EERI Letter to NSF on the Future of Earthquake Engineering Research

Following the National Science Foundation (NSF) decision to not move forward with an award for NEES2 Operations, EERI President Ian Buckle sent a letter of concern to NSF on behalf of the EERI Board of Directors. The October 30, 2013 letter expresses unease about this decision and the lack of specifics or a timeline for the announcement of an alternate plan.

NSF has since replied saying the federal shutdown in October and budget uncertainties have led to this delay and, in the meantime, researchers should be aware that proposals are being accepted for use of the NEES facilities through the usual channels.

EERI played an active role in the establishment of the George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) external link icon more than a decade ago, and has watched it grow and mature into a remarkably successful program in earthquake risk reduction. Since its creation, NEES has become a key part of a community-wide effort to enhance the seismic resilience of the nation and has played a unique and essential role in this regard.

To read President Buckle’s letter (PDF), visit