OSP FO# 11-007

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Engineering (ENG)/Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)/Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE)/Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES)/United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

PROGRAM: Disaster Resilience for Rural Communities (DRRC)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding for proposals to advance basic research in engineering and in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences on enhancing disaster resilience in rural communities.

Proposals must address at least one of the following topics, or a combination, in terms of the vulnerabilities and resilience of rural communities to natural hazards or risks from accidents at facilities such as chemical plants:

  1. Hazard mitigation practices of rural communities;
  2. Hazard preparedness and emergency response in rural communities; or
  3. Disaster recovery in rural communities.

Although applications on any of the topics identified above will be considered, the following are a few examples of potential emphases for research in rural communities:
- Measuring vulnerability and resilience, their causes and consequences;
- The role of markets, especially agricultural and labor, in understanding vulnerability and resilience;
- Vulnerability and resilience at the individual, group, and community scales;
- The role of culture, complexity, and social networks in vulnerability and resilience;
- Intergovernmental relations in hazard and disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery;
- Role of forces and organizations from outside rural communities in the vulnerability and resilience of rural communities;
- Risk perceptions and behavioral reactions to communications from official and other sources; and
- Land-use and housing decisions.

This competition will not support terrorism research.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Eligible research proposals must have at least one investigator from the social/behavioral/economic sciences or engineering.

Any investigator may appear as a Principal Investigator (PI), co-PI or other senior personnel on only one proposal submitted in response to this particular solicitation. This limitation includes proposals submitted by a lead organization, any sub-award submitted as part of a proposal, or any non-lead collaborative proposal.

DEADLINE: March 4, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF and the USDA-NIFA anticipate providing $2 million to fund 4–6 awards. Proposals may request total award sizes (including indirect costs) of up to $400,000 for duration of 1–3 years. This maximum is for the total of the project, not a yearly maximum.

Robert O’Connor, Program Director
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE)
Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES)
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-7263
Fax: (703) 292-9068
Email: roconnor@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11510/nsf11510.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact Alex Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) or Elmer Smith (esmith2@bu.edu)in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 11-510 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.