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.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: 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: Continued funding of long-standing cooperative agreement with the State of Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys for the charter of helicopter and specialized boats for the conduct of intensive fieldwork on Alaskan volcanoes, the conduct of studies of eruption histories of select volcanoes, the operation and maintenance of the Alaska Volcano Observatory website, and assistance in monitoring eruptions in Alaska.

Fiscal Year 2019: Continued funding of long-standing cooperative agreement with the University of Hawaii for aiding in the monitoring the 35-year-long eruption of Kilauea volcano, volcano hazard mapping and risk analysis, and public outreach for Hawaiian volcanoes.

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

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Wyoming State Geological Survey $ 69,205   2010-01-012011-12-30
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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: In FY17 the Program received 6 applications and issued 6 cooperative agreement awards. Fiscal Year 2018: In FY18 the Program anticipates 6 applications and issuing 6 cooperative agreement awards. Fiscal Year 2019: In FY19 the Program anticipates 6 applications and issuing 6 cooperative agreement awards.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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.


Application Procedures

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 Procedures

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/).


Sep 01, 2018 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.


Outer Continental Shelf Resource Management, 43 U.S.C. 36d.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Established annually. The range of approval/disapproval time is from 3 to 6 months.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

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


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

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. 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 17 $3,344,444; FY 18 est $3,500,000; and FY 19 est $370,000 - Expect some increased funding in out years due to salary and benefits increases for cooperator staff.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$20,000 to $2,000,000; average $250,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

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

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.

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