Pic Description Devastation in Paradise, California, from the Camp Fire which burned through most of the town, destroying thousands of structures since it began Novermber 8. ©California National Guard, 2018.

The Natural Hazards Center team acknowledges the significant damage and suffering as a result of the multiple wildfires in California. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by these devastating events and we offer so much gratitude to the first responders and fellow survivors risking their lives to protect others.

The magnitude of these fires are unprecedented in California history. Such record-shattering wildfires draw attention to the rising risks for those living in arid Western landscapes. In an effort to learn and bring knowledge to action, we are issuing a special call for Quick Response Grant Program proposals. The Quick Response program is a National Science Foundation-supported program that provides small grants to help eligible researchers travel to disaster-stricken areas to collect perishable data. The program promotes social science and interdisciplinary innovation in disaster research and prioritizes novel areas of study that require the collection of ephemeral data. Graduate students and researchers new to the field are encouraged to apply.

From November 19 to December 3, we will accept proposals to collect data related to the California Wildfires. All proposals will be evaluated simultaneously at the close of this window. Notification of funding decisions will be made starting December 21, 2018.

Before submitting your proposal, please read the full program guidelines, which have recently been updated. The link to submit a proposal can be found at the bottom of the page. Please contact Jennifer Tobin at Jennifer.L.Tobin@Colorado.edu with any questions.