Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 3/18/2024

Earthquake Hazards Program External Research Support Announcement

The USGS Earthquake Hazards Program (EHP) issues this annual Announcement for assistance to support research in earthquake hazards, the physics of earthquakes, earthquake occurrence, and earthquake safety policy and address the Department of Interior’s Secretarial priorities related to centering equity and environmental justice in everything we do. This activity is authorized by the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977 (Public Law 95-124, 42 U.S.C. 7701 et. seq.), and as amended by the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-307).

Deadline: May 23, 2024

Areas of Interest

Research priorities are distributed across ten Research Areas—five regional and five topical areas:
•Central and Eastern United States (CEUS): The United States east of the Rocky Mountains, includingPuerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands;
•Intermountain West (IMW): From the Cascade Range and eastern flank of the Sierra Nevada to thefront ranges of the Rocky Mountains, including Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona, and portions ofWashington, Oregon, California, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.
•Northern California (NC): From Cape Mendocino to the central creeping section of the San Andreasfault and the adjacent Coast Ranges, with particular emphasis on the greater San Francisco Bay Area;
•Pacific Northwest and Alaska (PNA): Washington and Oregon, California north of CapeMendocino (Cascadia), and Alaska;
•Southern California (SC): From the Carrizo Plain south to the international border with Mexico.
•Earthquake Early Warning (EEW): Basic and applied research to improve the accuracy, reliability,and timeliness of earthquake early warning alerts generated by ShakeAlert as well as research tobenefit ShakeAlert communication, education, and outreach needs;

•Earthquake Rupture Forecasting (ERF): Research that stands to have a more immediate impact onearthquake rupture forecasts being deployed by the USGS, both with respect to time-independentand time-dependent models;
•Earthquake Source Processes (ESP): Basic and applied, geographically broad research tocharacterize natural and induced earthquakes and constrain their physics;
•Hazard, Impacts, and Risk (HIR): Basic and applied, geographically broad research on the effectsof earthquakes (including ground failure) and their impacts to the built environment, research thatis relevant for probabilistic and/or scenario seismic hazard and risk analysis (including theNSHM), and near-real-time earthquake response (including ShakeMap and PAGER).
•Ground Motion (GM): Basic and applied research to understand and model earthquake groundmotions, including for use in EHP products.

Amount Description

It is estimated that a total of $4 million will be awarded in support of competitive research grants in FY2025, with a maximum total of $7 million. Based on awards in recent years, 60 to 80 new awards are funded each fiscal year. There is no maximum award amount (i.e., any amount may be proposed if it can be justified appropriately), however, the majority of grants range between $30,000 and $100,000. This estimate does not bind the USGS to a specified number of awards or to the amount of any award unless that amount is specified by statute or regulation.

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