NHERI Summer Institute
for Early-Career Faculty

June 16 — 17, 2021



The NHERI Summer Institute is to be held June 16-17, 2021, at the University of Texas at San Antonio's (UTSA) Downtown Campus.  For the health and safety of attendees and faculty, the institute may move to a hybrid or remote format based on COVID-19 restrictions.

Early-career faculty, K-12 educators, engineers, and researchers who want to learn more about the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) community are invited to apply.  Participants will learn about:

  • The NHERI program mission
  • Grant proposal writing
  • NHERI network facility capabilities
  • Requesting research resources within the NHERI network
  • The NHERI Science Plan
  • DesignSafe computational research and data management capabilities
  • Developing education and community outreach
  • Integrating diversity and inclusion
  • Community networking and mentoring

All participants—early-career professionals and faculty, K-12 educators and administrators, and established professionals and faculty—are welcome to attend. We are especially looking for participants interested in multi-disciplinary research and collaboration between experimental sites.

The 2021 NHERI Summer Institute for Early-Career Faculty will be held at the University of Texas at San Antonio.


The deadline for applying is March 3, 2021, at 11:59 pm Central Time.

Schedule of Events

User Forum Pre-Institute Event:
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Networking event

Day 1: Thursday, June 16, 2021

The NHERI Science Plan

Research grant proposal writing

NHERI network research sites

Technology Transfer Committee

Day 2: Friday, June 17, 2021

Engaging with NHERI sites

Design of current and potential research projects at NHERI sites

Inclusivity and diversity in educational and community outreach design

NHERI leadership meetings

The full schedule of the 2021 NHERI Summer Institute for Early-Career Faculty will be emailed to registrants.


During the two days, participants will have opportunities to meet with NHERI PIs, NHERI experimental site representatives, K-12 teachers, and a program director from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This creates a platform to discuss research grant proposal ideas and potential partnerships.

The grant covers travel expenses for a limited number of early-career faculty members (i.e., non-tenured professors). Associate faculty members are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to early-career faculty members. Local K-12 educators will also receive a stipend for participating. International travel will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis as travel funding allows.

Registration (Deadline Extended)

There is no fee for attending the NHERI Summer Institute for Early-Career Faculty. Everyone attending the event is asked to register to receive important information regarding this program.  Registration is now open, with a deadline of March 3, 2021.

NHERI Summer Institute 2021 Registration



Previous Years

At the Summer Institute, attendees are shown presentations about the NHERI program, the NHERI Experimental Facilities, and the processes researchers can follow to make use of NHERI resources.  These presentations are available (as PDFs) as a publication in the DesignSafe Data Depot:

Summer Institute 2019 Presentations

Summer Institute 2018 Presentations


Spread the Word About the Summer Institute

If you know a group who may be interested in participating in the 2021 Summer Institute, please share this page or the Summer Institute Flyer (PDF) with them.

Welcome to NHERI

The NHERI network is composed of institutions from all around the United States and work with many international partnerships. The Summer Institute staff from the NHERI Education and Community Outreach (ECO) office are based at the University of Texas in San Antonio, Texas.

Attending Remotely

For those unable to attend the event in person, the sessions will be streamed live over the Zoom conferencing service.  DesignSafe uses Zoom for all NHERI daily web conferencing needs.  Details will be provided here closer to the event.

Attendees can check if their computer is ready at the Zoom Test Page. The Zoom service also has apps available for users of mobile devices.

Sessions may be recorded and made available at a future date.