Major Projects &
SCEC Science Collaboration Plan
The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) coordinates basic research in earthquake science using Southern California as its natural laboratory. SCEC emphasizes the connections between information gathering by sensor networks, fieldwork, and laboratory experiments; knowledge formulation through physics-based, system-level modeling; improved understanding of seismic hazard; and actions to reduce earthquake risk and promote resilience. The Center is a consortium of institutions that coordinates earthquake system science within Southern California. SCEC’s long-term goal is to understand how seismic hazards change across all time scales of scientific and societal interest, from millennia to seconds. The annual SCEC Science Collaboration Plan solicits proposals from individuals and groups to participate in the SCEC research program.
SCEC was created as a Science and Technology Center (STC) on February 1, 1991, with joint funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS). SCEC graduated from the STC Program in 2002, and was funded as a stand-alone center under cooperative agreements with both agencies in three consecutive phases, SCEC2 (1 Feb 2002 to 31 Jan 2007), SCEC3 (1 Feb 2007 to 31 Jan 2012), and SCEC4 (1 Feb 2012 to 31 Jan 2017). The SCEC4 project, described as "Tracking Earthquake Cascades" takes the collaboration in ambitious new directions, with the goal of addressing the six fundamental problems in earthquake science outlined in the proposal.
See the SCEC Science Collaboration Plan document (aka SCEC RFP) for complete instructions for proposal submission, eligibility requirements, and evaluation criteria.
Download Current RFP: 2013
DUE November 9, 2012 (5:00 pm PST)
How to Submit a Proposal to SCEC
Questions not answered in the Collaboration Plan? Contact John McRaney.
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