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US-PRC flagsBuffalo, New York ..... US researchers in the fields of earthquake studies, earthquake engineering and earthquake hazards mitigation are invited to participate in the US/PRC Research Exchange Program in Earthquake Studies. The program, designed to further cooperative research in earthquake hazard mitigation between the United States and the People's Republic of China (PRC), is jointly sponsored by the National Science Foundation (US) and the Ministry of Construction (PRC), It is coordinated by the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER), headquartered at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Applications are now being accepted for placement during the 2000-2001 fiscal year.

The program enables selected US researchers to visit host institutions in the People’s Republic of China for both short-term (1-2 weeks) and long-term intervals (3, 6 or 12 months). Successful applicants will engage in cooperative research activities as outlined in Annex III to the US/PRC Protocol for Scientific and Technical Cooperative Research in Earthquake Studies, Earthquake Engineering and Hazards Mitigation.

Protocol objective is to develop safe, cost-effective engineering design methods and construction practices, and other countermeasures to improve seismic safety. It also involves application of engineering knowledge of earthquake strong-ground motion, its effects on structures, and the dynamic behavior of soils, as well as mitigation measures, emergency management, social and economic effects, and education.

Some support for exchange travel and subsistence costs will be provided by sponsors. No funding is provided for salaries. Length of funded exchange periods will be determined based on extent of research proposed. Exchanges are expected to begin as early as January 2001. Deadline for application is December 18, 2000.

A US selection panel will review applications to determine the relevance of proposed studies to objectives of the US/PRC Protocol. Awards will be contingent upon approval of the NSF.

pdf icon Application Form for the US/China Research Exchange Program (In order to apply, you  must print, complete and mail this form.)  

Completed applications must be accompanied by:

spnbullet.gif (49 bytes) a current curriculum vitae
spnbullet.gif (49 bytes) prospectus outlining proposed research, past work & anticipated outcomes (<3 pages)
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For further information, contact

Andrea Dargush,
Assistant Director for Education and Research Administration,
Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research,
State University of New York at Buffalo,
Red Jacket Quadrangle,
Buffalo, NY 14261;

ext. 106 (telephone);
716-645-3399 (facsimile);

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