CMS Planning Document
The Civil and Mechanical Systems (CMS) Division of the Engineering (ENG)Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF), to serve society, and in partnershipwith the civil and mechanical engineering research and education community, iscommitted to excellence in carrying out its
:To expand the
base for the engineering professionin application to mechanical systems and the constructed environment, tosupport the
transmittal of that knowledge to new generations
tosupport the rapid development and deployment of research to mitigaterisks induced by natural and man-made
The CMS division supports research and education related to the structures and machineswe encounter in our daily lives. The division’s activities are clustered into three mainareas: (1)
engineered materials and mechanics
intelligent civil and mechanical systems
, and (3)
infrastructure systems and hazard mitigation
.CMS builds upon the widely recognized strengths and core values of NSF in terms of funding research at the
discovery, learning and innovation
based uponrigorous, competitive
. This document summarizes the results of a one-yearstrategic planning effort undertaken by CMS, and puts forth statements of vision,mission, goals, objectives and values. The report includes specific recommendations andactions to achieve those objectives. Those recommendations, detailed on pages 25-28,are grouped into four main categories and summarized here as follows:1.
Leadership and communications in research and education for civil and mechanical engineering systems
. In partnership with the CMS research and educationcommunity, identify and articulate the benefits to society of civil and mechanicalsystems research and education through divisional-level workshops.2.
Priorities for CMS research
: Investigator-initiated research; the Network forEarthquake Engineering Simulation cyberinfrastructure; nano- and bio- mechanics of materials; intelligent civil and mechanical systems; simulation-based engineeringscience; hazard mitigation and response for critical infrastructure protection.3.
Proposal loads and success rates
. Make the case for increasing research investmentsin CMS research areas, take measures to limit the numbers of proposals; developmutually beneficial partnerships with other agencies; improve all administrativeprocesses.4.
. Carry out studies to identify the NSF role in seminal developments incivil and mechanical engineering over the past few decades; award a prize of nationalstature to recognize these most significant outcomes of CMS funded research;perform regular evaluations of all programs and solicitations, and objective surveys of research communities served by CMS.