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Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Californian CESU

Post Date

May 28th 2008

Application Due Date

June 9th 2008

Funding Opportunity Number


CFDA Number(s)


Funding Instrument Type(s)

Cooperative Agreement

Funding Activity Categories

Science and Technology and other Research and Development

Number of Awards


Eligibility Categories


This financial assistance opportunity is being issued under a Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (CESU) Program. CESU’s are partnerships that provide research, technical assistance, and education. Eligible recipients must be a participating partner of the Californian Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Program.


  • Estimated Total Funding:


  • Award Range:

    $70000 - $70000

Grant Description

The U.S. Geological Survey’s National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Program is offering a Cooperative Agreement opportunity to a University within the Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit that has the ability to provide science delivery and technology transfer about biological and natural resources data and information in the area of vertebrate zoology at local, regional, and national scales. The results will be available via various USGS website, Universities, Museum’s, State Agencies, and the USGS NBII website at All results of this research will be available to federal and non-federal natural resource research and management communities, their partners, other stakeholders, and the general public. The NBII is a collaborative effort among federal, state, local, and foreign agencies, international and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, museums, and private sector groups to provide an intelligent gateway to biological data and information worldwide. NBII is used by land managers, scientists, legislators, educators, and the general public for purposes that include land-use decisions, scientific research, policymaking, and general information needs of its users. The NBII provides the nation with a mechanism for accessing the vast amount of existing biological and natural resources data, information products, and analytical tools that support and enhance science-based decision-making. Using enterprise portal technology, the NBII provides a framework for making these data and information accessible. NBII is also the USA node for the Global Bioinformatics Information Facility, which aggregates and serves specimen-backed data from around the world. The NBII is specifically looking for collaborative opportunities with a University to increase the availability, accuracy and usefulness of verifiable distribution records for vertebrate species nationally. Several efforts have been funded in the past by the National Science Foundation (NSF) including ManIS, HerpNet, FishNet, and ORNIS with great success in providing broad access to specimen data in support of federal agency land management, decision making, conservation initiatives, and educational activities. Based on these networks, a community goal has been established to create a national and international network, VertNet, which will develop IT tools, governance, digitations methods, and other processes in support of natural history museums committed to sharing specimen data, implement and further develop appropriate standards and protocols, and promote sharing of these data through several web portals. The USGS will be a full participant with the University partner. USGS and CESU participants will work closely together to (i) review the needs of participating collections, (ii) identify potential new partners, (iii) brief relevant agencies and foundations, on opportunities to support and benefit from these distributed data-portals, (iii) identify and pursue models for sustainability of the data networks on which NBII and the broader community depend, and (iv) ensure that the information reaches researchers as well as professionals in other federal and state agencies, educators, and ultimately the public. This NBII-University collaboration will supplement and enhance work already underway within the NBII and continue to support the creation of an integrated, diverse (both in scope and scale) national NBII network. Award Information The USGS NBII expects this cooperative agreement to last up to 1 year with the opportunity for renewal. The USGS NBII anticipates making a single award for this project in FY2008 to an existing CESU Program university within the Californian CESU. The awardee should have advanced expertise in the development of web portals for distributed databases of museum records of vertebrate species. It is anticipated that the total amount of funding available for the project is up to $150,000, whereby no more than $70,000 will be available in FY2008. Continuation of the project in year 2 will be based on successful performance and available funding. Award of funding through this year’s competition is not a guarantee of future funding. The project has an anticipated start date of July 1, 2008, and an end date of June 30, 2009.

Contact Information

  • Agency

    Department of the Interior

  • Office:

    Geological Survey

  • Agency Contact:

    Phone 703-648-7356

  • Agency Mailing Address:

    Contract Specialist

  • Agency Email Address:

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