In April 2016, President Obama proclaimed April 2016 as the National Building Safety Month. The President's proclamation highlights the clear national commitment to advancing resilience in the built environment, from codes and standards to building design and construction. As underscored in the President's proclamation, working with communities to build resilient infrastructure to prepare for the impacts of disaster has been a long-standing focus for this Administration. The National Academies described disaster resilience as "a national imperative" in its 2012 report. As such, research and development programs within Federal agencies, including NIST, have been targeting advancing disaster resilience in support of the President's national agenda for this topical area.
NIST released a Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) on July 26, 2016 to help further President Obama's April 2016 commitment to enhancing the nation's built resilient infrastructure. This competition is designed to encourage research in the areas of windstorm impact reduction and structural performance, disaster and failure studies, wildland urban interface, and national earthquake hazards reduction.
The Disaster Resilience (DR) Research Grants Program seeks applications from eligible applicants to conduct research aimed at advancing the principles of resilience in building design and building codes and standards. Research proposals must support the overall effort of developing science-based building codes by evaluating potential technologies and architectural design criteria to improve disaster resilience in the built environment.
This page provides additional information and reminders that may prove helpful to those with an interest in applying.
- Applicants should be aware, and factor in their application submission planning, that the Grants.gov system is expected to be closed for routine maintenance at these times: from 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time, Saturday, August 20, 2016 until Monday, August 22, 2016 at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time; and from 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time, Saturday, September 17, 2016 until Monday, September 19, 2016 at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Applications cannot be submitted when Grants.gov is closed.
- Refer to the Official Information on Grants.gov Before Applying: The NIST Disaster Resilience Research Grants Program will only accept applications as described within the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) that is published on Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/).
- FFO Announced on Grants.gov (2016-NIST-DR-01) on July 26, 2016
- Full Applications due through Grants.gov on or about September 23, 2016, 11:59 p.m. ET
- Anticipated start date for awards in Q2 of calendar year 2017
- FAQ and Application Resources – August 25, 2016 - Slide Presentation
- The FFO at Grants.gov - contains links to download the full application package, including all required forms
- FFO only (PDF)
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Questions Not Answered In The FAQ: Refer to the FFO for a list of agency contacts or e-mail EL_AgreementsSpecialist@nist.gov.
- Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) - secure, web-based all electronic payment and information application for federal agencies and their recipients.
- Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions, dated December 26, 2014.
- Department of Commerce Grants and Cooperative Agreements Manual, dated March 1, 2013.
- OMB Uniform Guidance 2 CFR Part 200 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
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