Earthquake Hazards Program Assistance
To support earthquake hazards research and monitoring in order to develop information, knowledge, and methods relevant to the major Earthquake Hazards Program elements: Assessment and Characterization of Earthquake Hazards; Monitoring and Reporting Earthquake Activity and Crustal Deformation; Conducting Research into Earthquake Causes and Effects; and Earthquake and Safety Information for Loss Reduction. Specific objectives and research tasks identified as measures of progress towards the goals of these program elements are described in greater detail in Program Announcements posted to Grants.gov
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
U.S. Geological Survey, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2017
As of 3/17/17 212 competitive applications received; awarded 44 earthquake hazards grants. 212 competitive applications received; awarded 77 earthquake hazard grants & cooperative agreements.Fiscal Year 2018
199 competitive applications received; awarded 60 Earthquake Hazards grants.Fiscal Year 2019
212 competitive applications received; awarded 66 Earthquake Hazards grants.Fiscal Year 2020
In FY20 the program anticipates receiving 200 applications and issuing 60 awards.
42 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Public and private colleges and universities; Non-profit, non-academic organizations; For-profit organizations; State and Local Governments; and unaffiliated scientists.
Research scientists, engineers, and the general public will ultimately benefit from the program.
Proposals must furnish evidence of the principal investigator's qualifications for performance of the proposed research.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants will use the SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance and Assurances. This program is subject to the Department of the Interior regulations at 43 CFR Part 12, Subparts C and D, or any subsequent revisions. The application requirements as contained in the announcement package and the above regulations must be used for this program. Applications may be submitted only through the internet site http://www.grants.gov.
Notification of an award is by receipt of a grant or cooperative agreement from a U.S. Geological Survey contracting officer through FedConnect (https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/).
May 29, 2019 The application period for grants is generally open from mid-February until mid-May each year.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Due dates for assistance applications are stated in Grants.gov postings. The range of approval is 5 to 9 months.
A renewal proposal competes with all other proposals and must be developed fully as though the proposer is applying for the first time.
How are proposals selected?
Panels composed of expert scientists and engineers drawn from government, universities, and private industry evaluate all grant applications. Criteria for judging applications includes: relevance and timeliness of the proposed research to the goals of the program; technical quality of the proposal; competence of the principal investigator and recipient organization; and appropriateness and reasonableness of the budget.
How may assistance be used?
Specific research and monitoring objectives are identified in Program Announcements posted to Grants.gov.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
All records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the final financial report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is voluntary. Recipients are encouraged to share in the cost of each research project.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award. Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Jill M. Franks
Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, MS-905 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192 US
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$28,500,000.00; FY 19 est $28,500,000.00; FY 20 est $28,500,000.00; FY 17$16,999,000.00; - FY19 and FY20 amounts are estimates based on prior year funding levels only.Y18 and FY19 amounts are estimates based on prior year funding levels only.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$6,000 to $1,340,000; average $74,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
Source zone characteristics; Earthquake monitoring and early warning development and prototype testing; Induced seismicity studies; and Fault zone studies; and Seismic zonation and engineering studies. Source zone characteristics; Earthquake monitoring and early warning development and prototype testing; Induced seismicity studies; and Fault zone studies; and Seismic zonation and engineering studies.Fiscal Year 2018
Source zone characteristics; Earthquake monitoring and early warning development and prototype testing; Induced seismicity studies; and Fault zone studies; and Seismic zonation and engineering studiesFiscal Year 2019
Source zone characteristics; Earthquake monitoring and early warning development and prototype testing; Induced seismicity studies; and Fault zone studies; and Seismic zonation and engineering studiesFiscal Year 2020
Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that are similar to FY2019, in addition to Earthquake Early Warning studies