THIS DOCUMENT HAS BEEN REPLACED BY NSF 13-544

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


Program Solicitation
NSF 11-566

Replaces Document(s):
NSF 11-512

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National Science Foundation

Directorate for Engineering
      Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time):

November 02, 2011

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND REVISION NOTES

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 11-1, was issued on October 1, 2010 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 18, 2011. Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 11-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Cost Sharing: The PAPPG has been revised to implement the National Science Board's recommendations regarding cost sharing. Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited. In order to assess the scope of the project, all organizational resources necessary for the project must be described in the Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources section of the proposal. The description should be narrative in nature and must not include any quantifiable financial information. Mandatory cost sharing will only be required when explicitly authorized by the NSF Director. See the PAPP Guide Part I: Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Chapter II.C.2.g(xi) for further information about the implementation of these recommendations.

Data Management Plan: The PAPPG contains a clarification of NSF's long standing data policy. All proposals must describe plans for data management and sharing of the products of research, or assert the absence of the need for such plans. FastLane will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing a Data Management Plan. The Data Management Plan will be reviewed as part of the intellectual merit or broader impacts of the proposal, or both, as appropriate. Links to data management requirements and plans relevant to specific Directorates, Offices, Divisions, Programs, or other NSF units are available on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/dmp.jsp. See Chapter II.C.2.j of the GPG for further information about the implementation of this requirement.

Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Plan: As a reminder, each proposal that requests funding to support postdoctoral researchers must include, as a supplementary document, a description of the mentoring activities that will be provided for such individuals. Please be advised that if required, FastLane will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing a Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Plan. See Chapter II.C.2.j of the GPG for further information about the implementation of this requirement.

Revision Summary

NSF-NEES Site Utilization Request Form (SURF): Scheduling of awarded projects at the NEES equipment sites is handled by the NEES Site Scheduling Committee (SSC) under the NSF-supported NEES operations award to Purdue University. All proposals submitted to this solicitation requesting to utilize one or more NEES equipment sites must include a "NSF-NEES Site Utilization Request Form (SURF)." This form serves several purposes: (1) identifies for NSF program staff and external merit reviewers projects that request utilization of NEES equipment sites, (2) enables NSF to predict and plan for requirements, and (3) assists NEEScomm, SSC, and NEES equipment site staff in preparing site schedules and experimental logistics. The SURF is available at the NEES web site (http://nees.org/aboutnees/policies). Proposers must submit in the Special Information and Supplementary Documentation section of the proposal a separate SURF for each NEES equipment site to be used. All SURFs are confidential and are not shared outside of NSF until NSF notifies proposers of a potential award. The SURF is to be included with the information provided to NEEScomm as part of the Equipment Site Policies Compliance Check (ESPCC) process. At that time, the SURF will be shared with NEEScomm, the NEES equipment site planning to be used, and the SSC.

SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

General Information

Program Title:

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

Synopsis of Program:

The Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) in the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) of 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 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. 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. Projects proposed and supported under this solicitation must require significant use of one or more of the NEES equipment sites listed at http://www.nees.org and the related cyberinfrastructure and/or require significant reuse of data curated and archived in the NEES Project Warehouse at http://nees.org/warehouse. Proposals that seek new scientific inquiry through reuse of data curated and archived in the NEES Project Warehouse, either alone or in combination with use of the NEES equipment site(s), will be considered. The data eligible for reuse from the NEES Project Warehouse must be data that are curated, archived, and publicly viewable and available at http://nees.org/warehouse.

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of 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, 545 S, telephone: (703) 292-7024, fax: (703) 292-9053, email: jpauschk@nsf.gov

Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):

  • 47.041 --- Engineering

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 8 to 14

Anticipated Funding Amount: $9,000,000 expected annually for new awards, pending availability of funds and quality of proposals.

Eligibility Information

Organization Limit:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:
  • Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.

PI Limit:

None Specified

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

None Specified

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI:

None Specified

Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Not Applicable
  • Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not Applicable
  • Full Proposals:
    • Full Proposals submitted via FastLane: NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, Part I: Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Guidelines apply. The complete text of the GPG is available electronically on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg.
    • Full Proposals submitted via Grants.gov: NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

B. Budgetary Information

  • Cost Sharing Requirements: Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.
  • Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations: Not Applicable
  • Other Budgetary Limitations: Not Applicable

C. Due Dates

  • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time):

    November 02, 2011

Proposal Review Information Criteria

Merit Review Criteria: National Science Board approved criteria apply.

Award Administration Information

Award Conditions: Additional award conditions apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

Reporting Requirements: Additional reporting requirements apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Summary of Program Requirements

  1. Introduction

  2. Program Description

  3. Award Information

  4. Eligibility Information

  5. Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions
    1. Proposal Preparation Instructions
    2. Budgetary Information
    3. Due Dates
    4. FastLane/Grants.gov Requirements

  6. NSF Proposal Processing and Review Procedures
    1. NSF Merit Review Criteria
    2. Review and Selection Process

  7. Award Administration Information
    1. Notification of the Award
    2. Award Conditions
    3. Reporting Requirements

  8. Agency Contacts

  9. Other Information

I. INTRODUCTION

The Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) in the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) of 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 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. These 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 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.

The NEES research infrastructure is currently operated by Purdue University under NSF cooperative agreement CMMI-0927178, which is effective through September 30, 2014. The managing headquarters at Purdue University, referred to as NEEScomm, provides the leadership and coordination for network-wide site operations, cyberinfrastructure, education, outreach, and training. Awards made under this solicitation will be required to interact with NEEScomm to obtain access to the NEES equipment sites and to archive project data in the NEES Project Warehouse. NEEScomm also provides opportunities to partner for proposal education and outreach activities to benefit the earthquake engineering community through the NEES Academy. Information about NEEScomm, the NEES experimental equipment sites, including detailed specifications about each site's equipment and capabilities as well as contact information, NEEShub cyberinfrastructure, and the NEES Academy is available at http://www.nees.org.

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.

Awards made under this solicitation must complete all experimental testing at the NEES equipment sites by September 30, 2014. Additionally, awards supported under this program solicitation will be required to comply with the community-established policies and guidelines implemented by Purdue University for NEES operations for access to, scheduling, and announcement of experiments and educational projects at the NEES equipment sites and for documenting, curating, archiving, sharing, and reuse of data in the NEES Project Warehouse. Current policies and guidelines for using the NEES equipment sites and data sharing and curating, such as the NEES Facilities Users Guide and the Data Sharing and Archiving Policies and Guidelines, are available at http://www.nees.org.

II. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Required Use of NEES Resources

Proposals submitted under this solicitation must incorporate significant use of either or both of the following NEES resources to conduct the proposed research:

  1. Significant use of one or more of the NEES equipment sites listed at http://www.nees.org as the primary experimental resource(s). Evidence of significant use of NEES equipment sites(s) as the primary experimental resource(s) must be reflected within the project schedule and the functional budget included as part of the proposal. Proposals that require significant use of other laboratory facilities, in addition to the use of one or more NEES equipment sites, are strongly discouraged unless proposers plan to use one or more NEES equipment sites in conjunction with one of the major facilities listed in this section below under "Additional Research Infrastructure Resources;" and/or
  2. Data curated and archived in the NEES Project Warehouse at http://nees.org/warehouse. Proposals that seek new scientific inquiry through reuse of data in the NEES Project Warehouse, either alone or in combination with use of the NEES equipment site(s), will be considered. The data eligible for reuse from the NEES Project Warehouse must be data that are curated, archived, and publicly viewable and available at http://nees.org/warehouse. Evidence of the significant reuse of data from the NEES Project Warehouse must be reflected in research tasks described in the proposal, with explicit descriptions and the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) of the data location in the NEES Project Warehouse included in the proposal. Proposals that will conduct research using only NEES Project Warehouse data do not require use of a NEES equipment site.

Proposals that plan to only use experimental resources other than a NEES equipment site, along with the reuse of data from the NEES Project Warehouse, are not supported by this solicitation and will be returned without review. Such proposals instead should be submitted to one of the other existing programs within the NSF CMMI Division (http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=CMMI). Proposals intending to investigate both earthquake and fire effects are not supported by this solicitation and will be returned without review.

Additional Research Infrastructure Resources

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 EarthScope Program provides a framework for broad, integrated studies across the earth sciences, including research on fault properties and the earthquake process, strain transfer, magmatic and hydrous fluids in the crust and mantle, plate boundary processes, large-scale continental deformation, continental structure and evolution, and composition and structure of the deep earth. In addition, EarthScope offers a centralized forum for earth science education at all levels and an excellent opportunity to develop cyberinfrastructure to integrate, distribute, and analyze diverse data sets. The EarthScope facility, consisting of the Plate Boundary Observatory, the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth, and the USArray, is a multi-purpose array of instruments and observatories that greatly expand the observational capabilities of the earth sciences and permits us to advance our understanding of the structure, evolution, and dynamics of the North America continent. 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. Co-funding opportunities will be considered between the CMMI Division, through this solicitation, and by the NSF Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Division of Earth Sciences (EAR), for projects that propose research requiring coordinated use of both NEES and EarthScope facilities. Proposals should address both the requirements of this solicitation and the NSF 11-535, EarthScope, program solicitation (http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf11535). Proposals will be co-reviewed by ad hoc mail reviews or panels or both formed to review proposals under both solicitations.
  • 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. Prior to proposal submission, proposers should contact Professor Koichi Kajiwara, Director of E-Defense, NIED (kaji@bosai.go.jp), for the availability, costs, and other issues associated with the use of this facility. Proposals must include letters of support verifying the Japanese collaboration and availability of the E-Defense facility.

Potential Research Topics

Proposals may range from a single investigator proposal to a small, focused research group proposal to a multi-disciplinary, multi-organizational proposal. The number of participating investigators and organizations should be commensurate with the research and broader impact goals, scope, and activities, and significant utilization of the NEES equipment sites and/or NEES Project Warehouse data. Proposals may include and budget for an External Advisory Board/Group/Committee; however, member names must not be included in the proposal. An External Advisory Board/Group/Committee is defined as a group of individuals whose role in the project is to participate in an advisory capacity at periodic meetings and who may or may not receive financial support to attend these meetings.

NEES is authorized under the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) (http://www.nehrp.gov) and awards supported under this program solicitation contribute to NSF's participation in NEHRP. NEHRP provides links to reports describing earthquake hazard mitigation research needs developed by workshops, code committees, and other sources on its web site at http://www.nehrp.gov/library/researchneeds.htm. This web site is not meant to be an exhaustive list of reports but rather provides a resource for potential research topics during proposal development.

NEHRP Strategic Priorities

The Strategic Plan for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Fiscal Years 2009-2013 identifies nine cross-cutting strategic priorities for earthquake hazard mitigation. Proposals are especially sought that require NEES resources to address the following NEHRP Strategic Priorities: (1) improve techniques for evaluating and rehabilitating existing buildings, (2) further develop Performance-Based Seismic Design, and (3) develop guidelines for earthquake-resilient lifeline components and systems.

Simulation Development

The NEES equipment sites are state-of-the-art experimental facilities for conducting transformative research in earthquake engineering. Supported by the NEEShub for collaboration, with tools and data, each equipment site provides unique opportunities to develop advanced experimental simulation techniques and instrumentation not previously possible. These techniques may require, for example, the development of advanced sensors, measurement devices, control algorithms, or robotic tools. Hybrid testing techniques, in particular, are expected to progress well beyond their current limitations and new applications will be devised that will allow the equipment sites to offer new capabilities not currently feasible. Proposals are especially encouraged that advance capabilities for multi-site hybrid experimentation. Innovative testing techniques that could provide experimental information to develop fundamental constitutive relationships for existing or new materials subjected to dynamic loading conditions are also encouraged. Proposals may explore advanced experimental simulation techniques or instrumentation for NEES, and/or seek new discoveries through the reuse of data in the NEES Project Warehouse.

Payload Projects

Current NEESR awards offer a unique opportunity for researchers not part of the award team to use the award's test set-up to accommodate a considerably smaller experimental investigation of a payload component, referred to as a "payload project." This payload may be a mechanical, control, sensing, or nonstructural component that may detect or support operation of the overall system, but the payload is not part of the load carrying system. Payload projects also may concern the load carrying system or its components. The NEESR award's test set-up would provide the vehicle for testing the payload component. Researchers should contact the Principal Investigator of the NEESR award that they wish to use for feasibility and accommodation of the payload project. Investigators will not be supported for a payload project to their own NEESR award, i.e., a NEESR award in which they are already receiving NSF support.

International Collaboration Research Topics

NSF encourages collaboration with foreign researchers. Proposals including international collaboration should (a) identify the names and affiliations of the international collaborators, (b) describe the nature and goals of collaborative activities, (c) highlight the synergies and benefits to be gained from the collaboration, and (d) describe the international collaborators' current or anticipated resources that will be available to the project. International collaborators cannot be funded under this solicitation and must provide their own support. General NSF policies and procedures regarding collaboration with foreign researchers on NSF-supported projects can be obtained from the NSF Office of International Science and Engineering (http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=OISE). Two international collaborations with NEES that have been identified through recent workshops are the following:

  1. International Collaboration with Researchers using Japan's E-Defense Shake Table Facility: A list of research topics of mutual interest to researchers in Japan and the United States, which require use of NEES and E-Defense shake table resources, have been identified and are under current refinement through ongoing workshops and meetings (see http://www.nees.org).
  2. International Collaboration with Academic Researchers Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC): An NSFC/NSF sponsored workshop at Purdue University on August 23-24, 2010 entitled "China-U.S. Collaboration for Disaster Evolution/Resilience of Civil Infrastructure and Urban Environment" identified priority research topics for collaboration (see http://www.nees.org). U.S. researchers may be supported for this collaboration as follows: (1) as new awards made under this solicitation, and (2) as supplements to existing NEESR awards made under prior NEESR solicitations (i.e., NSF 09-524 and NSF 11-512). Proposals that wish to collaborate in this manner must provide letters of support from the Chinese counterparts verifying the collaboration.

NEESR Requirements Regarding Telepresence and Data

NEES experimental, telepresence, data archival, simulation, and collaborative capabilities have been designed to provide an infrastructure for earthquake engineering research and education partnerships, and to encourage broad participation from different segments of the earthquake engineering community (e.g., researchers, educators, students, practitioners, consultants, government agencies, national laboratories, and international collaborators).

NEES enables broad teleparticipation in experimentation at each NEES equipment site, for both private clients (e.g., remote collaborators involved on the project research team) and public clients (e.g., remote viewers such as K-12 faculty and students, an engineering class, and practicing engineers). The planned test dates of all experiments conducted by awards made under this solicitation must be coordinated with NEEScomm and announced on the NEES web site (http://www.nees.org). The experimental set-up must be configured to enable viewing by both private and public clients to the maximum extent practical. Viewing in this context means the ability to observe not only static web pages, but also includes a range of streaming images, subsets of non-mission critical sensor data, results, and background documentation. All of this should be in a format that is appropriate to the intended educational outreach (public) clients.

At all times, even when a specific test is not being conducted, a public telepresence web site will be kept operational at each NEES equipment site allowing the general public to observe the real-time events occurring in the laboratory facility (e.g., construction, experimentation, disassembly). In addition, NEES equipment sites must provide the ability to browse non-mission critical documentation, representative data, and, if practical, video replays of past experiments. The intent is to expand the community’s awareness and understanding of the scientific process by allowing them into the laboratory in a safe manner, yet leaving them the opportunity to explore in a structured environment.

NEES has been designed to share both experimental facilities and the data generated from research that uses these facilities (experimental and analytical data). NSF advocates and encourages open scientific communication. NSF expects significant findings from supported research and educational activities to be promptly submitted for publication with authorship that accurately reflects the contributions of those involved. NSF expects awardees to share with other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time, the data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of the work. NSF also encourages grantees to share software and inventions, once appropriate protection for them has been secured, and otherwise act to make the innovations they embody widely useful and usable.

III. AWARD INFORMATION

Anticipated support amount: $9,000,000 for new awards, pending availability of funds and quality of proposals.

Support ranging from $50,000 to $400,000 per year, for up to three 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. 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.

Awardee institutions are expected to manage the award within the support provided by NSF in the original award. NSF does not intend to provide supplemental funds during the award period except for REU supplements in accordance with NSF 09-598 "Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)" (http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf09598), RET supplements in accordance with NSF 11-509, "Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science" (http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf11509), and Research Opportunity Award supplements in accordance with NSF 00-144 "Research in Undergraduate Institutions" (http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf00144).

IV. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

Organization Limit:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:
  • Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.

PI Limit:

None Specified

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

None Specified

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI:

None Specified

Additional Eligibility Info:

Proposals involving more than one organization must be submitted as a single proposal, in which a single award is requested, with subawards administered by the lead organization. Collaborative proposals submitted as separate submissions from multiple organizations will not be accepted.

V. PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

Full Proposal Preparation Instructions: Proposers may opt to submit proposals in response to this Program Solicitation via Grants.gov or via the NSF FastLane system.

  • Full proposals submitted via FastLane: Proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the general guidelines contained in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). The complete text of the GPG is available electronically on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg. Paper copies of the GPG may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (703) 292-7827 or by e-mail from nsfpubs@nsf.gov. Proposers are reminded to identify this program solicitation number in the program solicitation block on the NSF Cover Sheet For Proposal to the National Science Foundation. Compliance with this requirement is critical to determining the relevant proposal processing guidelines. Failure to submit this information may delay processing.
  • Full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: Proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation via Grants.gov should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov. The complete text of the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: (http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide). To obtain copies of the Application Guide and Application Forms Package, click on the Apply tab on the Grants.gov site, then click on the Apply Step 1: Download a Grant Application Package and Application Instructions link and enter the funding opportunity number, (the program solicitation number without the NSF prefix) and press the Download Package button. Paper copies of the Grants.gov Application Guide also may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (703) 292-7827 or by e-mail from nsfpubs@nsf.gov.

All proposals are limited to the standard 15-page limit for the project description. Proposals must have the entire project description submitted in a single file upload. The project scope, budget, and schedule should incorporate all activities required to conduct the entire project. During proposal preparation, proposers should consult personnel at the NEES equipment site(s) intended to be used for information about shared use protocols, experimental planning, specialized experimental control software, scheduling, budget, user fees, and permits required for field work. The project schedule must clearly identify that all testing requiring the use of a NEES equipment site will be completed by September 30, 2014.

NSF-NEES Site Utilization Request Form (SURF): Scheduling of awarded projects at the NEES equipment sites is handled by the NEES Site Scheduling Committee (SSC) under the NSF-supported NEES operations award to Purdue University. All proposals submitted to this solicitation requesting to utilize one or more NEES equipment sites must include a separate "NSF-NEES Site Utilization Request Form (SURF)" for each site. This form serves several purposes: (1) identifies for NSF program staff and external merit reviewers projects that request utilization of NEES equipment sites, (2) enables NSF to predict and plan for requirements, and (3) assists NEEScomm, SSC, and NEES equipment site staff in preparing site schedules and experimental logistics. The SURF is available at the NEES web site (http://nees.org/aboutnees/policies). Proposers must submit in the Special Information and Supplementary Documentation section of the proposal a separate SURF for each NEES equipment site to be used. All SURFs are confidential and are not shared outside of NSF until NSF notifies proposers of a potential award. The SURF is to be included with the information provided to NEEScomm as part of the Equipment Site Policies Compliance Check (ESPCC) process. At that time, the SURF will be shared with NEEScomm, the NEES equipment site planning to be used, and the SSC.

Software Development: Proposals that include software development as part of the research activities, including augmentation of existing software (for example, a creating a new element or module), must include preliminary user requirements, a brief summary of the software development process, the plan for maintenance beyond the NSF award period, the process for how users will access the software beyond the award period, and the expected annual user base. All software developed by awards made under this solicitation must be open source.

Field Work: Proposals to conduct field work that might have an environmental impact should provide sufficient information to assist NSF in assessing the environmental consequences of supporting the project. This would include field work that affects the natural environment, or involves drilling of the earth or excavation, use of explosives, or other techniques that may alter a local environment.

Proposals must include the items listed below, as well as those specified in the GPG or NSF Grants.gov Application Guide. Proposals missing one or more of these items will be returned without review.

  • Proposal titles must begin with the phrase "NEESR."
  • Proposals must include the following items in the project description, in the order shown below, starting with page one. Use the headings shown in bold-face type below:
    • Project Team Table. Provide a table listing information about each project team member in the project description, i.e., every individual participating in the conduct of the proposal named within any of the 15 pages in the project description must be included in this table, regardless of the role in the project and whether or not that role is financially supported. Include international collaborators. Include for each project team member the following: name, title, affiliation, expertise, and a brief description of team member's role and full-time equivalent effort during each year of the project. This table will also be used by NSF to check for conflicts of interest in assembling the reviewer community. Note: Proposals must not include the names of external advisory board/group/committee members. Proposals that include the names of external advisory board/group/committee members will be returned without review.
    • Experimental Facilities Table and/or NEES Data Reuse Table. For projects that will utilize one or more NEES equipment sites, provide a table listing the NEES equipment site(s) and any other experimental facilities to be used in the project, including the planned schedule and duration of use of each NEES equipment site and any other experimental facilities. For projects that will reuse data from the NEES Project Warehouse, provide a table that includes a brief description and the NEES Project Warehouse URL for each data set (or aggregated data set).
    • Functional Budget Table. Provide a table that itemizes the requested annual and cumulative budgets for each participating organization into the following categories:
      • Research activities budget.
        • Experimental activities budget, if appropriate. Provide a separate breakdown for each NEES equipment site and any other experimental facility used (e.g., Japan's E-Defense facility or other academic experimental facility). Include costs such as user fees; specimen materials, construction, and instrumentation; laboratory technician time charged to the project; and project team member salary, student support, housing and per diem costs, and travel support during the testing period at the facility.
        • Total budget for specimen removal or disposal.
        • Non-experimental activities budget.
      • Education and outreach activities budget.
      • Data management plan budget.
      • Project management budget (optional, as applicable).
    • Summary of Proposal Preparation Discussions with NEES Equipment Site Personnel, if applicable.
    • Vision. A vision for new knowledge or innovation in earthquake hazard mitigation or experimental simulation. If applicable, explain the potentially transformative aspects of the proposed research.
    • Literature Review.
    • Research Program Justification, Plan, and Expected Outcomes.
    • Education, Outreach, and Technology Transfer Activities. Proposers are strongly encouraged to focus on only one or two major broader impact activities stemming from the proposed research and to identify learning outcomes for the participants intended to be impacted, if applicable. Proposers may wish to consult with NEEScomm regarding potential collaborative broader impact activities with the NEES Academy to benefit the earthquake engineering community.
    • Results from Prior NSF Support, if applicable. In addition to describing the results from prior NSF support as part of the 15-page project description, for all project personnel who have been funded through awards made under prior NSF NEES research program solicitations (i.e., NSF 03-589, NSF 05-527, NSF 06-504, NSF 07-506, NSF 08-519, NSF 09-524 and NSF 11-512), also include in the Special Information and Supplementary Documentation section a table showing the status of experimental data produced, curated, archived, and publicly available in the NEES Project Warehouse for these awards. Proposals that do not include results from prior NSF support will be returned without review.
    • Additional Topics Pertinent to the Proposal, as applicable.

Facilities, Equipment & Other Resources

Information in this section should include, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Description of all experimental facilities, other than a NEES equipment site or Japan's E-Defense shake table, that will be used to the conduct the proposed research.
  2. Under the category "Other," all contributions and resources that will be used to conduct the proposed research, education, outreach, and technology transfer activities. Contributions could include items such as donated personnel time; donated use of facilities, equipment, and instrumentation; and donated materials and test specimens. Such information must be provided in this section, in lieu of other parts of the proposal such as the project summary, project description, budget, or budget justification. The description should be narrative in nature and must not include quantifiable financial information or assign any equivalent costs for the contributions and resources within the proposal.

Special Information and Supplementary Documentation

Proposals may include in the Special Information and Supplementary Documentation section only the information listed below. Proposals that include letters of support, endorsement, or participation from individuals or organizations not listed in the Project Team Table in the project description will be returned without review.

  • Site Utilization Request Form (SURF). Submit a separate completed form for each NEES equipment site to be utilized for the proposed research.
  • Data Management Plan. The Data Management Plan must conform to NSF GPG requirements and the NEES Data Sharing and Archiving Policies and Guidelines available at http://www.nees.org. This plan is required for all proposals, whether using NEES equipment sites and/or reusing data from the NEES Project Warehouse. Proposals that do not include the Data Management Plan will be returned without review.
  • Project Implementation Plan, to include the following:
    • Project schedule. The schedule must explicitly show that all testing using NEES experimental facilities will be completed by September 30, 2014.
    • Organizational chart, if there are four or more individuals, other than students, to be supported by the project.
    • Project Website, using the NEES Project Warehouse format available at http://www.nees.org.
  • Experimental Risk Mitigation Plan, if applicable, not to exceed three pages, which addresses the following risk items, as applicable for the NEES equipment to be used:
    • Protection of NEES equipment during test structure construction.
    • Stability of test structure construction during erection.
    • Safety of NEES equipment and personnel during test structure erection.
    • Protection of NEES equipment and adjacent structures during testing.
    • Safety during removal of test structure from NEES equipment.
    • Protection of mobile NEES equipment during transport to and from experimental field site.
    • Acquisition of required permissions and permits for use of mobile NEES equipment at experimental field site.
    • Additional considerations not addressed above, as applicable.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Plan: Each proposal that requests funding to support postdoctoral researchers must include, as a supplementary document, a description of the mentoring activities that will be provided for such individuals. The mentoring plan must not exceed one page.
  • For all project personnel who have been funded through awards made under prior NSF NEES research program solicitations (i.e., NSF 03-589, NSF 05-527, NSF 06-504, NSF 07-506, NSF 08-519, NSF 09-524 and NSF 11-512), a table showing the status of experimental data produced, curated, archived, and publicly available in the NEES Project Warehouse for these awards.
  • For NEES/E-Defense collaboration: (1) One letter of endorsement from the counterpart Japanese collaborator verifying interest in collaboration and proposed or funded sources of research support, and (2) one letter of support from the Director of E-Defense verifying the availability, costs, and accommodation of that facility for coordinated research.
  • For U.S./China collaboration as discussed in Section II, "Program Description," one letter of endorsement from the counterpart Chinese collaborator(s) verifying interest in collaboration and the collaborator(s)' current or anticipated support from the NSFC.
  • For proposals that are payloads to existing NEESR projects, a letter from the PI of the NEESR award whose experimental test set-up will be used, acknowledging feasibility and accommodation of the payload project. The letter should include the NSF award number of the NEESR project that will be used.
  • Formal vendor quote(s), if needed, for specific equipment, specimen, or services beyond those available at the equipment sites. Note: A formal vendor quote states a specific price for equipment or specimen to be provided or for services to be rendered.
  • Letters of commitment documenting collaborative arrangements of significance to the proposal from individuals or organization that are explicitly listed in the Project Team Table in the project description.

B. Budgetary Information

Cost Sharing: Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited

Budget Preparation Instructions: Proposals must include a budget for the Principal Investigator to attend an annual NEES research and education awardees meeting and the CMMI Division's grantees meeting held approximately every 18 months.

C. Due Dates

  • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time):

    November 02, 2011

D. FastLane/Grants.gov Requirements

  • For Proposals Submitted Via FastLane:

    Detailed technical instructions regarding the technical aspects of preparation and submission via FastLane are available at: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/a1/newstan.htm. For FastLane user support, call the FastLane Help Desk at 1-800-673-6188 or e-mail fastlane@nsf.gov. The FastLane Help Desk answers general technical questions related to the use of the FastLane system. Specific questions related to this program solicitation should be referred to the NSF program staff contact(s) listed in Section VIII of this funding opportunity.

    Submission of Electronically Signed Cover Sheets. The Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) must electronically sign the proposal Cover Sheet to submit the required proposal certifications (see Chapter II, Section C of the Grant Proposal Guide for a listing of the certifications). The AOR must provide the required electronic certifications within five working days following the electronic submission of the proposal. Further instructions regarding this process are available on the FastLane Website at: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/fastlane.jsp.

  • For Proposals Submitted Via Grants.gov:

  • Before using Grants.gov for the first time, each organization must register to create an institutional profile. Once registered, the applicant's organization can then apply for any federal grant on the Grants.gov website. Comprehensive information about using Grants.gov is available on the Grants.gov Applicant Resources webpage: http://www07.grants.gov/applicants/app_help_reso.jsp. In addition, the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide provides additional technical guidance regarding preparation of proposals via Grants.gov. For Grants.gov user support, contact the Grants.gov Contact Center at 1-800-518-4726 or by email: support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Contact Center answers general technical questions related to the use of Grants.gov. Specific questions related to this program solicitation should be referred to the NSF program staff contact(s) listed in Section VIII of this solicitation.

    Submitting the Proposal: Once all documents have been completed, the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) must submit the application to Grants.gov and verify the desired funding opportunity and agency to which the application is submitted. The AOR must then sign and submit the application to Grants.gov. The completed application will be transferred to the NSF FastLane system for further processing.

VI. NSF PROPOSAL PROCESSING AND REVIEW PROCEDURES

Proposals received by NSF are assigned to the appropriate NSF program where they will be reviewed if they meet NSF proposal preparation requirements. All proposals are carefully reviewed by a scientist, engineer, or educator serving as an NSF Program Officer, and usually by three to ten other persons outside NSF who are experts in the particular fields represented by the proposal. These reviewers are selected by Program Officers charged with the oversight of the review process. Proposers are invited to suggest names of persons they believe are especially well qualified to review the proposal and/or persons they would prefer not review the proposal. These suggestions may serve as one source in the reviewer selection process at the Program Officer's discretion. Submission of such names, however, is optional. Care is taken to ensure that reviewers have no conflicts of interest with the proposal.

A. NSF Merit Review Criteria

All NSF proposals are evaluated through use of the two National Science Board (NSB)-approved merit review criteria: intellectual merit and the broader impacts of the proposed effort. In some instances, however, NSF will employ additional criteria as required to highlight the specific objectives of certain programs and activities.

The two NSB-approved merit review criteria are listed below. The criteria include considerations that help define them. These considerations are suggestions and not all will apply to any given proposal. While proposers must address both merit review criteria, reviewers will be asked to address only those considerations that are relevant to the proposal being considered and for which the reviewer is qualified to make judgements.

What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?
How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields? How well qualified is the proposer (individual or team) to conduct the project? (If appropriate, the reviewer will comment on the quality of the prior work.) To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative, original, or potentially transformative concepts? How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity? Is there sufficient access to resources?

What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?
How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, training, and learning? How well does the proposed activity broaden the participation of underrepresented groups (e.g., gender, ethnicity, disability, geographic, etc.)? To what extent will it enhance the infrastructure for research and education, such as facilities, instrumentation, networks, and partnerships? Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and technological understanding? What may be the benefits of the proposed activity to society?

Examples illustrating activities likely to demonstrate broader impacts are available electronically on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/gpg/broaderimpacts.pdf.

Mentoring activities provided to postdoctoral researchers supported on the project, as described in a one-page supplementary document, will be evaluated under the Broader Impacts criterion.

Additional Solicitation Specific Review Criteria

International Collaborations:
For all proposals involving international collaborations, reviewers will consider: mutual benefits, true intellectual collaboration with the foreign partner(s), benefits to be realized from the expertise and specialized skills, facilities, sites and/or resources of the international counterpart, and active research engagement of U.S. students and early-career researchers, where such individuals are engaged in the research.

NSF staff also will give careful consideration to the following in making funding decisions:

Integration of Research and Education
One of the principal strategies in support of NSF's goals is to foster integration of research and education through the programs, projects, and activities it supports at academic and research institutions. These institutions provide abundant opportunities where individuals may concurrently assume responsibilities as researchers, educators, and students and where all can engage in joint efforts that infuse education with the excitement of discovery and enrich research through the diversity of learning perspectives.

Integrating Diversity into NSF Programs, Projects, and Activities
Broadening opportunities and enabling the participation of all citizens -- women and men, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities -- is essential to the health and vitality of science and engineering. NSF is committed to this principle of diversity and deems it central to the programs, projects, and activities it considers and supports.

B. Review and Selection Process

Proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation will be reviewed by Ad hoc Review and/or Panel Review.

Reviewers will be asked to formulate a recommendation to either support or decline each proposal. The Program Officer assigned to manage the proposal's review will consider the advice of reviewers and will formulate a recommendation.

Additional NSF Merit Review Process for Earth Science (EarthScope)/Earthquake Engineering (NEES) Research Proposals

Proposals focusing on Earth Science (EarthScope)/Earthquake Engineering (NEES) research may be co-reviewed by ad hoc mail reviews or panels or both formed to review proposals under NSF NEESR and EarthScope solicitations.

Post NSF Merit Review Equipment Site Policies Compliance Check (ESPCC)

Upon completion of the NSF merit review process and prior to the NSF award being made, proposals recommended for funding must undergo supplementary review that will be coordinated by NEEScomm with each NEES equipment site at which experimental work is proposed. This Equipment Site Policies Compliance Check (ESPCC) provides NEEScomm and the equipment sites an opportunity to assure policy compliance with respect to experimental feasibility, safety, budget, schedule, and available data services, and to plan operations for future work. A copy of the ESPCC form is available at http://nees.org/aboutnees/policies. After NSF notification that the proposal is being recommended for an award, the prospective awardee must submit to NEEScomm those sections of the proposal needed by NEEScomm and the equipment sites to evaluate policy compliance. The required information will include experimental plans (e.g., proposed schedule, specimen preparation details, equipment loads and sequence, instrumentation and data acquisition needs), experimental portion of the budget, SURF(s), Experimental Risk Mitigation Plan, and Data Management Plan. To satisfy the ESPCC requirement, NEEScomm and the equipment sites may require additional detailed information than provided in the proposal. The information provided will be shared with NEEScomm and equipment site staff. The equipment sites may work directly with the prospective awardee in the process of completing the ESPCC. NEEScomm will provide the prospective awardee with the outcome of the ESPCC, which the prospective awardee must in turn share with NSF prior to award recommendation. Using the ESPCC outcomes, NSF will work with the prospective awardee to determine an effective start date for the award that may be later than the start date originally proposed and may require revised budgets. NSF expects NEEScomm and the equipment sites to maintain confidentiality of the proposals during the ESPCC process.

After scientific, technical and programmatic review and consideration of appropriate factors, the NSF Program Officer recommends to the cognizant Division Director whether the proposal should be declined or recommended for award. NSF is striving to be able to tell applicants whether their proposals have been declined or recommended for funding within six months. The time interval begins on the deadline or target date, or receipt date, whichever is later. The interval ends when the Division Director accepts the Program Officer's recommendation.

A summary rating and accompanying narrative will be completed and submitted by each reviewer. In all cases, reviews are treated as confidential documents. Verbatim copies of reviews, excluding the names of the reviewers, are sent to the Principal Investigator/Project Director by the Program Officer. In addition, the proposer will receive an explanation of the decision to award or decline funding.

In all cases, after programmatic approval has been obtained, the proposals recommended for funding will be forwarded to the Division of Grants and Agreements for review of business, financial, and policy implications and the processing and issuance of a grant or other agreement. Proposers are cautioned that only a Grants and Agreements Officer may make commitments, obligations or awards on behalf of NSF or authorize the expenditure of funds. No commitment on the part of NSF should be inferred from technical or budgetary discussions with a NSF Program Officer. A Principal Investigator or organization that makes financial or personnel commitments in the absence of a grant or cooperative agreement signed by the NSF Grants and Agreements Officer does so at their own risk.

VII. AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION

A. Notification of the Award

Notification of the award is made to the submitting organization by a Grants Officer in the Division of Grants and Agreements. Organizations whose proposals are declined will be advised as promptly as possible by the cognizant NSF Program administering the program. Verbatim copies of reviews, not including the identity of the reviewer, will be provided automatically to the Principal Investigator. (See Section VI.B. for additional information on the review process.)

B. Award Conditions

An NSF award consists of: (1) the award letter, which includes any special provisions applicable to the award and any numbered amendments thereto; (2) the budget, which indicates the amounts, by categories of expense, on which NSF has based its support (or otherwise communicates any specific approvals or disapprovals of proposed expenditures); (3) the proposal referenced in the award letter; (4) the applicable award conditions, such as Grant General Conditions (GC-1); * or Research Terms and Conditions * and (5) any announcement or other NSF issuance that may be incorporated by reference in the award letter. Cooperative agreements also are administered in accordance with NSF Cooperative Agreement Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions (CA-FATC) and the applicable Programmatic Terms and Conditions. NSF awards are electronically signed by an NSF Grants and Agreements Officer and transmitted electronically to the organization via e-mail.

*These documents may be accessed electronically on NSF's Website at http://www.nsf.gov/awards/managing/award_conditions.jsp?org=NSF. Paper copies may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (703) 292-7827 or by e-mail from nsfpubs@nsf.gov.

More comprehensive information on NSF Award Conditions and other important information on the administration of NSF awards is contained in the NSF Award & Administration Guide (AAG) Chapter II, available electronically on the NSF Website at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=aag.

Special Award Conditions:

Principal Investigator, co-Principal Investigator(s), and Other Senior Personnel Support

Awards made under this solicitation may support Principal Investigators, co-Principal Investigator(s), and other Senior Personnel each up to a maximum of two months of annual support total on all NSF awards during the award period.

Project Data

All experimental data generated by a NEESR award must be submitted electronically to the NEES Project Warehouse in accordance with the data archiving and sharing policies and guidelines established by NEEScomm with the user community available at http://www.nees.org. Data in this context refers to all measurements, calibrations, observations, analyses, images, commentary, reports, logs, notes, and electronic notebook entries that relate directly to the proposed experiments. Any data (as described above), which are recorded in hardcopy of any form, must be transcribed or converted, without loss of information, into an appropriate searchable format onto electronic media. Hybrid simulation involving experimental and computational components must also include computational data recorded as output of the experiments conducted, and models and codes used. Projects focusing on the reuse of data must share computational data and models associated with the final results of the project. In addition, this information must be properly characterized with appropriate metadata descriptors and then subsequently stored into one of the NEES accepted digital formats to facilitate archiving.

Principal Investigator Meetings

Principal Investigators are required to attend an annual NEES research and education awardees meeting; this meeting will be open to the public, and to participate in the CMMI Division's awardees meeting held approximately every 18 months. Support for travel to these meetings must be included as part of the project budget.

Agreements to Access NEES Equipment Sites: Site Utilization Request Form (SURF), Site User Agreement (SUA) and Equipment Site Utilization Form (ESUF)

The Site User Agreement (SUA) provides the contractual basis for awardees to access the NEES equipment sites. The awardee institution will be required to enter into SUAs with the NEES equipment site institutions. These are one-time, two-way agreements between the awardee institution and the equipment site institutions through September 30, 2014. Only one SUA per institution is required with each NEES equipment site. Therefore, researchers should check whether an agreement already exists before beginning the process to initiate a new SUA.

The Equipment Site Utilization Form (ESUF) deals with project-specific issues, and will be prepared jointly by the awardee and the equipment site. The ESUF is not a contract, but rather a programmatic planning document. Once completed for a project, the equipment site will submit the ESUF to NEEScomm for programmatic approval only. Updated SURF(s) should be submitted with the ESUF.

SUA and ESUF templates are provided at http://nees.org/aboutnees/policies. Researchers will not be allowed access to the experimental tools at the NEES equipment sites until both the required SUA and ESUF documents are submitted to and approved by NEEScomm. Questions regarding the SUA and ESUF documents should be directed to NEEScomm at info@nees.org.

C. Reporting Requirements

For all multi-year grants (including both standard and continuing grants), the Principal Investigator must submit an annual project report to the cognizant Program Officer at least 90 days before the end of the current budget period. (Some programs or awards require more frequent project reports). Within 90 days after expiration of a grant, the PI also is required to submit a final project report, and a project outcomes report for the general public.

Failure to provide the required annual or final project reports, or the project outcomes report will delay NSF review and processing of any future funding increments as well as any pending proposals for that PI. PIs should examine the formats of the required reports in advance to assure availability of required data.

PIs are required to use NSF's electronic project-reporting system, available through FastLane, for preparation and submission of annual and final project reports. Such reports provide information on activities and findings, project participants (individual and organizational), publications, and other specific products and contributions. PIs will not be required to re-enter information previously provided, either with a proposal or in earlier updates using the electronic system. Submission of the report via FastLane constitutes certification by the PI that the contents of the report are accurate and complete. The project outcomes report must be prepared and submitted using Research.gov. This report serves as a brief summary, prepared specifically for the public, of the nature and outcomes of the project. This report will be posted on the NSF website exactly as it is submitted by the PI.

Final Project Report

The final project report and project outcomes report must include documentation that all project data appropriate for archiving has been fully documented and curated and is publicly available in the NEES Project Warehouse. The URL for all project data should be included in the final project report and the project outcomes report.

VIII. AGENCY CONTACTS

Please note that the program contact information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.

General inquiries regarding this program should be made to:

  • Joy M. Pauschke, Program Director, George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, Directorate for Engineering, Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, 545 S, telephone: (703) 292-7024, fax: (703) 292-9053, email: jpauschk@nsf.gov

For questions related to the use of FastLane, contact:

For questions relating to Grants.gov contact:

  • Grants.gov Contact Center: If the Authorized Organizational Representatives (AOR) has not received a confirmation message from Grants.gov within 48 hours of submission of application, please contact via telephone: 1-800-518-4726; e-mail: support@grants.gov.

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

Richard J. Fragaszy, Program Director, Geotechnical Engineering Program, Directorate for Engineering, Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, 545 S, telephone: (703) 292-7011, fax: (703) 292-9053, email: rfragasz@nsf.gov

Joy M. Pauschke, Program Director, George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, Directorate for Engineering, Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, 545 S, telephone: (703) 292-7024, fax: (703) 292-9053, email: jpauschk@nsf.gov

Dennis Wenger, Program Director, Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events Program, Directorate for Engineering, Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, 545 S, telephone: (703) 292-8606, fax (703) 292-9053, email: dwenger@nsf.gov

IX. OTHER INFORMATION

The NSF Website provides the most comprehensive source of information on NSF Directorates (including contact information), programs and funding opportunities. Use of this Website by potential proposers is strongly encouraged. In addition, National Science Foundation Update is a free e-mail subscription service designed to keep potential proposers and other interested parties apprised of new NSF funding opportunities and publications, important changes in proposal and award policies and procedures, and upcoming NSF Regional Grants Conferences. Subscribers are informed through e-mail when new publications are issued that match their identified interests. Users can subscribe to this service by clicking the "Get NSF Updates by Email" link on the NSF web site.

Grants.gov provides an additional electronic capability to search for Federal government-wide grant opportunities. NSF funding opportunities may be accessed via this new mechanism. Further information on Grants.gov may be obtained at http://www.grants.gov.

Sources for additional information:

NEES Operations, including the 14 NEES experimental facilities, NEEShub, NEEScomm, NEES Project Warehouse and NEES Academy http://www.nees.org

National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) http://www.nehrp.gov

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NSF receives approximately 40,000 proposals each year for research, education and training projects, of which approximately 11,000 are funded. In addition, the Foundation receives several thousand applications for graduate and postdoctoral fellowships. The agency operates no laboratories itself but does support National Research Centers, user facilities, certain oceanographic vessels and Antarctic research stations. The Foundation also supports cooperative research between universities and industry, US participation in international scientific and engineering efforts, and educational activities at every academic level.

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