PEER Funds New Research in Seismic Performance of Transportation Systems

Published on December 1, 2017


The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, PEER, has continuing funding from the State of California related to the seismic performance of transportation systems. This funding supports the Transportation Systems Research Program (TSRP), the purpose of which is to lessen the impacts of earthquakes on the transportation systems of California, including highways and bridges, port facilities, high-speed rail, and airports. In September 2017, PEER issued a request for proposals, Solicitation PEER TSRP 17-01 , for one- and two-year projects aligned with the current TSRP research priorities and vision.

PEER received 13 proposals for seed funding and 34 proposals for full funding.  A seed project has a one-year budget equal to or less than $50,000.  These proposals received an expedited review by the Research Committee. Of the 13 seed proposals, the Research Committee has decided to fund six of the following six proposals.  See them here.

Of the 34 full-funding proposals submitted, PEER selected 11.  Two projects are collaborations of PEER core campuses.  One project is a collaboration between PEER core campuses Stanford University and UNR, and another project is a collaboration between a PEER core campus, UC Davis, and a member of PEER Business and Industry Partnership (BIP) program, Forell/Elsesser Engineers.  See all 11 projects here.

All of the funded projects will be listed soon on the PEER-TSRP website at

PEER thanks all the PIs who submittted proposals.  There are plans to have the PEER-TSRP RFP released annually in the fall and possibly biannually with another release mid-spring.