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Technical Announcement:
USGS Offers $5 Million in Earthquake Research Grants

--Applications due May 18, 2011--
Released: 4/4/2011 8:00:00 AM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Elizabeth Lemersal 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-6701

RESTON, Va. — The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will award up to $5 million in grants and cooperative agreements for earthquake research in 2012.

Interested researchers can apply online at GRANTS.GOV under the funding opportunity number G11AS20009. Applications are due May 18, 2011.

The USGS awards approximately 90 research grants to universities, state geological surveys and private institutions. Key projects include cataloging earthquakes in southern California to better prepare emergency responders, the public and the media about earthquakes; providing seismic hazard estimates so communities and critical institutions can engineer their buildings and roads to be structurally sound; and providing data on ground shaking to help minimize damage.

A complete list of funded projects and reports can be found on the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program external research support Web site.

The $5 million available for earthquake grants and cooperative agreements is consistent with the President's FY 2012 budget request, which proposes to reduce the funding for this activity by

$2 million from the previous year.

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