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The projects listed below are proposed projects that have not yet found a funding source or some way to get officially started. Proposals generally bubble up through the efforts of CDI working groups that identify needs, come up with a plan on how to proceed, and submit the proposals through working group facilitators for consideration in the community. The procedures for the proposal process are still being worked out within the community, and updated information will be made available in the wiki.

Proposed projects should have a start page created by clicking Add > Page from this page. Give your project page a working title that people will recognize. You can also use the excerpt macro in Confluence to specify a sentence or two that will summarize the project for listing on this page and elsewhere. The listing below shows the most recently modified project pages first.

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Proposal Ranking Criteria (from ppt at the 2011 Workshop)

  • Deliver immediate benefit to solve an existing data integration challenge.
  • Create an infrastructure that can be leveraged.
  • Demonstrate a methodology and/or solutions architecture that can be repeated/replicated for other data.
  • Create an environment that allows future innovative applications to access USGS data.
  • Tangible deliverables implemented by July 31, 2012
  • Can be done without additional funding
  • Advances scientific data infrastructure
  • High contribution to interdisciplinary scientific decision-making
  • Highest benefit to the most scientists


Still have questions? Some of these might help.

Successful proposals in the past have reflected a clear contribution to the CDI's goals of building capacity, framework, and services that aid a broad cross-section of scientists and researchers in their pursuits to manage, integrate, and share data as they conduct multi-disciplinary science.

  • In FY 2010, we were able to obtain $500,000 from Bureau cost share (what does "cost share" actually mean?).
  • This year (FY11), we received our cumulative request for $227,700.
  • For FY 2012, I wonder if anyone knows what's available at this early
    stage. No one really knows, could be as much as much as $500,000 but there is no set amount known.
  • Past proposals included substantial in-kind resources and used the Bureau cost share funding as an augmentation to extend the scope of a given project.


  • No fixed ceiling, but higher amounts are likely to get more scrutiny.


  • Please at least submit an abstract by Aug 15 although there may be further windows for submission in the future.


  • Please focus on data integration for interdisciplinary research, innovative data management, and potentially cutting edge technology.


  • Cheryl Morris, Kevin G. and Linda G.


  • We do not have a deadline at this time but expect it to be early in the new fiscal year.


  • Data Management or Tech Stack (or any of the sub teams)?


  • What is the role of a working group in the proposal writing process? (Sample questions: What proposal is X working group submitting? Why isn't XWG submitting a proposal? Then why do we need to submit through XWG? =)


CDI has provided funding support for many products and activities. Through the annual CDI proposal process, funds have been awarded for projects focusing on data integration for interdisciplinary research, innovative data management, and potentially cutting edge technology. The CDI supports new and ongoing projects that promote data integration and:

    • 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

Any USGS Mission Area, Program, Center, Office or duty station and their partner(s) are encouraged to apply. However, all proposals must have a USGS employee as a principal investigator.

View the following pages to learn about specific requirements for this year and past years.

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