Civil Infrastructure Systems

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program supports fundamental and innovative research necessary for designing, constructing, managing, maintaining, operating and protecting efficient, resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure systems. Research that recognizes the role that these systems play in societal functioning and accounts for how human behavior and social organizations contribute to and affect the performance of these systems is encouraged.

This program focuses on the civil infrastructure as a system in which interactions between spatially-distributed components and intersystem connections exist. Thus, intra- and inter-physical, information and behavioral dependencies of these systems are also of particular interest. Topics pertaining to transportation systems, construction engineering, infrastructure systems and infrastructure management are a focus of this program. Research that considers either or both ordinary and disrupted operating environments is relevant.

Applications are encouraged for:

  • Methodological contributions pertaining to systems engineering and design
  • Network analysis and optimization, performance management, vulnerability and risk analysis, Mathematical and simulation modeling, exact and approximate algorithm development,
  • Control theory, statistical forecasting, dynamic and stochastic systems approaches
  • Multi-attribute decision theory
  • Behavioral and social considerations
  • Other methodological areas or integration of methods

The program does not support research with a primary contribution pertaining to individual infrastructure components, materials, sensor technology, extreme event modeling, climate modeling, human factors, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental sciences, or hydrologic engineering, since these topics do not fall within the scope of the CIS program.

The CIS program encourages knowledge dissemination and technology transfer activities that can lead to broader societal benefit and implementation for provision of physical civil infrastructure systems.

Proposals are accepted between the following time frames each year:

  • September 1 - September 15
  • January 10 - January 24

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