NHERI Summer Institute

NHERI Summer Institute for Early-Career Faculty

2022 NHERI Summer Institute Cohort held at the University of Texas at San Antonio.


Thank you for your interest in NHERI. The application to attend the 2023 NHERI Summer Institute will open in October.

Program Information  

Hands-on natural hazards proposal writing experience. The NHERI Summer Institute is a free event for early-career faculty, NHERI Graduate Student Council K-12 educators from the San Antonio area, engineers, and researchers to learn more about the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) community. During the three-day Institute ( click here for 2022 NHERI Summer Institute Itinerary ), participants will have opportunities to meet with NHERI site representatives, K-12 teachers, NSF CAREER Awardees, and a program director from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This creates a platform to discuss research grant proposal ideas and potential partnerships.

The NHERI Summer Institute will be held in person at the University of Texas at San Antonio's (UTSA) Downtown Campus June 20-22, 2022. Participants will learn about:

  • The NHERI program mission
  • NHERI network site capabilities
  • NHERI network resource requests
  • The NHERI Science Plan
  • NSF Grant proposal writing
  • Broader educational impacts of research
  • Outreach focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Community networking and mentoring
  • K-12 Educator Training (for K-12 educators)

The Summer Institute will host representatives from the 10 universities and 11 NHERI sites. Selected in-person attendees will meet with representatives and learn about:

Representatives from the NHERI Network Communication Office, NHERI Science Plan, NHERI Technology Transfer Committee, User Forum, and the NHERI NSF Program Director will also be on hand to host workshops and guide your group’s mock proposal development.


Both virtual and in-person attendees must be early-career faculty, NHERI Graduate Student Council members, K-12 teachers in the San Antonio area, or industry researchers that are interested in natural hazards, the NHERI network and its resources, as well as proposal planning.

Applicants applying for the NSF travel award must be citizens, permanent residents, or visa holders who attend or work at institutions in the continental U.S.

We encourage participants interested in multi-disciplinary research and collaboration between experimental sites to apply as well as under-represented minorities, women, and veterans.

Application & Registration  

There are two ways to attend the NHERI Summer Institute:

  1. Apply to attend in person.
  2. Register to watch online.

Apply — You may apply for one of 25 NSF Travel Awards to attend the event in-person at the University of Texas at San Antonio, June 20-22, 2022. The application for this award opens October 18, 2021, and closes February 11, 2022. This year NHERI will accept 20 early-career faculty or natural hazard researchers and 5 graduate students selected from the NHERI Graduate Student Council to receive the NSF Travel Award from those who apply.

We encourage early-career professionals and faculty, established industry professionals and faculty, and graduate students to apply to attend the event in person. In-person attendees will receive a flat stipend to cover travel, accommodations, food, parking, etc. More importantly, in-person attendees will work with other like-minded individuals, an NSF Program Director, a variety of NHERI representatives, and K-12 educators to develop a mock proposal.

Unlike other in-person attendees, 10 K-12 educator applicants will be selected from the surrounding San Antonio area. Educators should apply to attend in person but will receive a flat stipend and not a travel award due to their proximity. Educators will attend the last two days of the Institute, receive training, and mentor early-career faculty, graduate students, and researchers in developing age-appropriate science and engineering lesson plans.

In-Person Applications Now Closed

Register — You may also register to watch the NHERI Summer Institute online by completing the registration process between October 18, 2021, and June 1, 2022. The free event will be streamed online for registered participants.



Click the boxes below to check out presentations from previous NHERI Summer Institutes.

Contact Us  

The Education and Community Outreach (ECO) and the ECO Committee develop and host the NHERI Summer Institute. If you have questions about the NHERI Summer Institute or the application/registration process, please email us at reu-request@designsafe-ci.org. We will be happy to help!