4 research scientists (Western Team, Menlo Park);
2 research scientists (Woods Hole Team);
2 research scientists (St. Petersburg Team);
1 research scientist (Western Energy Program Team); and
2 external research scientists (Eastern Geologic Mapping Team and Biologic Resources Division).
To keep abreast of project activities, progress, and accomplishments and in anticipation of developing the Program Prospectus for the following year, the PAC organizes a series of project briefings in January/February. These briefings provide the Program office and the PAC members with an understanding of how projects are performing and what concerns and issues need to be considered in developing the Prospectus and in preparing for the next year's workplan and proposal cycle.
The briefings are organized by the PAC and held at each of the three centers. They consist of one to two days of presentations to PAC members, to Program office staff, and to center managers. The presentations are open to staff. The presenters are asked to focus on current research activities and recent accomplishments and products, as well as issues and concerns of the project PI and staff. Written comments, recommendations, and feed back from the project briefings are developed by the Program and the PAC and given to the project PIs.
Early March—The Prospectus is made available through a division-wide release to the USGS research staff.
Early April—Preproposals for new project starts are submitted by USGS staff.
April—All of the preproposals are reviewed by the division program coordinators, and based on scientific merit the preproposals are rejected or authors are encouraged to submit full proposals.
Early June—Workplans for continuing projects and new project proposals are submitted.
June–July—The Program Advisory Council and Management Team meet together to review the proposals and workplans. The PAC evaluates and comments on scientific merit and Program relevance. Written comments on scientific merit, relevance, and productivity are developed by the PAC during and