Grant Details

USGS Cooperative Landslide Hazard Mapping and Assessment Program - FY 2024

Agency: U.S. Department of Interior
CFDA: 15.821
Federal FON: G24AS00345
Office: United States Geological Survey (USGS) Landslide Hazards Program (LHP)
Multipart Grant: No
Next Due: 06/17/2024 (Proposal)
Solicitation Date: 04/17/2024
Match Required: Recommended
Match Type: Cash/In-Kind
Actual Funds: $1,000,000 (Estimated)
Award Range: $10,000 (Min) / $300,000 (Max)
Number of Awards: 10 (Estimated)

The purpose of this program is to support communication, planning, coordination, mapping, assessments, and data collection of landslide hazards. Projects must address at least one of the following risk reduction priority areas:

  • Landslide hazard mapping and assessment: development of better landslide hazard mapping and assessments that can be used to inform vulnerability and risk-assessment activities; activities may include:
    • Landslide hazard mapping
    • Landslide event database creation that describes spatial and temporal information related to storm events, earthquakes, or other regional landslide events
    • Assessments to improve understanding of landslide behavior, including where landslides will initiate and where debris could travel after an event
    • Assessment of the influence of land use and land management practices on landslide likelihood and magnitude
  • Landslide planning and coordination: improving planning and coordination among research, private industry, land management, and emergency management communities, as well as across various levels of government to ensure that the right information is in the right hands at the right time; activities may include:
    • Development of landslide emergency and technical response protocols, roles and responsibilities, procedures, or products to address local landslide emergencies
    • Development, coordination, and facilitation of a landslide working group that shares best practices and lessons learned for effective landslide outreach, preparedness planning, education, land use practices, and other areas of landslide risk reduction
    • Other activities
  • Landslide education, engagement, and outreach: ensuring stakeholder comprehension of landslide risk reduction products to reduce landslide losses; activities may include:
    • Development of materials promoting landslide education, outreach, and engagement to the public
    • Providing collaborative engagement opportunities, such as workshops or trainings, for specialists and practitioners that facilitate addressing important challenges, including landslide hazard mitigation, response, preparedness, or resilience
    • Engaging user communities to assess the efficacy of existing landslide products and elicit their suggestions for improvements and new products

Refer to pages 32-35 of the NOFA file for information regarding additional eligible activities.

Priority will be given to projects that will achieve the greatest landslide hazard and risk reduction; that reflect the goals and priorities of the National Strategy for Landslide Loss Reduction; for which at least 50 percent of the total cost of the proposal is matched by nonfederal sources; and that include enhanced elevation data consistent with the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP).

Priority will also be given to projects that:

  • Demonstrate strong collaboration with intended users
  • Develop protocols for others to follow in the future
  • Encourage collaboration across state, tribal, territorial, or other municipal boundaries
  • Target landslide hazard mitigation and risk reduction in underserved communities, and in populations whose vulnerability may be directly related to socioeconomic factors

Collaborative projects are permitted. Two types of collaborative proposals will be accepted:

  • Type A: collaboration between two or more external organizations
  • Type B: collaboration between an external organization and a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) internal project; collaborative projects between a USGS internal project and external investigator(s) must be structured in such a way that neither project could succeed without the other being funded

Projects must align with the National Landslide Preparedness Act, attached as the ProgramStatute file, as well as the National Strategy for Landslide Loss Reduction, attached as the LandslideStrategy file.

Eligible costs include salaries and wages, fringe benefits/labor overhead, equipment, supplies, services or consultants, limited travel costs, publication costs, other direct costs, and indirect costs.

Eligibility Notes:

Eligible applicants are state, tribal, territorial, and local governments.

A university may submit a proposal on behalf of a state geological survey or other state office, if they are organized under a university system.

Two types of collaborative proposals will be accepted:

  • Type A: collaboration between two or more external organizations
  • Type B: collaboration between an external organization and a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) internal project; collaborative projects between a USGS internal project and external investigator(s) must be structured in such a way that neither project could succeed without the other being funded

For Type A collaborative proposals, a separate proposal must be submitted from each external organization involved in collaborative studies.

Proposals from U.S. government agencies or U.S. government employees will not be accepted, unless part of a collaborative proposal.

Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) are ineligible to apply.

Eligible Applicants:
Local Government
Native American Tribe
State Government
Application Notes:

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. ET on June 17, 2024.

Applications must be submitted online at Hard-copy submissions will not be accepted.

Applications must include:

  • SF 424
  • SF 424A/SF 424C (as applicable)
  • SF 424B
  • SF LLL (if applicable)
  • Budget narrative
  • Data management plan
  • Project narrative (15 pages max):
    • Proposal information summary
    • Project abstract summary
    • Table of contents
    • Budget summary
    • Project description
  • Curriculum vitae or resumes (2 pages max)
  • Letters of support
  • USGS scientist collaboration statement form (if applicable)
  • Conflict of interest disclosure
  • Single audit reporting statement
  • Certification regarding lobbying (if applicable)
  • Overlap or duplication of effort statement
  • Indirect cost statement and documents (as applicable)

The project narrative must be formatted in an at least 11-point font on single-spaced pages. Components A through E of the project narrative, as listed on pages 15-17 of the NOFA file, must be combined in a single .pdf or Word document.

The following are required in order to submit an application:

  • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number
  • SAM (System for Award Management) registration
  • SPOC (state Single Point of Contact) notification

Applicants may obtain a UEI number and verify or renew SAM registration status at Applicants in states participating in the SPOC program must contact the relevant SPOC listed in the SPOC file before applying.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Technical merit and quality
  • Societal benefits
  • Knowledge, performance, and experience
  • Appropriateness and reasonableness of budget
  • Address language from National Landslide Preparedness Act

Refer to the NOFA file for additional application information.

Match Required: Recommended
Match Type: Cash/In-Kind
Actual Funds: $1,000,000 (Estimated)
Award Range: $10,000 (Min) / $300,000 (Max)
Number of Awards: 10 (Estimated)
Match Notes:

There are no matching requirements for this program; however, prioritization will be given to projects for which at least 50 percent of the total project cost is matched by nonfederal cash and/or in-kind matching contributions.

The following may not be used as a match:

  • Contributions included as contributions on any other federal award
  • Contributions paid by the federal government through another award, except where authorized
Funding Notes:

Approximately $1 million is available to support an anticipated ten awards ranging from $10,000 to $300,000 through this program.

It is anticipated that projects will span one year; however, a project period of two years may be appropriate, if necessary, and will be considered. Requests for no-cost extensions will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and are discouraged.

Awards are anticipated to be made on July 15, 2024. All projects must begin between July 15, 2024, and September 30, 2024.

Travel expenses of up to $6,000 are allowable for staff to attend scientific conferences/workshops or relevant training.

Funds may not be used for:

  • Projects with real or apparent conflict of interest
  • Long-term projects dependent on external funding, such as landslide monitoring or instrumentation
  • Projects principally involving direct procurement of a product or equipment
  • Conference travel for contractors
  • Lobbying
  • Pre-award costs

Program Technical Assistance Contact:

Stephen Slaughter
Project Officer
(720) 483-3945

Program Administration Assistance Contact:

Amber Brazil
Grant Specialist
(703) 648-7477

Contracting Officer Contact:

Sherri Bredesen
National Grants Branch Chief
(703) 648-7485

Agency Address
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20240

Contact Notes:

Questions should be directed to the appropriate program contact.

Applications must be submitted online at

The agency address provided is for reference purposes only.

NOFA File: US17751_NOFA_FY2024.pdf (646.7 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US17751_ProgramStatute_FY2024.pdf (227.0 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US17751_LandslideStrategy_FY2024.pdf (3.8 Mb)
Federal Forms:
SPOC (195.6 Kb)
File Notes:

The NOFA file contains the full solicitation for this program. The ProgramStatute file contains the National Landslide Preparedness Act. The LandslideStrategy file contains the landslide national strategy for landslide loss reduction. The SPOC file contains information on the state Single Point of Contact program.

Grant Keywords
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Grant Categories
Community Development
Disaster Preparedness
Environment/Natural Resources