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 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.

During FY09 and FY10, the Volcano Hazards Program will provide funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for equipment replacement and upgrades of seismic and other monitoring systems.

The ARRA goals supported by this funding include the preservation and creation of jobs, advancement of scientific technology, and improvements in environmental protection.

Further details on this funding will be available at www.doi.gov and www.recovery.gov.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: Alaska volcano monitoring and research; Pacific NW seismic monitoring; Yellowstone seismic monitoring; Kilauea seismic and geodetic monitoring.

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available


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.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: The Volcano Hazards Program funds projects covering operation of seismic and geodetic monitoring networks, research on volcanic processes, and evaluation of regional and national volcanic hazards. During fiscal year 2008, 8 cooperative projects received funding. Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Cooperative Agreements are entered into for the purpose of conducting monitoring and research as specified in Public Law 93-288.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Private nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Higher Education (includes Research).

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land).

Other public institution/organization: Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land).

Profit organization: Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land)

Beneficiary Eligibility

State; Local; Public nonprofit institution/organization; Private nonprofit institution/organization; Anyone/general public; Scientist/Researchers; Engineer/Architect

Credentials/Documentation

Proposals must furnish evidence of the applicant"s qualifications for performance of the proposed research and operations. OMB Circular No. A-87 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.

Contracting officers are individuals who have been delegated in writing by the USGS Office of Acquisition and Grants as the sole authority designated to obligate Federal funds and create terms and conditions of awards.

They are the only individuals who have authority to negotiate, enter into, and administer awards resulting for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Application form Standard Form (SF) 424 must be used. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 and the Department of the Interior regulations at 43 CFR Part 12. The application requirements as contained in the Grants.gov announcement packages. Instructions for submitting applications are contained in each announcement package posted to www.grants.gov. Applicants are to submit required documentation electronically at http://www.grants.gov. Links to USGS program announcements are available through www.usgs.gov/contracts.

Award Procedures

Notification of an award is by a cooperative agreement document signed by a contracting officer.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Outer Continental Shelf Resource Management, 43 U.S.C 36(d); American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

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

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not applicable except that application may be revised and resubmitted.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. 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. Funds are released as required. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports covering 12 months of activities and final technical and financial reports are required and must be submitted electronically as described in the award package.

Projects funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will have additional reporting requirements as described in announcement packages at www.grants.gov.

Progress reports covering 12 months of activities and final technical and financial reports are required and must be submitted electronically as described in the award package.

Projects funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will have additional reporting requirements as described in announcement packages at www.grants.gov.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Applicants agree to give the sponsoring agency, the Comptroller General or other authorized audit agency access to and the right to examine records related to the award. Awards to educational institutions and nonprofit organizations are subject to the audit requirements of OMB Circular No. A-110, or superseding regulations. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations", nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program- specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 or more in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

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

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-0804-0-1-306 - TAFS code: 14-0803 2009/2010.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 08 $1,600,000; FY 09 est $2,000,000; FY 10 est $2,000,000 - ARRA Funds: FY08 $0.00; FY09 estimate $3,290,500.00; and FY10 estimate $3,290,500.00.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$20,000 to $1,400,000; average $250,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

John Eichelberger Volcano Hazards Program Office, Geologic Discipline, Geological Survey, 904 National Center, Reston 20192 Email: jeichelberger@usgs.gov Phone: (703) 648-6711

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, and the goals of the Recovery Act (ARRA). For the latter these include the preservation and creation of jobs, advancement of scientific technology, and improvements in environmental protection. Applications will be funded only to the extent permitted by available funds.



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