George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Operations (NEES Ops) FY 2010-FY 2014

NSF Town Hall Meeting and Webcast
Friday, August 8th, 2008
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET


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An NSF Town Hall Meeting for representatives of organizations interested in obtaining information relevant to the development of a proposal for submission to the NSF program solicitation NSF 08-574, "George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Operations (NEES Ops) FY 2010 - FY 2014," will be held on August 8, 2008, from 9 AM to 12 PM at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, Room 110.  At this meeting, NSF staff will discuss the scope of this competition for the network-wide leadership, management, operations, and maintenance of NEES from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2014, and the review process.  Proposers interested in attending this meeting should send an email to Joy Pauschke ( by August 5, 2008, with their name, organizational affiliation, and contact information.  More information about this meeting, including an agenda, will be available at

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Background Information

Synopsis of NSF 08-574 the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Operations (NEES Ops) FY 2010-FY2014

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is soliciting proposals for network-wide leadership, management, operations, and maintenance of the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) from October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2014. NEES is a NSF-supported shared resource of experimental facilities and cyberinfrastructure for research and education to advance knowledge discovery and innovation to reduce losses from earthquakes. The NEES experimental infrastructure comprises a network of 15 earthquake engineering equipment sites, located at universities across the United States, available for testing on-site, in the field, or through telepresence. The NEES equipment sites include shake tables, geotechnical centrifuges, a tsunami wave basin, unique large-scale testing laboratories, and mobile and permanently installed field equipment. The NEES cyberinfrastructure connects the equipment sites, via Internet2, and provides data curation and a curated central data repository; telepresence; simulation, computational, data visualization, and collaborative tools; hybrid (coupled computational and physical) simulation and multi-site hybrid simulation capabilities; user support services; middleware; and a cybersecurity framework.

A single award will be made for NEES operations, as a cooperative agreement, for a duration of five years from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2014. The awardee will use this NSF support to provide governance, a network-wide management headquarters, and subawards to the equipment sites and cyberinfrastructure, education, outreach, and other partner organizations based on the awardee's strategic plan, policies and procedures, annual goals and priorities, and the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement. The NEES equipment sites are not being competed as part of this solicitation and no new equipment sites will be added to NEES as a result of this competition. Cyberinfrastructure operations and education and outreach activities are being competed as part of the award to be made under this solicitation and proposers should address these in their proposal submission. The awardee itself will not conduct research under this cooperative agreement; NSF separately funds researchers and educators to use NEES.

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