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The Natural Hazards Center is excited to announce that we’ve awarded 15 new Quick Response grants to address the many widespread and varying impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. The Quick Response program, which is supported by the National Science Foundation, provides small awards to researchers to collect perishable data during extreme events.

The most recent special call for COVID-19 Quick Response research will fund work that focuses on public healthcare workers, college students, Asian Americans, and young children. Topics include food insecurity in the United States, eviction trends, mental health, and compound and cascading disasters.

The call for COVID-19 proposals resulted in nearly 45 highly competitive and compelling proposal submissions. The following 15 proposals were selected:

COVID-19 and Asian Americans: Vulnerability and Resiliency
Angela Chen, Arizona State University
Wei Li, Arizona State University
Karen Leong, Arizona State University
SeungYong Han, Arizona State University

College Persistence During a Pandemic: Supporting First-Generation College Students to Graduation
Cassandra Davis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Harriet Hartman, Rowan University
Dara Mendez, University of Pittsburgh
Jason Mendez, University of Pittsburgh
Terri Norton, Bucknell University
Julie Sexton, University of Colorado Boulder
Milanika Turner, Florida A&M University

Children and Older Adults in COVID-19
Alice Fothergill, University of Vermont
Christine Gibb, University of Ottawa
Nnenia Campbell, University of Colorado
Gabriella Meltzer, New York University

Imagining and Building Post-COVID-19 Futures: Tourism, Conservation, and Dryland Communities in Africa
Mara Goldman, University of Colorado Boulder
Joana Roque de Pinho, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
Angela Kronenburg Garcia, Ancient World University of Padua Italy
Jona Heita, University of Namibia
Eduard Gargallo, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa

Examining Eviction Trends in Nebraska During COVID-19
Pierce Greenberg, Creighton University
Erin Feichtinger, Together Inc.
Danni Smith, Together Inc.
Emily Burke, Creighton University

Mental Health Impacts of the COVID-19 Response on the Public Health Workforce in the United States
Jennifer Horney, University of Delaware
Kristina Kintziger, University of Tennessee
Kahler Stone, Middle Tennessee State University
Meredith Jagger, Unaffilated
Sarah Scales, University of Delaware**

The Impacts of COVID-19 on Gender Relations in the Context of Successive Disasters: The Case of Coastal Ecuador
Maja Jeranko, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Social Media Interventions Against COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation: Focusing on Rural Populations
Jiyoung Lee, University of Alabama
Kimberly Bissell, University of Alabama

Workplace Safety and Mental Health Distress During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Brian Mayer, University of Arizona

Diabetes, Food Insecurity, and Mental Distress During COVID-19: Applying Syndemic Theory to Biosocial Interactions and Outcomes in New Mexico Colonias
Kathryn Olszowy, New Mexico State University
Mary Alice Scott, New Mexico State University

Second Wave Study: The Role of Civic Networks and Information Sources During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Changing Political and Economic Landscapes
Courtney Page-Tan, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Daniel Aldrich, Northeastern University
Summer Marion, Northeastern University
Chelsea LeNoble, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Allison Kwesell, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Asian Immigrant and Asian American Families During COVID-19
Vivian Shaw, Harvard University
Susanna Park, Oregon State University
Kara Takasaki, University of Texas at Austin
Amy Zhang, University of Texas at Austin

¡Estamos Bien, Puerto Rico!: Compounding Disasters and Young Adults in Puerto Rico
Mellie Torres, New York University
Catherine Garcia, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Anna Hayward, Stony Brook University
Gabriella Meltzer, New York University
Tatiana Elisa Bustos, Michigan State University
Alejandro Silva Diaz, Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción

Developing a Culturally Relevant Metric of Food Insecurity for Native Americans in Western New York: A Pilot with the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
Marlene Wakefield, D'Youville College
Lauren Clay, D'Youville College

Surviving COVID-19: Risk Factors and Risk Perception in Black Communities
Fengxiu Zhang, George Mason University
John Marvel, George Mason University

More information, including a brief abstract for each of the projects, can be found on the program’s Recently Funded page.

For questions or more information, please contact Jennifer Tobin, Deputy Administrator of the Natural Hazards Center, at

The Quick Response Research Award Program is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF Award #1635593). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF or the Natural Hazards Center.