Volcano Hazards Program Research and Monitoring


To advance the scientific understanding of volcanic processes and to lessen the harmful impacts of volcanic activity. The Volcano Hazards Program (VHP) monitors active and potentially active volcanoes, assesses their hazards, responds to volcanic crises, and conducts research on how volcanoes work to fulfill a Congressional mandate (Public Law 93-288) that the USGS issue "timely warnings" of potential volcanic hazards to responsible emergency-management authorities and to the populace affected. VHP provides domestic assistance in order to expand the expertise and capabilities applied to fulfilling its mission.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
U.S. Geological Survey, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 No Current Data Available. In FY17 the Program received 6 applications and issued 6 cooperative agreement awards.
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY18 the Program received 6 applications and issued 6 cooperative agreement awards
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY19 the Program anticipates 6 applications and issuing 6 cooperative agreement
Fiscal Year 2020 In FY20 the Program anticipates 6 applications and issuing 6 cooperative agreement awards.
Outer Continental Shelf Resource Management, 43 U.S.C. 36d
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Beneficiary Eligibility
Proposals must furnish evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed research and operations.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Notwithstanding the provision at OMB Circular A-110, Subpart C, __.25 (e)(1), discussions regarding funding availability and program interest are strongly encouraged, as limited funding is available for new projects.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is subject to the provisions of 2 CFR Part 200 and Department of the Interior regulations 2 CFR Part 1402 and 43 CFR Part 12. Application form Standard Form (SF) 424 must be used. The application requirements as contained in the announcement package and the above regulations must be used for this program. Applications may be made only through the internet site http://www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure
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/).
February 1, 2019 2 agreements April 1, 2019 June 1, 2019 July 1, 2019 September 1, 2019 Deadlines for application submission for the 6 ongoing cooperative agreements are approximately 2 weeks before the start dates of February 1 (2 agreements), April 1, June 1, July 1, and September 1.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Established annually. The range of approval/disapproval time is from 3 to 6 months.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Scientists within the Geological Survey will review and evaluate all applications consistent with authorized USGS program purposes. Criteria for judging applications will include scientific excellence and relevance to the solution of important problems within the mission of the Geological Survey Applications will be funded only to the extent permitted by available funds.
How may assistance be used?
Cooperative Agreements are entered into for the purpose of conducting monitoring and research as specified in Public Law 93-288.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
Recipients are subject to the audit requirements of 2 CFR Part 200 Subpart F.
Records must be maintained and made available for audit for three 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
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Charles Mandeville
Volcano Hazards Program Office, Geologic Discipline, Geological Survey, 3A204 National Center
Reston, VA 20192 US
Phone: (703) 648-4773
Fax: (703) 648-5483
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$2,632,491.00; FY 19 est $3,500,000.00; FY 20 est $3,500,000.00; FY 17$3,344,444.00; - FY19 and FY20 amounts are estimates based on prior year funding levels only.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$20,000 to $2,000,000; average $250,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 No Current Data Available. Continued funding of long-standing cooperative agreement with the University of Utah for operation and maintenance of the Yellowstone seismic and geodetic networks that play a crucial role in monitoring the Yellowstone Volcanic Center.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Current Data Available
Fiscal Year 2019 No Current Data Available
Fiscal Year 2020 No Current Data Available


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