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Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation

Joy M. Pauschke
jpauschk@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7024

Kishor Mehta
kimehta@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7081

Richard J. Fragaszy
rfragasz@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7011

Chris Paredis
cparedis@nsf.gov, (703) 292-2241

Solicitation 14-557

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.

Buildings are a significant part of our nation's civil infrastructure for our welfare, livelihood, security, and safety.  Buildings exist in an economic, social, technological, and natural context.  They must be designed for resilience to the multiple natural hazards, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, windstorms (e.g., hurricanes and tornadoes), and floods, which may be experienced over their lifespan.  Their design must also accommodate emerging societal goals for sustainability to reduce their impact on the natural environment.  This high performance for multi-hazard resiliency and sustainability requires a comprehensive understanding of the risks, costs, and opportunities for a range of decisions, from choosing the building materials to designing the many systems comprising the building.  Among these systems, the building's soil-foundation-structural-envelope (SFSE) system is critical to maintain the integrity and functionality of the building to protect occupants and the interior.  

The goal of the Decision Frameworks for Multi-Hazard Resilient and Sustainable Buildings (RSB) solicitation is to advance knowledge for new concepts for multi-hazard resilient and sustainable SFSE building systems using decision frameworks for selection among alternative building system designs.  Research for multi-hazard resilient and sustainable SFSE building systems supported under the this solicitation must include the consideration of a rational decision framework, preferences, concepts for SFSE systems, and design optimization methods for generating and choosing among alternative SFSE systems.

Multidisciplinary collaborations are essential for this research.  Proposals must broadly integrate across the fields of architecture; engineering; material, environmental, social, behavioral, and economic sciences; and other disciplines necessary to address the research scope.  Research supported under this solicitation may include computational, analytical, and/or experimental work.  Research may also undertake the collection of new data or the use of existing data, but the data must be integral to the decision framework.  This solicitation does not support research that generically addresses materials research or decision frameworks outside the context of decision making for multi-hazard resilient and sustainable SFSE building systems.   

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