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Americans live in the most severely weather-prone country on earth. Taking advanced action to prepare people and places for extreme weather can reduce the most devastating impacts from tornados, hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, and blizzards.

With this in mind, the Natural Hazards Center will offer 10 to 20 awards to contribute to our understanding of how to prepare for and communicate extreme weather, water, and climate events. Awards will range from $2,500 to $7,500 each. Successful applicants in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences will submit proposals with clear implications for understanding and improving weather communication in the United States and beyond.

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. MST on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. All proposals will be evaluated simultaneously after the submission deadline. Funding notifications will be sent to all applicants no later than January 15, 2021.

Before submitting your proposal, please read the full special call and program guidelines. This page includes additional information about how to submit a proposal, deadlines and deliverables, and how the funding will be distributed.

This special call will support quick response research to identify how members of a diverse public—including National Weather Service stakeholders—receive, interpret, and respond to warnings and forecasts of high impact weather events and how to best communicate such events. Research proposals that focus on a range of extreme weather, as well as near-miss events where significant lessons can be learned, are encouraged. Successful proposals must have clear implications for understanding and improving weather communication in the United States and beyond. To that end, award recipients must include a plan to return results to relevant stakeholders.

The need for weather ready research that is culturally relevant, ethically informed, and scientifically rigorous has led the Natural Hazards Center—with support from the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Weather Program Office—to issue this special call for proposals in partnership with the National Severe Storms Laboratory and the National Weather Service. This new initiative is designed to advance knowledge while also building a diverse cadre of weather-ready researchers.


Please contact Jennifer Tobin, deputy administrator of the Natural Hazards Center, at with any questions.


The Quick Response Research Award Program is a National Science Foundation supported initiative that provides fellowship awards to help eligible researchers collect perishable data after a disaster (NSF Award #1635593). This Special Call for Weather-Ready Quick Response Research is made possible through supplemental funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Program Office. 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, NOAA, or Natural Hazards Center.