Four images created with 3DEP-quality lidar and IfSAR technology by the 3D Elevation Program

3D Elevation Program (3DEP)

FY19/20 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)  Information Sharing Site

What is 3DEP?

The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Geospatial Program developed the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) to respond to the growing needs for high-quality elevation data.  3DEP’s goal is to complete acquisition of nationwide lidar (IfSAR in AK) by 2023 to provide the first-ever national baseline of consistent high-resolution elevation data – both bare earth and 3D point clouds.

Additional 3DEP resources may be found at  https//


3DEP Partnership Opportunities

The FY19/20 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) was released September 9, 2019. Information and contacts is posted to (Reference Number 140G0119R0029) and (Opportunity Number G19AS00124).

The BAA provides detailed information on how to partner with the USGS and other Federal agencies to acquire high-quality 3D Elevation data. Applicants may contribute funds toward a USGS lidar data acquisition activity via the Geospatial Products and Services Contracts (GPSC) or they may request 3DEP funds toward a lidar data acquisition activity where the requesting partner is the acquiring authority.

Federal agencies, state and local governments, tribes, academic institutions and the private sector are eligible to submit proposals. Proposals will be due November 8, 2019, and awards will be announced starting December 2019 through FY2020 subject to available funding.  Find out more at

Public Webinars – Learn more about how to apply for partnership funds or attend a meeting discussing 3DEP in your geographic area of interest

View the Proposed Collection Areas – Look for an opportunity to partner with Federal agency and other stakeholders on proposed projects in your geographic area of interest

Propose an Area of Interest – Share your plans and areas of interest with other stakeholders in your geographic area of interest



Updated on April 16, 2020
Elevation Theme

Community Type: NGDA

Sponsor: FGDC

Sponsor Email:

Theme Lead Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Theme Lead: Ashley Chappell (NOAA), Sue Buto (Acting – USGS)