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National Science Foundation: Final CMS

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COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCEin Civil And Mechanical Systems Research and Education 
Planning for the Future of theDivision of Civil and Mechanical Systems (CMS),Directorate for Engineering (ENG),National Science Foundation (NSF)4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22230 USA
CMS program directors on a day in 2004, when all were in theoffice except Drs. Mujumdar and Ulsoy. (From left to right, backto front, Drs. McCabe, Wenger, Chong, Fragaszy, Chung,Pauschke, Liu, Tomizuka, Pestana, de la Garza and Balaguru).
 
 
 
CMS Planning Document 
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TABLE OF CONTENTSTable of Contents..........................................................................................................2Executive Summary......................................................................................................3Introduction..................................................................................................................4Background...................................................................................................................5Vision, Mission, Goals, Objectives and Processes........................................................7Frontiers: Emerging Areas of Civil and Mechanical Systems Research..................15CMS People and Organization...................................................................................21Recommendations and Action Plan............................................................................25AppendicesA - CMS Facts and Figures.............................................................................29B - CMS Committee of Visitors 2004..............................................................33C - CMS Retreat Held 12/03 and 8/04............................................................36D – NEES Partnership Plan............................................................................43E – Discussion on “Solicited” vs. “Unsolicited” Research..............................46References...................................................................................................................48
The proposals submitted to CMS have been steadily increasing,while the number of awards and supplements remain fairlyconstant. There has been some increase in award size andduration. However, overall success rates have been declining.
 
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CMS Planning Document 
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
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
mission
:To expand the
 fundamental knowledge
base for the engineering professionin application to mechanical systems and the constructed environment, tosupport the
transmittal of that knowledge to new generations
, and
 
tosupport the rapid development and deployment of research to mitigaterisks induced by natural and man-made
hazards
.
 
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
, (2)
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
 frontiers of 
 
discovery, learning and innovation
based uponrigorous, competitive
merit review
. 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.
 
 Assessment 
. 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.

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