George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Operations FY 2015-FY 2019 (NEES2 Ops)

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13537/nsf13537.htm

National Science Foundation

Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements.  The University and the System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.

Institutional Eligibility:  Universities and colleges - universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the U.S., acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.

PI Eligibility:  The PI, who will serve as the network director, must be a full-time employee of the lead institution by the effective start date of the NSF cooperative agreement award.

The proposal will be prepared and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS).

Proposal Limit: 1

Summary:  The current NEES experimental facilities and cyberinfrastructure have served as an integral and enabling resource, facilitating over 100 NSF-supported research awards for knowledge, discovery, and innovation to improve the seismic design and performance of U.S. civil infrastructure. NEES has provided resources for investigators to participate in cutting edge research to advance fundamental knowledge; computational, simulation, and visualization tools; design strategies, practice, and codes in earthquake engineering; sustainable technologies for design, rehabilitation, and remediation; experimental simulation techniques and instrumentation; and sensor technology. In addition, NEES has had the agility to deploy sensors and data acquisition systems to capture large aftershock building response data following the 2010 Chile and 2010/2011 New Zealand earthquakes. The NEEShub Project Warehouse (http://nees.org/warehouse/welcome) archives experimental data from research conducted at the NEES facilities, and its data are a resource to spur new research, new computational models, and new strategies for earthquake hazard mitigation.
The goals for NEES2 operations are to:

  • Provide national and international leadership for multi-user, research infrastructure management and operations to enable transformative research for earthquake hazard mitigation, 
  • Provide major earthquake engineering experimental facilities that openly support access by external users, 
  • Provide community-driven, production-quality cyberinfrastructure that can accelerate research to innovation through the integration of user support, testing, data, computation, simulation, visualization, collaboration, and long-term digital preservation, 
  • Provide a safe and secure experimental environment and cyberinfrastructure for users to conduct research and education activities, 
  • Implement effective education and community outreach (ECO) activities that lead to a broadly inclusive and active user base for NEES2 and next generation earthquake engineering workforce, and 
  • Build national and international partnerships that bring additional resources to NEES2 as well as to the partnering organizations. 
     

To achieve these goals, NEES2 operations are to be guided by the NEES2 Science Plan, Strategic Plan and Performance Metrics, work breakdown structure (WBS) and its dictionary, and annual work plans. These plans are to guide operations of the following major NEES2 components:

  • NEES2 management office (NMO), 
  • Four to six multi-user, earthquake engineering experimental facilities, plus an additional facility to support post-earthquake, rapid response research (PERRR), 
  • Cyberinfrastructure, and 
  • ECO activities. 

A core strategy is broadening opportunities and expanding participation of groups, institutions, and geographic regions that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. NSF is committed to this strategy and deems it central to the programs, projects, and activities it supports. In all NEES2 staffing and organized activities, the awardee must annually provide evidence of participation by groups, institutions, and geographic regions underrepresented in STEM.

Dates:
February 13, 2013, 5:00 p.m.: Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project. 

Send email of intent to limitedsubmissions@tamu.edu

February 22, 2013, 5:00 p.m.:  Deadline to submit an internal proposal.  All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a 1-3 page Research Plan Summary, Bio-sketch, and budget (if required).

The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M Principal Investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, from the e-proposal site, click on “Signup,” fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact shelly.martin@tamu.edu or 979.862.2233.

March 8, 2013: Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

March 22, 2013:  Due date for required Letter of Intent

May 24, 2013:  Sponsor deadline for the full application.

Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M University has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.

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