OSP FO# 11-200

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Engineering (ENG)/Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)

PROGRAM: George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Research (NEESR)

OBJECTIVES: This program supports research that utilizes the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) to advance knowledge, discovery, and innovation for (1) earthquake and tsunami loss reduction of our nation’s civil infrastructure, and (2) new experimental simulation techniques and instrumentation for NEES. NEES comprises a network of 14 earthquake engineering experimental equipment sites, available for experimentation on-site or in the field and through telepresence, linked together through the NEEShub cyberinfrastructure.

NEES equipment sites include shake tables, geotechnical centrifuges, a tsunami wave basin, unique large-scale testing laboratory facilities, and mobile and permanently installed field equipment. The NEEShub cyberinfrastructure connects, via Internet2, the equipment sites as well as provides telepresence; a curated central data repository known as the NEES Project Warehouse; simulation tools; collaborative tools for facilitating on-line planning, execution, and post-processing of experiments; and the NEES Academy for education and outreach.

This program 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.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

DEADLINE: November 2, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $9 million to fund 8–14 awards. Support will range from $50,000 to $400,000 per year, for up to three years. Awards must schedule for and complete experimental testing at the NEES equipment site(s) by September 30, 2014. Annual requested budgets must be commensurate with the scope of work proposed for each year. Budgets requested near the upper limit must demonstrate significant required use of NEES equipment site(s) to conduct the proposed research.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Joy M. Pauschke, Program Director
George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation
Directorate for Engineering
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 545 S
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-7024
Fax: (703) 292-9053
Email: jpauschk@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11566/nsf11566.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 India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@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 web site 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 11-566 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.