Engineering for Natural Hazards

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Engineering for Natural Hazards: The Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) program supports fundamental research to understand and mitigate the impact of natural hazards on constructed civil infrastructure. Natural hazards considered by the ENH program include earthquakes, windstorms (such as tornadoes and hurricanes), tsunamis, and landslides. The constructed civil infrastructure supported by the ENH program includes building systems, such as the soil-foundation-structure-envelope-nonstructural system, as well as the façade and roofing, and other structures, geostructures, and underground facilities, such as tunnels. Whilea projectmay focus on a single natural hazard, research that considers civil infrastructure performance over its lifetime in the context of multiple hazards, that is, a multi-hazard approach, is encouraged. Research may integrate geotechnical, structural, and architectural engineering advances with discoveries in other science and engineering fields, such as earth and atmospheric sciences, materials science, mechanics of materials, dynamical systems and control, systems engineering, decision theory, risk analysis, high performance computational modeling and simulation, and social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Multi-disciplinary and international collaborations are encouraged.

Researchareas supported by the ENH program include, but are not limited to, the following:

<li>Understanding and modelingthe underlying physics of the performance of civil infrastructure subjected to natural hazards;</li>
<li>Advances in designand decision theory for existing and new sustainable civil infrastructure to achieve desired system-level performance under lifetime single natural hazard or multiple hazard loadings;</li>
<li>Advances in geotechnical engineering for design and construction of natural hazard-resistant foundations and geostructures, liquefaction mitigation, soil-foundation-structure interaction, levee and earth dam stability, and landslide, mudflow and debris flow analysis and mitigation, with a focus on field or system performance; and</li>
<li>Advances in computational modeling and simulation that integrate theory, computation, experimentation, and data, as appropriate, to advance natural hazard mitigation for civil infrastructure.</li>

While the ENH program supports research that utilizes the NSF-supported Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) cyberinfrastructure and earthquake and wind engineering experimental facilities, it also supports research that does not require the use of NHERI. NHERI resources are the following:

<li><a title="Cyberinfrastructure" href=";HistoricalAwards=false">Cyberinfrastructure</a> at the University of Texas at Austin;</li>
<li><a title="NHERI Wall of Wind" href="">Twelve-Fan Wall of Wind</a> at Florida International University;</li>
<li><a title="NHERI Hybrid Simulation Testing" href="">Large-Scale, Multi-Directional, Hybrid Simulation Testing Capabilities</a> at Lehigh University;</li>
<li><a title="NHERI Wave Flume and Basin" href="">Large Wave Flume and Directional Wave Basin</a> at Oregon State University;</li>
<li><a title="NHERI Geotechnical Centrifuges" href="">Geotechnical Centrifuges</a> at the University of California, Davis;</li>
<li><a title="NHERI Outdoor Shake Table" href="">Large, High-Performance Outdoor Shake Table</a> at the University of California, San Diego;</li>
<li><a title="NHERI Wind Facilities" href="">Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel, Wind Load and Dynamic Flow Simulators, and Pressure Loading Actuators</a> at the University of Florida; and</li>
<li><a title="NHERI Mobile Dynamic Shakers" href="">Large, Mobile Dynamic Shakers for Field Testing</a> at the University of Texas at Austin.</li>

All ENH awardees are stronglyencouraged to utilize the NSF-supported NHERI cyberinfrastructure resources (<a href=""></a>) for archiving and sharing of their research data in the NHERI Data Depot as part of their proposal&rsquo;s Data Management Plan, using and contributing computational modeling and simulation tools, accessing high performance computing resources, and broadly disseminating research outcomes.

The ENH program encourages knowledge dissemination and technology transfer activities that can lead to broader societal benefit and implementation for natural hazard mitigation for civil infrastructure. As appropriate to the awards supported under the ENH program, ENH-supported research will contribute to NSF&rsquo;s role in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program and the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program.

The ENH program does not support research on hazard characterization and impact of explosions, blast loading, wildfires and other typesof fire, solarwind andstorms, and drought on civil infrastructure; sensor and measurement technologies; long-term structural and field site instrumentation and health monitoring; induced seismicity; and applied research more appropriate for mission-oriented federal and state agencies, such ashazard mitigationof nuclear power plant, transportation (including bridges), and wind energy infrastructure.
Federal Grant Title: Engineering for Natural Hazards
Federal Agency Name: National Science Foundation
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: PD-16-014Y
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 47.041
CFDA Descriptions: Engineering Grants
Current Application Deadline: Feb 16, 2016
Original Application Deadline: Feb 16, 2016
Posted Date: Oct 24, 2015
Creation Date: Oct 24, 2015
Archive Date: Oct 15, 2020
Total Program Funding:
Maximum Federal Grant Award: none
Minimum Federal Grant Award: none
Expected Number of Awards:
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"
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