended for the full proposal phase. The voting period will begin Tuesday, February 6th at 10:00am ET. Voting will close on February 15th at 5:00 pm ET. 

To become a member, or ask any questions, email

Voter Responsibilities

CDI members should review and consider all SOIs before voting. 

All SOIs should be considered based on the Elements of the CDI Science Support Framework, the Evaluation Criteria of the RFP guidance, and the CDI guiding principles.

Science Support Framework

See U.S. Geological Survey Community for Data Integration (CDI) Science Support Framework (SSF) documentation for detailed descriptions of each element.

Evaluation Criteria

Scope (25%)

Evaluation will be based on whether the proposal adequately demonstrates the need for the effort/activity, how much the proposal contributes to the guiding principles and element(s) of the CDI Science Support Framework, and whether the effort has potential impact beyond a single Program, Center, Mission Area, or Region. CDI projects will also be evaluated on anticipated return on investment (e.g. cost savings, code utilization, publications, operational efficiencies, etc.).

Technical Approach (25%)

Evaluation will be based on the reasonableness of the technical approach applied to the problem and whether the approach is innovative or employs a proven, reliable technique that is appropriate to the problem.

Project Experience and Collaboration (25%)

Evaluation will be based on the appropriateness of the experience, special qualifications, and skills possessed for successful completion of the proposed project. Evaluation will also consider whether the inclusion of inter-disciplinary or cross-Mission Area/Region collaboration and partnerships has been pursued where appropriate.

Sustainability, Outreach, and Communication (15%)

Evaluation will be based on how well the proposal describes the intended sustainability of the project deliverables (products, tools, services, metadata) for long-term access, reusability, and potential for integration, as well as the plan for communicating the value of the products during and after the project period. All products resulting from CDI projects must comply with the new Office of Science Quality and Integrity Instructional Memoranda on data management. These products must be freely shared and made available, without charge or restriction, to the CDI, the broader USGS community, and beyond as appropriate. Software products developed with CDI funding must be uploaded to an appropriate code repository at the close of the funding period.

Budget Justification (5%)

Evaluation will be based on whether the budget is at or below $50,000 and meets the minimum 30% in-kind match. The budget should include travel to the CDI biennial meeting. Evaluation will also consider whether justification of salaries and contractor costs, travel, and equipment/publication costs are appropriate to project needs and the work hours proposed are reasonable within the timeframe. Projects with contractor support must describe how the contract work will be managed and documented to ensure that products are USGS property.

Timeline (5%)

Evaluation will be based on clear presentation of the project phases and milestones described in the technical approach and the feasibility of the proposed workload given the project duration.

Guiding Principles

  • Focus on targeted efforts that yield near-term benefits to Earth and biological science
  • Leverage existing capabilities and data
  • Implement and demonstrate innovative solutions (e.g. methodologies, tools, or integration concepts) that could be used or replicated by others at scales from project to enterprise
  • Preserve, expose, and improve access to Earth and biological science data, models, and other outputs
  • Develop, organize, and share knowledge and best practices in data integration 

SOI Online Voting System

Go to (link will be posted here and emailed) to vote:

MyUSGS Voting Entry Page

SOI List Page

SOIs are listed randomly each time you enter the system. You can download a CSV file, which will list all SOIs and their metadata. Click on the title of the SOI to get to the voting page.

UserVoice SOI Voting Page

You will have 15 votes to use across all SOIs, and each SOI can receive 1-3 votes. Click on the "Vote" button to select either one, two or three votes for the SOI.

Comments are encouraged, and PIs can and should respond to the comments using the system.

Click on "Settings" to see all of your SOI votes and comments.

Voting Strategies

Consider giving each interesting SOI 1 vote to go back and review and modify later. Also, consider downloading the csv file and using the spreadsheet to add comments and manage votes.

Review Panel

Full Proposals will be evaluated according to the Evaluation Criteria. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel consisting of a professional peer group that is knowledgeable in data management, information technology, and other relevant disciplines in the context of the CDI. All efforts will be made to include broad disciplinary representation and expertise. Reviewers may consult with subject experts outside of the Review Panel as needed. Reviewers will be asked to sign a Conflict of Interest Statement and Certification to ensure objectivity of the evaluation. Proposals will be scored by reviewers and ranked through a peer consensus process. Recommendations by the Review Panel will be presented to the CDI Executive Sponsors for final selection.   

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