Every year, communities across the United States suffer significant disasters from natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and other natural hazards. While these sorts of adverse events cannot be eradicated, their consequences can be less disastrous if communities reduce their vulnerabilities and increase their resilience. Further, as average temperatures in the U.S. have risen in the last 50 years, many more extreme storms and fires have occurred. As this climate trend is expected to continue, improved adaptation and resilience to the new climate conditions, including extreme natural hazards, is growing more pressing. Scientific and engineering research can contribute significantly to disaster resilience and climate adaptation by revealing fundamental principles with implications for action. This solicitation, therefore, seeks to catalyze research into disaster-resilience relevant phenomena in support of improved, science-based measures or mechanisms for improved resilience, including improved planning, policy, decisions, design, codes, and standards or other relevant mechanisms.. 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.
NIST and NSF jointly released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on May 5, 2022 to help further its commitment to enhancing the nation's resilience. With this joint solicitation, the 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:
Projects that aim to address multi-hazard resilience phenomena are welcome.
Entities associated with disaster resilience that are of interest include, but are not limited to:
Disaster resilience-related policies and practices that are of interest include, but are not limited to:
NIST will hold a webinar on June 2, 2022 to provide general information regarding the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), offer general guidance on preparing applications, and answer questions. Proprietary technical discussions about specific project ideas will not be permitted and NIST staff will not critique or provide feedback on specific project ideas while they are being developed by an applicant or brought forth during the Webinar or at any time before the deadline for all applications. However, questions about the DR Research Grants Program, eligibility requirements, evaluation and award criteria, selection process, and the general characteristics of a competitive application can be addressed at the Webinar and by e-mail to millie.glick [at] nist.gov (). There is no cost to attend the Webinar, but participants must register in advance. Participation in the Webinar is not required, and will not be considered in the application review and selection process. Information on previous DR Research Grants Program announcements and awards are available here*.
View Notice of Funding Opportunity here. Please review the NOFO carefully to ensure that your application meets all requirements to be considered complete and responsive.