Geodetic Surveys and Services (Geodesy and Applications of the National Geodetic Reference System)

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To provide national, coordinated spatial reference system at various specified intervals which provide scale, orientation, coordinated positions, and elevations of specific points for use in surveying, boundary delineations and demarcation, mapping, planning, and development; to provide assistance to State, local, municipal, and regional agencies in the development and implementation of Multipurpose Land Information Systems (MPLIS)/Geographic Information Systems (GIS) pilot projects and spatial reference system development and/or enhancement, and Height Modernization. For the Joint Hydrographic Center (JHC) improve the techniques and technology of hydrographic surveying, hydrographic services, and ocean mapping.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Extend National Spatial Reference System into areas not adequately covered to meet infrastructure needs. Use of basic data for survey system in local densification is unrestricted. Spatial Reference System coordinates and elevations describe baselines from which restricted coastal boundaries are delineated and other boundaries are marked. The National Spatial Reference System forms the standard of measurement on which State plane coordinate systems, land and utility records, and boundary delineations are based. Federal funding (grants) are restricted to those State, local, municipal, or regional, and or universities specifically selected by the U.S. Congress, in annual Federal appropriations legislation. To conduct research and carry out development programs at the Joint Hydrographic Center at the University of New Hampshire to improve the techniques and technology of hydrographic surveying, hydrographic services, and ocean mapping, and to conduct bathymetric research in support of delineation of an extended continental shelf.

Who is eligible to apply...

State, local, municipal, universities and/or regional agencies. For the JHC, limited to the University of New Hampshire by Congress and through Joint Institute relationship with NOAA.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:

Annual Congressional appropriations legislation. An official of the State, local, municipal, university and/or regional agency should certify as the official authorized, in accordance with State, local, municipal, or regional agency law, to commit the State, local, municipal, university and/or regional agency to participate in the grant program, to sign project documents, and to receive payments. Eligibility of costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. For the JHC, an approved official of the University of New Hampshire should certify the application to commit the University to participate in the cooperative agreement and to receive payments in accordance with OMB circularsA-110 and A-21.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Submission of grant application on Standard Form 424 to the Director, National Geodetic Survey listed in Additional Contact Information - FMR Help. This program is subject to the provisions of 15 CFR, Part 24, and OMB Circular No. A-110. For the JHC, submission of grant application on Standard Form 424 to the NOAA Co-Director, Joint Hydrographic Center.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Applications are reviewed by the National Geodetic Survey and processed and awarded by the NOAA Grants Division. For the JHC, Applications are reviewed by the NOAA National Ocean Service and processed and awarded by the NOAA Grants Division.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...


Grant applications must be submitted to the National Geodetic Survey, a minimum of 90 working days in advance of the desired effective date. For the JHC, grant applications should be submitted to the NOAA Co-Director of the Joint Hydrographic Center, a minimum of 90 working days in advance of the desired effective date.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 45 to 90 working days from date of receipt of proposal in the National Geodetic Survey. For the JHC, from 45 to 90 working days from date of receipt of proposal in the Joint Hydrographic Center.

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms, as furnished by NOAA and required by 15 CFR Part 24, must be used when applying for Federal funding. These forms can be obtained from the NOAA Grants Management Division. Informal preapplication conferences are recommended. Consultation and assistance is available from NOAA in the preparation of an application. These programs are eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. For the JHC, the standard application forms, as furnished by NOAA and required by 15 CFR Part 24, must be used when applying for Federal funding. These forms can be obtained from the NOAA Grants Management Division.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.


No formal appeal procedure for grant applications. If grant applications are unacceptable, the reasons are fully stated to the applicants. If the applicants desire to resubmit grant applications, projects must be revised in accordance with recommended changes.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).


No renewal, however, an approved on-going project can be extended by submission of an amendment request for continuation and/or supplemental funding. For the JHC, An approved on-going project can be extended by submission of an amendment request for continuation and/or supplemental funding.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

State, local, municipal, universities and/or regional agencies. For the JHC limited to the University of New Hampshire by Congress and through Joint Institute relationship with NOAA.

About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.


(Grants) FY 03 actual: $3,721,195; FY 04 est $2,227,539; and FY 05 est $2,500,000. (Cooperative agreements) FY 03 actual: $4,076,105; FY 04 est $4,100,000; and FY 05 est $0.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification


Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

Projects involving applications of the NSRS. The Joint Hydrographic Center.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

Funding was provided in FY 2003 to the California Spatial Reference Center, the Louisiana Spatial Reference Center, the States of Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. In addition to these states, grants are planned for FY 2004 to Alabama, and Washington states. Sponsored a meeting of experts to discuss models used in the Prince William Sound Science Center(PWSSC) for a Nowcast-Forcast System (NFS). The proposed project will complete the implementation of a Prince William Sound (PWS) Nowcast-Forecast Information System (PWS NFS) in Prince William Sound. Focus areas are 1) integration and coupling of ongoing modeling efforts at a new and enhanced computing and communications environment at the PWSSC/Oil Spill Recovery Institute (OSRI) in Cordova, Alaska; 2) development of new information products for users in a variety of media including new Internet web pages; and 3) expansion of near real-time observational network elements in support of the model and user requirements. Examples of funded projects are more observation systems and experimentation to test models. The Joint Hydrographic Center has developed several new technologies for ocean mapping and hydrographic surveying that will greatly increase the quality and productivity of hydrographic surveying and ocean mapping in the United States. In particular, new techniques for multibeam sonar data processing will have major positive impacts.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Projects are selected by Congress. The State, local, municipal, universities and/or regional agency designated to conduct the project is specified. The Joint Hydrographic Center was established by funding specifically designated by Congress. The University designated to conduct the project is specified.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are normally issued for a 12-month period. The funds are released as required. For JHC, the cooperative agreement is normally issued for a 12-24-month period. The funds are released as required.

Formula and Matching Requirements

Specific cost-sharing or matching requirements is generally defined in the legislation providing funds. For the JHC, not applicable.

A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...


Semi-annual and final progress reports are required for Federally financed multi-year pilot projects. Progress reports may be in the form of a manuscript. Quarterly financial reports are also required. For JHC, semi-annual and final progress reports and financial reports are required.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), recipients that are States, Local Governments, Nonprofit Organizations, (to include Hospitals), and Institutions of Higher Learning shall be subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507). Commercial organizations shall be subject to the audit requirements as stipulated in the award document.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).


All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or sub-grantees are required to be maintained by the terms of the agreement. The grantee must retain records for 3 years from the date when the final expenditure report is submitted.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.



Coast and Geodetic Survey Act, Public Law 80-373, 33 U.S.C. 883a, 883d, 883e, 33 U.S.C. 892, and 15 U.S.C. 1525.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for- profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CRF Part 24 for state and local governments. For JHC, allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

Not applicable. Joint Hydrographic Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824. Telephone: (603) 862-4559

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Grant Program Office/Geodetic Service Division, National Geodetic Survey, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301) 713-3228. For JHC, not applicable.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: