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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.

Potential Research Topics:

  • NEHRP Strategic Priorities
  • Simulation Development
  • Payload Projects
  • International Collaboration Research Topics

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 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.

2) Data curated and archived in the NEES Project Warehouse at 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 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 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 ( 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.
  • Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS): The 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, (, 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.

Support ranges from $50,000 to $600,000 per year, for up to four 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.

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.

For proposal details, visit George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Research (NEESR)

To make the proposal process easier for the NEES community, NEEScomm has complied the following resources to assist you.

  1. 2011 RFP
  2. Data Plan Template
  3. Vision 2020 Report
  4. China-NEES Workshop Final Report
  5. Shared-Use Partnering Policy
  6. SUA & ESUF Guidelines
  7. Equipment Site Policy Compliance Check (ESPCC)
  8. Data Sharing & Archiving Policy
  9. EOT Outreach & Training Proposal Recommendations
  10. EOT Strategic Plan
  11. Completed projects and experiments for data re-use
  12. NEESR Proposal Preparation Webinar - January 27, 2011 (1 hour 37 min.)
    (NOTE: You may need to download the WebEx ARF player if it does not occur automatically. Some universities require you contact your administrator for permission to download the player if you do not have admin rights to your computer. If other difficulties, please contact WebEx Support at 866-569-3239 to help identify why you are not able to view the recording.)
  13. NEES Site Equipment Availability Chart
  14. NEESR Proposal Solicitation webinar PP presentation in PDF