National Science Foundation

NSF: Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (2015 - 2019) (NHERI)

Program Summary

This solicitation will establish operations of the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) for 2015 - 2019. NHERI is the next generation of National Science Foundation (NSF) support for a natural hazards engineering research large facility, replacing the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES). NEES was established by NSF as a distributed, multi-user, national research infrastructure for earthquake engineering through a facility construction phase during 2000 - 2004, followed by operations of this infrastructure to support research, innovation, and education activities from October 2004 through September 2014.
During 2015 - 2019, NHERI will be a distributed, multi-user, national facility to provide the natural hazards engineering community with access to research infrastructure (earthquake and wind engineering experimental facilities, cyberinfrastructure, computational modeling and simulation tools, and research data), coupled with education and community outreach activities. NHERI will enable research and educational advances that can contribute knowledge and innovation for the nation's civil infrastructure and communities to prevent natural hazard events from becoming societal disasters.
NHERI will consist of the following components, established through up to ten individual awards:

Up to ten cooperative agreements are anticipated to commence in 2015, each with a five-year award duration. Awardees will not conduct research under their awards. The primary research enabled by NHERI will be conducted by investigators supported through separate NSF awards. The Awardees and the natural hazards engineering community will work together, through Governance and Awardee activities, to establish a shared vision for NHERI, set natural hazards engineering research and education agendas and priorities, and make NHERI a value-added and productive research infrastructure. 

Limitation / Eligibility

An academic institution may submit up to two proposals as the lead institution, but may not submit more than one proposal as the lead institution in any one of the following four proposal categories:
  1. Network Coordination Office (NCO),
  2. Cyberinfrastructure (CI),
  3. Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter), and
  4. Experimental Facility (EF), which includes the Post-Disaster, Rapid Response Research (RAPID) Facility.

An individual may appear as Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI in no more than one proposal submitted in response to the full proposal deadline. 

Award Information

The anticipated funding amount of $62,000,000 is the estimated total for up to five years for up to ten awards (ten Awardees).  Click here for more information.

To comply with the submission limitations of this grant, interested faculty and staff should contact Milan Sonka ( / 319-335-5191), Associate Dean for Research, by Thursday, September 25, 2014.

Date Due to DSP or UIF11/26/2014
Date Due to Sponsor12/03/2014
Required LOI Due Date11/06/2014
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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