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[liberationtech] NSF Seeking Proposals for Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters (HazardSEES)

Yosem Companys companys at
Fri Dec 14 09:37:22 PST 2012

The National Science Foundation (NSF)<> has 
issued a new solicitation – Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and 
Disasters, orHazardSEES<> – 
that aims to foster the science and engineering necessary to improve our 
understanding of natural and technological hazards linked to natural 
phenomena.  Proposals responsive to this program (which is one of several 
recent opportunities posted under NSF’s multi-year, Foundation-wide Science, 
Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES)<> initiative) 
should describe (1) innovative interdisciplinary research that advances our 
understanding of the causes, interdependencies, impacts, and cumulative 
effects of these hazards on individuals, the natural and built environment, 
and society as a whole, and (2) mechanisms for improving capabilities for 
forecasting or predicting hazards, mitigating their effects, and enhancing 
our capacity to respond to and recover from resultant disasters.

Computing, communications, and information technologies will play an 
inherent role in enabling a hazard-resilient society in the long term, 
through data- and knowledge-driven discovery enabled by real-time sensing 
and predictive modeling for decision making; augmentation of human 
capabilities via robotics and assistive technologies; and improved 
assessment using modeling, simulation, and experimentation.

Although NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and 
Engineering (CISE) <> has a rich 
history of disciplinary research in each of these core research areas, 
HazardSEES provides a unique opportunity to foster the kinds of truly 
interdisciplinary teams that are necessary to substantially enhance 
disaster and hazard resilience in the face of an increasing frequency of 
extreme events and increasing impact on vulnerable regions in the world.

As specified in the solicitation, HazardSEES seeks proposals – due 
by February 4, 2013 – of two types:

*Type 1: These proposals forge new or emerging interdisciplinary teams to 
develop ideas and approaches through either: (a) exploratory research that 
could, for example, mine, integrate, and synthesize existing data sets, 
collect limited new data, conduct modeling experiments, test new 
integrative approaches, and/or identify new conceptual ideas and key gaps 
in knowledge and methods; or (b) networking activities that would foster 
communication/coordination and promote new collaborations among scientists 
and engineers with diverse expertise across disciplinary, organizational, 
institutional, geographical and/or international boundaries. The inclusion 
of early career researchers and, where appropriate, postdoctoral 
researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students in Type 1 
projects is encouraged. Type 1 proposals are expected to range up to 
$300,000 for up to two years.*


*Type 2: These proposals support interdisciplinary research to conduct 
major new integrated hazards research. These may include theoretical, 
field, laboratory, and/or modeling activities. Type 2 proposals are 
expected to range up to $3,000,000 for up to four years.*

All HazardSEES proposals need to demonstrate the inclusion of the 
appropriate expertise to address the research questions, hypotheses, and 
problems being posed.*  *Research projects should be designed around one or 
more locations, identifiable hazards, and/or themes. Furthermore, the 
projects must have as an objective training of the next generation of 
scientists and engineers for such research.

For more details, read the HazardSEES solicitation here<>
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