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Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation

David J. Mendonca
mendonca@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7081
Room 550.08

Apply to PD 17-1638 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 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:  December 30, 2016 - January 13, 2017

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

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 disasters 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, integrating multiple perspectives, methods and results from diverse areas in engineering, social and natural sciences, and computing. Among these are civil, mechanical, transportation and system engineering; sociology, cognitive science and psychology, economics, geography, political science and urban planning; geology, biology and meteorology; and applied computing. Methodological innovations that span multiple, diverse disciplines are strongly encouraged.

Topics within the scope of the program include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Mitigation research focusing 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 focusing on warning, risk communication, evacuation, multi-hazard emergency planning, and the effectiveness of pre-disaster planning; 
  • Response research focusing on infrastructure interdependencies and cascading effects, innovation and improvisation, and the role of new and emerging communication and computing technologies; and
  • Recovery research examining links between disaster recovery and disaster mitigation, 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) or Geotechnical Engineering and Materials (GEM) programs. Finally, the program does not support hazard and disaster research that is strictly 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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