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
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: U.S. Geological Survey
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
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/).
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
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. For further information, please contact the regional office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual and final technical reports, as well as other products, are required and must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions. Annual and final financial reports must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions. Cash reports are not applicable. No progress reports are required. Annual and final financial reports are required must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 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
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Recipients are encouraged to share in the cost of each research project.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Cooperative agreements will normally be awarded in, but not restricted to, 12 month budget periods. Project duration may not exceed 5 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Charles Mandeville Volcano Hazards Program Office, Geologic Discipline, Geological Survey, 3A204 National Center, Reston, Virginia 20192 Email: cmandeville@usgs.gov Phone: (703) 648-4773 Fax: (703) 648-5483
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $375,841; FY 15 est $400,000; and FY 16 est $400,000 - (Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $375,841; FY 15 $400,000; and FY 16 $400,000.
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 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.


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