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Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation

Engineering for Natural Hazards  (ENH)

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Joy  M. Pauschke (703) 292-7024   
Richard  J. Fragaszy (703) 292-7011   


Apply to PD 16-014Y as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via the NSF Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Application Guide is available on the website and on the NSF website at:

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Window:  September 1, 2016 - September 15, 2016

Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. proposer's local time on September 15, 2016; September 1 - September 15, Annually Therafter

Full Proposal Window:  February 1, 2017 - February 15, 2017

February 1 - February 15, Annually Thereafter

Due dates repeat annually. Please reference the CMMI main page for further specifics concerning unsolicited proposal submission windows.


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.  While a project may 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.

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

  • Understanding and modeling the underlying physics of the performance of civil infrastructure subjected to natural hazards; 
  • Advances in design and decision theory for existing and new sustainable civil infrastructure to achieve desired system-level performance under lifetime single natural hazard or multiple hazard loadings;
  • 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
  • Advances in computational modeling and simulation that integrate theory, computation, experimentation, and data, as appropriate, to advance natural hazard mitigation for civil infrastructure.  

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:

All ENH awardees are strongly encouraged to utilize the NSF-supported NHERI cyberinfrastructure resources ( for archiving and sharing of their research data in the NHERI Data Depot as part of their proposal’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’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 types of fire, solar wind and storms, and drought on civil infrastructure; sensor and measurement technologies; long-term structural and field site instrumentation and health monitoring; induced seismicity; and research on hazard mitigation of nuclear power plant, transportation (including bridges), and wind energy infrastructure.


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program