December 14, 2010
2011 NEESR Program Solicitation & One-Stop Shop
The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites proposals for research that uses the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) to advance knowledge discovery and innovation.
This solicitation especially seeks ground-breaking, transformative basic research, requiring the use of NEES equipment sites and/or data curated and archived in the NEES Project Warehouse, which will produce fundamentally new approaches to earthquake loss reduction and experimental simulation, i.e., rethinking the "science" of earthquake engineering from basic concepts of materials and design to complete systems to multi-hazard approaches to sustainable mitigation. It is not expected that all research awarded under this solicitation will directly result in immediate technology transfer or code applications, but rather may provide the basis of fundamental knowledge for future investigations that could eventually transform hazard mitigation or experimental simulation nationally and globally. Research that will make significant reuse of data in the NEES Project Warehouse must lead to new fundamental knowledge for earthquake hazard mitigation.
Potential Research Topics:
• NEHRP Strategic Priorities
• Simulation Development
• Payload Projects
• International Collaboration Research Topics
Proposals may utilize, in conjunction with the NEES experimental facilities, other major facilities, instrumentation, and observatories; especially encouraged are use with the following facilities:
• Earth Science (EarthScope)/Earthquake Engineering (NEES) Research Opportunities: EarthScope is an Earth science program to explore the four-dimensional structure of the North America continent (http://www.earthscope.org/). The NEES and EarthScope facilities provide complementary capabilities to extend the continuum and interface of knowledge, innovation, and technology in earth sciences and earthquake engineering.
• Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS): The ANSS (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/research/monitoring/anss/) is maintained and operated by the U. S. Geological Survey. The NEES experimental equipment provides unique capabilities for research on ANSS-instrumented sites and structures.
• NEES/E-Defense Earthquake Engineering Research Collaboration: The 3-D Full-Scale Earthquake Testing Shake Table Facility, known as E-Defense, (http://www.bosai.go.jp/hyogo/ehyogo/), built by the Japanese National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), opened for research in 2005. The NEES equipment sites and the E-Defense shake table operated by NIED offer complementary earthquake engineering experimental facilities for large and full scale testing. Proposals may be submitted to this solicitation that intend to use both NEES facilities and the E-Defense shake table in the conduct of their research; such proposals are encouraged to include collaborators from Japan.
Support ranges from $50,000 to $600,000 per year, for up to four years, pending availability of funds and quality of proposals. Awards must schedule for and complete experimental testing at the NEES equipment site(s) by September 30, 2014. For proposal details, visit NEESR Program Solicitation.
To help make the process easier, we've developed the NEESR Proposal One-Stop Shop, a central location with links to information and material that you may find helpful during the preparation phase of your proposal as well as following notice of award. It includes links to the new Data Plan Template to facilitate your work in preparing the data plan for your proposal, the Vision 2020- An Open Space Technology Workshop on the Future of Earthquake Engineering Report, the Equipment Site Policy Compliance Check (ESPCC) and more.
Due Date: March 9, 2011