2024 SCEC Science Plan

SCEC Science Plan

SCEC is pleased to solicit proposals for earthquake research that align with our Science Plan. The Science Plan emphasizes new opportunities, particularly those enabled by a geographic scope that includes the entire transform plate boundary between the Pacific and North American Plates from western Nevada to the Borderlands offshore, and from Baja California to Cape Mendocino. The Science Plan provides a roadmap on how to distribute efforts in southern, central, and northern California to develop statewide Community Earth Models and other goals of the Center.
We welcome all proposals that can contribute to SCEC’s science goals in general, along with related community engagement and workforce development activities. We look forward to receiving your proposals!

SCEC is committed to sustaining a research collaboration for basic and applied earthquake science that is agile, open to new investigators, and has the authority to convene a global platform for multidisciplinary research, workforce development, and community engagement across earthquake science. These goals promote a professional culture that values equity, diversity, and inclusion, enabling the Center to maximize the contributions of the next generation of earthquake scientists.

Proposal Deadline and Submission 

Proposals are due by December 8, 2023 at 5:00pm PST. 

Proposals should be submitted electronically through the SCEC Proposal System. Individual investigators must have a SCEC.org account (with current institutional affiliation and contact information) and have submitted any past due reports.

Proposal Guidelines

Potential investigators should read the SCEC Science Plan in its entirety, and understand the expectations for participation in the SCEC collaboration.
Typical SCEC awards range from $10,000 to support workshops up to $35,000 for collaborative research projects with multiple investigators. These amounts are not fixed, but rather to calibrate expectations for proposal budgets. Successful proposals are contracted with the University of Southern California (USC). Funded institutions should be eligible to receive Federal funds, have a Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA), and be located in the United States.
Researchers employed by state or federal government entities are encouraged to seek internal funding from their institutions to work with SCEC-funded private researchers on collaborative proposals. SCEC has achieved great success with this model for research advancements, which also provides unique opportunities for cross-pollinating workforce development.
Refer to the SCEC Science Plan for detailed information. To be complete, a proposal must include all required information and be submitted by the due date. Incomplete proposals will be rejected.
  1. Cover Page: Use the template cover page provided.
  2. Project Description: Clearly articulate the research to be undertaken, including the specific objectives, anticipated significance, experimental methods, and work plan. Where appropriate, include information about data management and sharing, contributions of named collaborators, and results of prior SCEC support. The Project Description should justify the project both scientifically and in terms of its broader impacts, and explain how it achieves SCEC goals and priorities.
  3. Budget and Justification: Each institution requesting funding must include a budget table and a budget justification.
  4. Current and Pending Support: All investigators requesting funding must include an up-to-date statement of their current and pending (C&P) support, and describe any potential overlap with the proposed SCEC project.
Proposals are evaluated based on (a) scientific merit of the proposed research; (b) competence, diversity, career level, performance of the investigators; (c) alignment of the proposed project with SCEC priorities; (d) promise of the proposed project for contributing to long-term SCEC goals; (e) commitment of the investigators and institutions to the SCEC mission, including commitment to enhanced diversity, equity and inclusion in geosciences; (f) value of the proposed research relative to its cost; and (g) the need to achieve a balanced budget while maintaining reasonable scientific continuity with limited funding. Note that proposals that receive a low rating or no funding are not necessarily scientifically inferior. Instead, they may not meet the criteria above.

Contact Information

Questions not answered in the Science Plan? Contact proposals@scec.org.

Important Dates

  • 2024 SCEC Science Plan Announced: Nov 7, 2023
  • SCEC Proposal Deadline: Dec 8, 2023
  • Review of SCEC Proposals: Dec 2023-Jan 2024
  • SCEC Award Notifications: Spring 2024