Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Rocky Mountain CESU

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Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Rocky Mountain CESU: The USGS is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU partner for research into the potential application and technical evaluation of commercial small UAS (sUAS) technology, and their associated sensors, for support of USGS earth science missions (i.e.: monitoring of wildlife, natural hazards, invasive species, climate change impacts, archeological sites, etc.). The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is responsible for protecting the natural resources and heritage contained on almost 20% of the land in the United States, which requires periodic monitoring of vast expanses of public lands in remote regions. Although DOI scientists can obtain high accuracy in situ data based on ground measurements and sample collections, the scale of public lands can often make this approach unrealistic. And while sensors aboard piloted aircraft can, and frequently do, provide large area coverage with high-resolution imagery, increasing costs and potential safety issues, related to accessing remote and often dangerous areas, can limit their availability. And although satellite imagery has also proven to be a vital resource for data collection missions, it has limitations related to resolution and orbital dependencies. To respond to these ongoing remote sensing data collection challenges, DOI and USGS must continually evaluate new technologies with an emphasis on finding safer, lower cost, and more flexible methods for data collection. One promising new technology for acquiring this crucial remotely sensed data is Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and the USGS National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office (NUPO) was created to research and evaluate UAS operational potential. As part of that effort a comprehensive UAS strategy has been developed that is tailored to the mission, funding, personnel, and infrastructure levels of the DOI and includes:
Federal Grant Title: Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Rocky Mountain CESU
Federal Agency Name: Geological Survey
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: G14AS00123
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 15.808
CFDA Descriptions: U.S. Geological Survey_ Research and Data Collection
Current Application Deadline: Jul 21, 2014
Original Application Deadline: Jul 21, 2014
Posted Date: Jul 10, 2014
Creation Date: Jul 10, 2014
Archive Date: Oct 10, 2014
Total Program Funding: $25,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $0
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $0
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
This financial assistance opportunity is being issued under a Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Program. CESU¿s are partnerships that provide research, technical assistance, and education. Eligible recipients must be a participating partner of the Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Program.
Grant Announcement Contact
Faith Graves, 703-648-7356

Geological Survey 703-648-7344
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