The Natural Hazards Center is excited to announce that we’ve awarded nearly 20 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 healthcare workers, people with developmental disabilities, college students, and parents with young children out of school. Topics include food insecurity in the United States and China, energy injustice, and economic resilience.

The call for COVID-19 proposals resulted in nearly 60 highly competitive and compelling proposal submissions. The following eighteen proposals were selected:

Enhancing Our Healthcare Heroes’ Overall Well-Being: Balancing Patient Health, Personal Risk, and Family Responsibilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Rachel Adams, University of Colorado Boulder
Haorui Wu, Dalhousie University

Social Ties, Quarantine Policy, and the Spread of COVID-19
Daniel Aldrich, Northeastern University
Courtney Page-Tan, Embry-Riddle University
Juheon Lee, Midwestern State University
Time Fraser, Northeastern University
Summer Marion, Northeastern University

Does the Public Ignore Information from Female Governors Tackling the COVID-19 Pandemic?: A Survey Experiment of Gender Differences in Public Risk Perception and Risk Protection Behavior
Sebawit Bishu, University of Colorado Denver

Resilience of Social Capital Networks to Social Distancing: Multiscale Evolution of Physical and Virtual Support Networks
Elisa Borowski, Northwestern University
Amanda Stathopoulos, Northwestern University

Family Farm Resilience and Challenges Under COVID-19 Containment Measures in North Carolina
Sara Brune, North Carolina State University
Olivia Vila, North Carolina State University
Danielle Lawson, North Carolina State University
Whitney Knollenberg, North Carolina State University

Health and Social Consequences of Food Environment Disruption Due to COVID-19
Laura Clay, New York University
Britta Heath, D’Youville College

Feeding Families in COVID-19-Quarantined Wuhan: Intersectional Adaptations to a Disaster
Jane Henrici, George Washington University
Aojie Ju, George Washington University

College Students and the COVID-19 Crisis: Evaluating Psychological Impacts and the Formation of Purpose and Meaning During a Disaster
Betty Lai, Boston College
Belle Liang, Boston College

Gauging Economic Resilience at the Epicenter of a Pandemic: The Impact of NYC’s COVID-19 Response on Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses in Select Commercial Districts
Vanessa Leon, New York University

Energy Justice and Coronavirus Vulnerability: Identifying Risk, Household Needs, and Policies for Mitigating COVID-19 Stress on Energy Security in the United States
Adam Mayer, Colorado State University
Stacia Ryder, Colorado State University
Jen Dickie, University of Stirling

Exploring the Experiences of University Students Evicted from On-Campus Housing During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An International Comparison
Marla Perez-Lugo, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
Cecilio Ortiz-Garcia, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
Haorui Wu, Dalhousie University
Frances Gonzalez, RISE
Adriana Castillo, RISE

Dynamic Risk Perception and Behavior in Response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID 19)
Hua Qin, University of Missouri-Columbia
Christine Sanders, University of Missouri-Columbia
Yanu Prasetyo, University of Missouri-Columbia

Gendered Experiences of the Coronavirus Pandemic
Rachel Rinaldo, University of Colorado Boulder

Asian American and Pacific Islander Businesses and Workers During COVID-19: Recovery, Resilience, and Loss
Vivian Shaw, Harvard University
Jason Beckfield, Harvard University
Cynthia Wang, California State University, Los Angeles
Mu Wu, California State University, Los Angeles

Exploring the Effects of COVID-19 on Quality of Life of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Direct Support Professionals
Erin Vinoski Thomas, Georgia State University

Trajectories of Psychological Functioning and Pandemic Preparedness for Students Quarantined During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Marcela Weber, The University of Mississippi
Jeffery Pavlacic, The University of Mississippi
Victoria Torres, The University of Mississippi
Stefan Schulenberg, The University of Mississippi
Erin Buchanan, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Invisible Variables: Personal Security Among Vulnerable Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Danielle Wood, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Katlyn Turner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Parental Stress and Young Children’s Development During Self-Isolation
Chenyi Zhang, Georgia State University
Wei Qiu, Weber State University

Natural Hazards Center Deputy Administrator Jennifer Tobin, who oversees the Quick Response program, noted that the recently funded COVID-19 proposals will help fill gaps in public health and social sciences research.

“There is much to be learned about the social, behavioral, and economic consequences of this event,” Tobin said. “This important research will have far-reaching implications for both policy and practice.”

More information, including a brief abstract of the projects, can be found on the program’s Recently Funded page. For questions or more information, please contact Jennifer Tobin at

Quick Response Research Reports are based upon work 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.