Seismic Waves is a newsletter published by the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program [NEHRP]. "A unique and highly productive program of applied research and development (R&D) in earthquake engineering celebrated its fifth anniversary in September 2012. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the lead Federal agency in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), launched this external R&D effort in 2007 through a 5-year contract with the NEHRP Consultants Joint Venture, a partnership between the Applied Technology Council (ATC) and the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE). The need for such a program had been recognized several years earlier, when planning efforts organized by NIST warned of a widening gap between the findings of basic research in earth-quake engineering and the practical application of those findings. The new program was designed to narrow this gap through problem-focused, practitioner-directed R&D [research & development] projects. By the close of the contract period, the program had initiated 34 projects, 15 of which are still under way. The role played by applied research, such as NIST's R&D projects, in integrating research findings into earthquake engineering is illustrated at right. New knowledge is generated through basic research supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF, a NEHRP agency), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS, a NEHRP agency), and others. Applied R&D conducted by NIST, USGS, and others transforms this fundamental knowledge into methods, tools, and guidance that are of practical use. Dissemination of these resources to earthquake engineering practitioners is led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA, a NEHRP agency) and other NEHRP agencies, by seismic code and standards developers, and by influential experts in industry and academia."
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: http://www.nehrp.gov/
Seismic Waves (December 2012)