Special Projects & Initiatives of the Endowment Fund


The EERI Endowment Fund was established in 1994 to improve the science and practice of earthquake engineering and related disciplines in order to reduce the impacts of earthquakes, by supporting small, creative and innovative projects.

The Special Projects and Initiatives Committee solicits proposals, then selects and manages projects that recognize the multidisciplinary challenge of earthquake risk reduction and the broad geographic and professional composition of EERI’s membership. Funding is used to stimulate new or unique ventures. It is the hope that Endowment projects will be seed projects that will grow into larger ventures, supported in part by EERI’s partner organizations in promoting earthquake risk reduction.

Programs supported by the Fund should identify gaps in research, improve application and practice, and facilitate public policy that leads to effective reduction of earthquake risks. It is intended that the Endowment Fund will stimulate the mobilization of additional intellectual and financial resources to address the following critical issues:

  • Stimulate growth of and foster greater interaction between the disciplines within the earthquake community.
  • Improve general level of expertise within the earthquake risk reduction community.
  • Increase the amount and quality of research contributing to earthquake risk reduction.
  • Encourage the transfer of research results and knowledge through improved codes, design standards, and construction practices.
  • Heighten priority of earthquake risk reduction among policy makers, building owners, technical community and general public.
  • Develop cooperative relationships with public and private funding sources for joint support of grant activities.
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The Importance of the Fund to You

The Endowment allows the Institute to use its intellectual and institutional resources to further its objectives, exercise leadership, and serve you, a member, by:

  • Allowing the Institute to enhance earthquake loss reduction activities nationally in ways that can’t, or won’t, be funded by others.
  • Providing you, as a member of EERI, an opportunity to channel philanthropic giving to achieve objectives you believe important. You can invest in the activities of your organization.
  • Allowing the Institute to develop its capabilities independent of financial sponsors. The Endowment provides the operating capital to create an Institute owned by its members, including you.
  • Giving the Institute stature and enabling it to draw attention to important issues. Small sums of money, supplemented with expertise such as yours, support projects that make a difference in earthquake safety and improve the profession.
  • Giving you, as a member of EERI, the opportunity to invest intellectual capital. Members are invited to take initiative and contribute proposals for projects.

Annual Reports (PDF)

This table lists the special projects and initiatives that have been supported by the Endowment Fund since its inception in 1995.

YearProjectContributor, Chair or AuthorProduct
Electronic Information Management Plan, PaperFarzad Naeim, author
1995White Paper on Public Policy and Building Safety
Chris Poland, chair Public Policy and Building Safety
1997White Paper and Workshop on Construction Quality and Seismic EducationCynthia Hoover and Jim Russell, chairs Construction Quality, Education and Seismic Safety
1997White Paper and Workshop: Ethical Dilemmas in Earthquake Risk ReductionBret Lizundia, chairEthical Issues and Earthquake Risk Reduction
1997Strategic Plan to Improve Seismic Training of Trades and Code EnforcersCynthia Hoover and Jim Russell, chairs
Promoting construction quality in developing countries. Turned into the World Housing Encyclopedia
Chris Arnold and Marjorie Greene, chairs World Housing Encyclopedia
1998-PresentVisiting Professionals Program turned into the Friedman Family Visiting Professional ProgramChris Arnold, chair Friedman Family Visiting Professionals Program Reports
2000Financial Management of Earthquake RiskWeimin Dong, chair Financial Management of Earthquake Risk
2000-PresentEncyclopedia of Housing Construction Types turned into the World Housing EncyclopediaSvetlana Brzev, chairWorld Housing Encyclopedia
2002Northern California EERI Chapter: Quake '06Quake '06: NC Chapter
2005Scenario for a Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake on the Seattle FaultDon Ballantyne, chair Scenario for a Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake on the Seattle Fault
2005-2007Small Grants for Developing Countries Sudhir Jain, chair 2005 Endowment Fund Annual Report: Small Grants for Developing Countries
2006Guidelines for Developing an Earthquake ScenarioJane Preuss, authorhttps://www.eeri.org/products-page/endowment-fund-reports/guidelines-for-developing-an-earthquake-scenario-3/
2006Collaborative project between UBC and UNAM on Confined Masonry: Ken Elwood, chairEvaluation of Confined Masonry Guidelines for Earthquake-Resistant Housing
2007Support for Earthquake Engineering Practice, journal available outside of US/Canada/New Zealand Sudhir Jain, chairNational Information Centre of Earthquake Engineering
2007New Madrid Earthquake ScenariosGreg Hempen, chairNew Madrd Earthquake Scenarios
2008 International Strategy Workshop on Promotion of Confined Masonry NetworkCraig Comartin and Sudhir Jain, chairsConfined Masonry Network
2008Identification of Methods to Achieve Successful Implementation of Nonstructural and Equipment Seismic RestraintsJohn Masek, author
Identification of Methods to Achieve Successful Implementation of Nonstructural and Equipment Seismic Restraints
2008Contributions of Earthquake Engineering to Protect Communities and Critical Infrastructure from MultihazardsThomas O'Rourke, chairContributions of EQ Engineering to Protecting Communities and Critical Infrastructure from Multihazards
2009Straw Bale Construction: A Solution for Seismic Resistant Housing in Developing CountriesDarcey Donovan, consultantSeismic Performance of Innovative Straw Bale Wall Systems
2009Adobe with Geomesh ReinforcementMarcial Blondet, authorAdobe with Geomesh Reinforcement
2009-PresentNew Tutorials section of World Housing Encyclopedia websiteCVR Murty, chairWorld Housing Encyclopedia Tutorials
2010Tutorial on straw bale constructionDmitry Ozeryansky and Martin Hammer, authorsTo be published Spring 2013.
2010City of Berkeley Soft Story Ordinance David Bonowitz & Sheri Rabinovici, authorsPDF report
2011Seismic Upgrade TriggersBonowitz, McCormick, Somers, authorsReport Coming Soon
2011Framed Infill NetworkGeohazards InternationalFramed Infill Network