Approximately $1,150,000 is available under this year’s program. The purpose of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP) is to fund innovative projects in the geospatial data community to build the infrastructure necessary to effectively discover, access, share, manage, and use digital geographic data. Applications are being accepted for proposals fitting under the following categories: Metadata Trainer and Outreach Assistance, Framework Client Development, Fifty States Initiative, Canadian-US Spatial Data Infrastructure Project, Geographic Information Integration & Analysis, and Geographic Information Integration & Analysis.
Funding Categories for the 2006 Cooperative Agreements Program and agencies have until February 1, 2006 to respond to the call for funding.
Category 1: Metadata Trainer and Outreach Assistance provides assistance to organizations with NSDI expertise knowledge and experience in assisting other organizations with the training and implementation of metadata, clearinghouse or web mapping services. Maximum award $20,000 (50% in-kind match), approximately 5 projects
Category 2: Framework Client Development projects will develop software clients for Framework Data Services. These services will exploit online Framework Data to support operational needs of an application community. Software will be distributed freely through an established community as an extension to an existing geographic information system or as an open-source software solution that can be integrated into specific decision- support or data management processes. Maximum award $75,000 (50% in-kind match), approximately 3 projects
Category 3: Fifty States Initiative: Strategic and Business Plan Development in Support of the NSDI Future Directions Fifty States Initiative. Projects will develop and implement statewide strategic and business plans that will facilitate the coordination of programs, policies, technologies, and resources that enable the coordination, collection, documentation, discovery, distribution, exchange and maintenance of geospatial information in support of the NSDI and the objectives of the Fifty States Initiative Action Plan. Maximum award $50,000 (50% in-kind match), approximately 10 projects
Category4: Canadian-US Spatial Data Infrastructure Project will support one collaborative project between organizations in the U.S. and Canada that have an interest in creating, maintaining, and sharing geospatial data over a common geography. This is a collaborative funding opportunity sponsored by GeoConnections Canada and the FGDC. U.S lead award up to $75,000; Canadian lead award up to $100,000 CDN, (100% in-kind match).
Category 5: Geographic Information Integration & Analysis category seeks to develop sustainable partnerships to integrate, maintain and provide access to current geospatial data and to develop the infrastructure needed to integrate these data and make them available through geospatial programs of the NGPO. The goal of this category is to assist organizations and consortia to work together with the NGPO to develop and provide access to geospatial information that serves community needs. . Maximum award $50,000 (100% in-kind match), approximately 5 projects.