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National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Office

NIST is designated by Congress as the Lead Agency for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). This Office supports the NEHRP Secretariat Office, which coordinates the NEHRP research and implementation activities for the four NEHRP agencies – the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), NIST, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the US Geological Survey (USGS).

FEMA Earthquake Program
NIST Earthquake Engineering Group
National Science Foundation
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) was established by the U.S. Congress when it passed the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977, Public Law (PL) 95-124.  At the time of its creation, Congress' stated purpose for NEHRP was "to reduce the risks of life and property from future earthquakes in the United States through the establishment and maintenance of an effective earthquake hazards reduction program."  In establish NEHRP, Congress recognized that earthquake-related losses could be reduced through improved design and construction methods and practices, land use controls and redevelopment, prediction techniques and early-warning systems, coordinated emergency preparedness plans, and public education and involvement programs.

The four NEHRP agencies work in close coordination to improve the Nation's understanding of earthquake hazards and to mitigate their effects.  The missions of the four agencies are complementary, and the agencies work together to improve our understanding, characterization, and assessment of hazards and vulnerabilities; improve model building codes and land use practices; reduce risks through post-earthquake investigations and education; improve design and construction techniques; improve the capability of government at all levels and the private sector to reduce and manage earthquake risk; and accelerate the application of research results.  All four agencies are responsible for coordinating program activities with similar activities in other countries.

For more information on the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, visit 

2020 Disaster Resilience Grants Program

 With this joint solicitation, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S Department of Commerce (DOC) National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) call for research proposals to advance fundamental knowledge related to disaster resilience. Advances in scientific and engineering methods and tools relevant to resilience are also of interest. Natural hazards that are of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Windstorm events, including hurricanes and tornadoes;
  • Water events, including hurricanes, sustained rain, both coastal and inland flood, and tsunamis;
  • Wildland-urban interface fires;
  • Earthquakes.

Terrorism, industrial accidents, and pandemics are not covered by this competition.

Projects that aim to address multi-hazard resilience phenomena are welcome.


Steven McCabe  Director 301 975-8549
John 'Jay' Harris Acting Deputy Director 301 975-6538
Tina Faecke Management and Program Analyst 301 975-5911
Judith Mitrani-Reiser Associate Chief, Materials & Structural Materials Division 301 975-0684
Peter Gale Administrative Office Assistant