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Dennis Wenger
dwenger@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8606
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Apply to PD 15-1638 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guidelines apply.
For 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)

Important Notice to Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.

A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.

Full Proposal Window:  February 1, 2015 - February 17, 2015

February 1 - February 15, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Window:  September 1, 2015 - September 15, 2015

September 1 - September 15, Annually Thereafter

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

The IMEE program supports fundamental, multidisciplinary research on the impact of hazards and extreme events upon civil infrastructure and society. The program is focused upon research on the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from multi-hazard disasters. Community and societal resilience and sustainability are important topics within the research portfolio of IMEE. The program is deeply multidisciplinary and attempts to integrate multiple issues from civil, mechanical, transportation, and system engineering, sociology, psychology, economics, geography, political science, urban planning, epidemiology, natural and physical science, and computer science. With regard to the four core emphasis areas of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, a variety of topics are supported. The following list provides examples of the kinds of topics and issues that may be supported, though the list is not exhaustive and other, innovative topics may be proposed. Mitigation research may focus upon issues such as the analysis of structural and non-structural mitigation effectiveness, local capacity building for risk reduction, and social and physical vulnerability analyses. Preparedness research may involve studies on warning and risk communication, evacuation, multi-hazard emergency planning, and the effectiveness of pre-disaster planning. Response research may examine such issues as infrastructure interdependencies and cascading disasters, innovation and improvisation in emergency management, and the use of new communication technology and social media in emergency management. Recovery research may examine linking disaster recovery to the mitigation of future disasters, resilience metrics and models, resilience of interdependent infrastructure processes and systems, and social factors related to economic recovery and resilience.

The program does not support research on the normal, day-to-day operation of infrastructure systems. Such research should be submitted to the Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program. It also does not support basic research on non-hazard or disaster related structural engineering and geotechnical engineering. Such research should be submitted to the Structural & Architectural Engineering (SAE) and Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM) program. In addition, the program does not support hazard and disaster research that is mechanistic and embedded in traditional, engineering disciplinary frameworks. Such research should be submitted to the Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) program.

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