The SSA Community Grants Program

The Seismological Society of America seeks to support its community’s efforts that advance the mission of the Society through a modest grant program.

The SSA Community Grants Program accepts applications to support small scientific conferences, workshops and events that provide our members and future seismologists with opportunities for training, learning and networking.

Grant Recipients:

  • February 2023: Ericka Alinne Solano, Arturo Iglesias Mendoza and Miguel Angel Rodríguez at UNAM, Mexico City, were awarded $5,000 to create a short course that focuses on Bayesian inversion methods applied to geophysical and seismological data.
  • July 2022: The program’s first ever Community Grant was awarded to fund a workshop on subduction zone science (SZS) in January 2023 in Seattle, Washington. Congratulations to SSA members Joan Gomberg (USGS research geophysicist and University of Washington affiliate professor), Debi Kilb (project scientist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography) and Valerie Sahakian (assistant professor, University of Oregon) for their award of $5,000 to fund the workshop.

Application process:

SSA will accept proposals twice per year (February and July):

  • February 2023 for the period covering April 2023 – March 2024
  • July 2023 for the period covering September 2023 – August 2024

The next application period is July 2023.

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The proposal requirements include:

  • A meeting summary, including: an event title, location, dates and a two-paragraph summary.
  • A minimum of two meeting organizers who are members of the Society. The members must be in good standing for at least one year.
  • A detailed event plan that includes:
    • A description of the meeting purpose and objectives.
    • List of the names of your leadership team, their credentials and individual responsibilities.
    • Identification of the target audience and expected number of attendees. A tentative meeting schedule and program.
    • A description of the planning process.
    • A description of outreach efforts to those under-represented in seismology.
    • A description of the event location including facilities and logistical arrangements required to hold the event.
    • Identification of similar meetings and describe how the event will be unique.
    • A description of how the event will contribute to the global seismological community and advance earthquake science.
  • A detailed budget request.

Matching grants, cost sharing or other sources of funding are encouraged. The program will consider requests to cover direct expenses only. Grants will not cover institutional overhead.

The limit on grant requests for 2023 is $5,000 per request.

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Successful grant applicants are required to include acknowledgement of SSA as a sponsor in their programming or literature. “Funding for [event name] was made possible by the Seismological Society of America.”

Selection Process

A Board-level selection committee is chaired by Karen Fischer and includes Hiroshi Kawase and Carl Tape.

The selection committee will review applications based on the following criteria:

  • Significance and relevance to the SSA mission of advancing earthquake science.
  • Innovation in the seismological community. Does this event fill an existing gap in programming?
  • Approach to the creation of the event: Are the event logistics and planning process reasonable and detailed thoroughly?
  • Background of the event organizers and participants. Is the experience of the event organizers relevant to the meeting’s expected outcomes and goals?
  • Is our funding required?

Applicants are expected to receive notification of their application status within one month of the application deadline.