The Division of Civil and Mechanical Systems in the Directorate for Engineering of the National Science Foundation invites proposals for research that utilizes the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES). NEES is a national, shared use experimental resource for advancing knowledge and technology to improve the design and performance of the Nation's civil and mechanical infrastructure when subjected to earthquake excitation and tsunamis. NEES became operational for research and education activities on October 1, 2004, and will be operational through September 30, 2014. NEES comprises a network of 15 earthquake engineering experimental equipment sites, available for experimentation on-site or in the field and through telepresence. NEES equipment sites include shake tables, geotechnical centrifuges, a tsunami wave basin, unique
large-scale testing laboratory facilities, and mobile and permanently installed field equipment. The NEES networking cyberinfrastructure, known as NEESgrid, connects, via Internet2, the equipment sites as well as provides telepresence, a curated national data repository, simulation tools, and collaborative tools for facilitating on-line planning, execution, and post-processing of experiments. Through NSF funding, NEES Consortium, Inc., operates the NEES infrastructure (equipment sites and NEESgrid); coordinates education, outreach and training activities for NEES; develops partnerships nationally and internationally to enhance the capabilities of and participation in NEES; and establishes community-based policies for facilities sharing and data archiving and sharing. Projects proposed and funded under this solicitation must utilize one or more of the NEES equipment sites and the NEESgrid
cyberinfrastructure operated by NEESinc. Proposals may be submitted in three categories: Grand Challenge, Small Group, and Individual Investigator. Optional "payload" and "cyberinfrastructure tool" project components may be submitted as part of the proposal.
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NSF Publication 05-527
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