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
Related Programs

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.

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 studies.

Fiscal Year 2019: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

Program anticipates funding projects that are similar to FY2018, in addition to Earthquake Early Warning studies.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Trustees Of The Colorado School Of Mines $ 50,833   2020-01-012021-12-31
University Of California San Diego $ 111,932   2020-01-012021-12-31
Nevada System Of Higher Education $ 47,598   2019-08-012021-07-31
University Of Memphis, The $ 80,179   2019-05-012021-04-30
Trustees Of The Colorado School Of Mines $ 30,477   2020-01-012020-12-31
Regents Of The University Of California, The $ 51,347   2020-01-012020-12-31
Natural Resources, Utah Department Of $ 29,467   2020-01-012020-12-31
California Institute Of Technology $ 30,000   2020-01-012020-12-31
Undisclosed Recipient $ 29,868   2020-01-012020-12-31
Leland Stanford Junior University, The $ 75,169   2020-01-012020-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: 212 competitive applications received; awarded 77 earthquake hazard grants & cooperative agreements. Fiscal Year 2018: 199 competitive applications received; as of 3/29/18 awarded 21 Earthquake Hazards grants; additional grants to be awarded in April 2018. Fiscal Year 2019: In FY19 the program anticipates receiving 200 applications and issuing 60 awards.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Specific research and monitoring objectives are identified in Program Announcements posted to

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public and private colleges and universities; Non-profit, non-academic organizations; For-profit organizations; State and Local Governments; and unaffiliated scientists.

Beneficiary Eligibility

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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

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

Award Procedures

Notification of an award is by receipt of a grant or cooperative agreement from a U.S. Geological Survey contracting officer through FedConnect (


May 22, 2018 The application period for grants is generally open from mid-February until mid-May each year.


42 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Due dates for assistance applications are stated in postings. The range of approval is 5 to 9 months.


Not Applicable.


A renewal proposal competes with all other proposals and must be developed fully as though the proposer is applying for the first time.

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

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. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients request payment as needed throughout the award period.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Annual and final technical reports, as well as other products, are required and must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions.

Recipients must report expenditures using the SF 425, Federal Financial Report form.

Recipients must submit a final report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date.

Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim annual reports.

Program will detail all financial reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter.

Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200.


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.


All records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the final financial report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 17 $16,999,000; FY 18 est $16,999,000; and FY 19 est $16,999,000 - FY18 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

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Jill M. Franks Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, MS-905 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192 Email: Phone: (703)648-6716 Fax: (703)648-6717

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.

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