Program Summary

Program Summary

The Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a solicitation to create the Community Resilience Center of Excellence (COE) to focus on improving communities’ ability to prepare for, withstand, and recover from natural disasters. In the last several years, President Obama has increased federal attention on hazards in the wake of Hurricane Sandy; the Joplin, Kansas tornado; and other large scale natural disasters, and this competition is part of several recently announced federally funded competitions to help communities deal with these events. This center will rely heavily on computational expertise to develop tools and methods to assess resilience at the community level. NIST hopes this center will address the current lack of science-based tools and metrics in evaluating community resilience to disasters. With a particular focus on the role buildings and infrastructure play in community resilience, the COE will develop system-based, multi-scale modeling tools and techniques to help local decision-makers plan for and respond to disasters. These tools will be adaptable to the needs and environments of each community. The center’s three specific thrusts will include: Computational modeling environment for community resilience for the built environment (buildings, energy, transportation, water, and communication systems) Data management tools for community resilience systems Resilience data architecture validation studies Similar to the first COE launched in 2013 that focused on advanced materials, this center will combine NIST, academia, and industry expertise through a collaborative, interdisciplinary research environment built from staff exchanges and other joint activities. In addition, NIST expects the center to broaden the agency’s own capabilities in disaster resilience science and expand its ability to engage with industry. NIST plans to announce a third COE in forensic sciences later this year as well. Total Funding and Award Size:$4 million annually for five years with the possibility of another five year funding period. Funding is subject to annual congressional appropriations. There is no cost sharing. Eligibility: U.S. higher education institutions, non-profit organizations, and private sector companies are eligible to lead applications, while state and local government entities are eligible to participate only as partners. NIST will accept applications from a single organization or consortia of the above entities. Institutions may apply to be the lead organization on one application only.

Application Limits

Application Limits

UIC is allowed one submission as lead organization. NIST will hold a webinar on August 5 to provide feedback and answer questions about the solicitation. Participants must register in advance to participate. Information on registration will be posted to http://www.nist.gov/coe/resilience/index.cfm.

Additional Information

Deadlines

UIC Letter of Intent
July 25, 2014
UIC Internal Competition
N/A
Sponsor Letter of Intent
N/A
Sponsor Application
September 12, 2014

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will be posted if necessary.

eLOI Form & Instructions

  1. Download the file directly to your computer or to a disk, right click on the link, then select "save link as" or "save target as" from the dropdown options.
  2. Open eLOI.
  3. Position the hand pointer inside a form field and click.
    • To accept the field change and go to the next field, press Tab or use your mouse to click on the next form field.
    • To accept the field change and go to the previous field, press Shift + Tab or use your mouse to click on the previous form field.
  4. Complete the form fields.
  5. After completing the form, click “Save” then click “Submit to RDS@uic.edu”.

Letter of Intent (LOI): eLOI Form (Fillable PDF*)

*Please note:

  • Fields highlighted in red are required to successfully submit the form.
  • Do not print then submit scanned version of e-LOI via email.

Please contact Tony Halford at ahalford@uic.edu or 6-7036 with any questions.

If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact RDS@uic.edu for further information.