The Educational Component of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program

Funding Agency:
US Geological Survey

The primary objective of the EDMAP component of the NCGMP is to train the next generation of geologic mappers. To do this NCGMP provides funds for undergraduate and graduate students in academic research projects that involve geologic mapping as a major component. Through cooperative agreements NCGMP hopes to expand the research and educational capacity of academic programs that teach earth science students the techniques of geologic mapping and field data analysis. Another important goal is to increase the level of communication between the Nation’s geologic surveys (both the USGS and State Geological Surveys) and geologic mappers in the academic community. We hope that this improved communication will have two results: 1) the academic mapping community will learn more about the societal needs that drive geologic mapping projects at the USGS and State Geologic Surveys, and 2) more geologic maps produced in academia will eventually be made available to the public. As of 2019, EDMAP has funded 1,290 students from 165 universities.

Deadline: Nov. 19, 2019

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

U.S. accredited university geoscience or related departments are eligible for EDMAP funds. University professors must write and submit the proposals. EDMAP cooperative agreements are intended to fund upper level (junior and senior) undergraduate and graduate (Masters and Doctoral) students conducting geologic mapping in the field. Undergraduate students must have received mineralogy, petrology and structural geology training prior to the time they are to begin the proposed geologic mapping project. While it is proper for the Principal Investigator or faculty advisor to ask for some logistical support so that they may mentor their student(s) in the field for a credible amount of time, the bulk of the award is intended to support the student’s mapping efforts. EDMAP cooperative agreements do not support faculty salaries nor do they support student tuition.



Amount Description

EDMAP allows funding requests of up to $17,500 for each graduate student primary mapper and $10,000 for each undergraduate primary mapper per year. 

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

November 19, 2019