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September 2015 Featured Article

Featured Article

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Funds Make Resilience Planning Feasible from the Local Level
Triad Associates

Promoting economic growth that is also resilient to natural and manmade hazards can get highly political and very costly. For many municipalities, creating the basis for new policies and design standards requires comprehensive analysis and research. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting applications for the Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE) Grants program. Findings from IMEE funded research can inform local governments on how to best prioritize and move new policies to ensure greater resilience.

The NSF is an independent federal agency created by the National Science Foundation Act of 1950 to: "promote the progress of science; [and] to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare by supporting research and education in all fields of science and engineering." The NSF also accounts for approximately 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

IMEE program dollars support research related to a greater understanding of the impact of hazards and extreme events on communities and infrastructure. The goal of this research is to assist local governments to become more proactive in hazard mitigation, more resilient to extreme events and more responsive to multi-hazard disasters. Unique to this program are opportunities for also funding psychological, geographic, economic, epidemiological, sociological and planning research.

The task of ensuring that communities are prepared for disasters goes beyond the municipal government, first responders and ready infrastructure. Partnerships among other sectors and organizations are necessary to effectively implement any new measures in preventing hazard vulnerability. IMEE funding can assist with this task, supporting continued planning and preparation is followed through.

The application window for IMEE grants is September 1 through September 15, 2015. State and local governments are eligible to apply as well as academic institutions, non-profits, and private organizations. Proposers should allow up to six months for programmatic review. Applicants are also required to have a valid DUNS number and active SAM registration to apply electronically.

Click here for more information on this program.

Published September 2015.


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