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Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation

Engineering for Civil Infrastructure  (ECI)


Learn more about ECI program scope and research thrusts at the ECI webinar on May 11, 2020. The webinar slides and recording (with closed captions) are now available.

Name Email Phone Room
Giovanna  Biscontin (703) 292-8360   
Caglar  Oskay (703) 292-7774   
Joy  M. Pauschke (703) 292-7024   


Apply to PD 19-073Y as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures 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 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

For additional information regarding the removal of deadlines for this program, please refer to the Dear Colleague Letter and Frequently Asked Questions.

Proposals submitted to other program announcements and solicitations, including the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER), must meet their respective deadlines; please refer to the deadline dates specified in the appropriate announcement or solicitation. Proposals for EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) or Rapid Response Research (RAPID) can be submitted at any time but Principal Investigators must contact the cognizant program director prior to submission. Proposals for supplements or workshops can be submitted at any time, and PIs are encouraged to contact the cognizant PD prior to submission.


The Engineering for Civil Infrastructure (ECI) program supports fundamental research in infrastructure materials and architectural, geotechnical and structural engineering that can shape the future of the nation's civil infrastructure. The ECI program focuses on geomaterials and geostructures, structural materials (metallic, polymeric, cementitious, glass, composites, etc.), structural and non-structural systems, and building envelopes. Principal Investigators are encouraged to consider physical civil infrastructure subjected to and interacting with the natural environment during construction; under normal service conditions; and under severe loading and environmental conditions such as extreme single or multi natural hazard events (including earthquakes, windstorms, tsunamis, storm surges, sinkholes, subsidence, and landslides). 

The ECI program supports both disciplinary and cross-disciplinary research, such as research at the intersection of civil infrastructure with data science and analytics, uncertainty quantification, risk and reliability, artificial intelligence and machine learning, biomimetics and bioinspiration, metamaterial concepts, multifunctionality (architectural, mechanical, thermal and others), and/or physics-based, multiscale, predictive modeling and simulation.

Principal Investigators are encouraged to address, as appropriate, potential economic, environmental, sustainability, resiliency and societal aspects of the research. The ECI program supports research on civil infrastructure that contributes to the National Science Foundation’s role in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) and the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP).

Principal Investigators are encouraged to leverage NSF’s investments in the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) experimental, computational modeling and simulation, and data resources ( in their research to accelerate advances needed for reducing the impacts of natural hazards on civil infrastructure. The NHERI Five-Year Science Plan (January 2020) ( offers a range of research topics that could benefit from the use of NHERI resources and are relevant to the ECI program.

The ECI program does not support research that lacks grounding in theory or focused on mission agency responsibilities, such as nuclear power plant, energy, and transportation infrastructure (for example, bridges and pavements), and natural resource exploration or recovery. The ECI program also does not support research on hazard characterization for and mitigation of the impact of explosions, blast loading, and fire; nor on sensor and measurement technology development. Research on natural hazard characterization is supported through programs in the NSF Directorate for Geosciences.  

Proposers are actively encouraged to email a one-page project summary to before full proposal submission to determine if the research topic falls within the scope of the ECI  program.




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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program