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Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation

Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure 2015 - 2019  (NHERI)


Name Email Phone Room
Joy  M. Pauschke jpauschk@nsf.gov (703) 292-7024   
Anna-Lee  Misiano amisiano@nsf.gov (703) 292-4339   
Kevin  Thompson kthompso@nsf.gov (703) 292-4220   


Solicitation  14-605

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after December 26, 2014. The PAPPG is consistent with, and, implements the new Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR 200). Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 15-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


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:

  • Network Coordination Office (one award),
  • Cyberinfrastructure (one award),
  • Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (one award), and 
  • Experimental Facilities for earthquake engineering and wind engineering research (up to seven awards, including one award for a Post-Disaster, Rapid Response Research Facility). 

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.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for NSF 14-605, Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure 2015-2019 (NHERI), Program Solicitation

NEES Operations FY 2010-FY 2014

NHERI Webinar Slides



Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program




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