Call Now Closed!

Our thoughts go out to people across the globe affected by COVID-19 and the ongoing challenges resulting from closures of schools, businesses, and communities. We also want to acknowledge the many health care professionals who are working to protect and care for people during this uncertain time. We know that researchers are ready to collect data to advance the understanding of this pandemic and its societal consequences.

With that in mind, the Natural Hazards Center is issuing a special call for quick response research related to coronavirus and COVID-19.

Proposals to collect perishable data will be accepted until April 1 at midnight MDT. All proposals will be evaluated simultaneously at the close of this window. Proposals of up to $3,000 will be funded. Funding notifications will be sent to all applicants no later than April 16.

There is much to be learned about the social, behavioral, and economic consequences of this event, and those lessons learned need to be integrated into current and future planning and policy making. This special call for Quick Response Research Grant proposals will focus on funding studies that examine how COVID-19 is affecting potentially vulnerable or marginalized populations, healthcare workers and other frontline responders, various organizations, and communities. Studies focused on policy responses, the economy, and other social consequences in the U.S. and globally are welcome and encouraged.

Before submitting your proposal, please read the full program guidelines. The link to submit a proposal can be found at the bottom of the page. In addition, all applicants are encouraged to complete the CONVERGE Training Modules and to review the CONVERGE Extreme Events Research Check Sheets prior to submission.

The Quick Response program is a National Science Foundation-supported initiative that provides small grants to help eligible researchers collect perishable data after a disaster. The program promotes social science and interdisciplinary innovation in disaster research. Graduate students, researchers new to the field, and interdisciplinary teams are encouraged to apply.

Please contact Jennifer Tobin at with any questions.

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.