Quick Response Grant Program Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is eligible for the Quick Response Grant Program?
Academic researchers who are affiliated with a university are eligible to apply. The principal investigator must be from a U.S.-based institution. Collaborators from outside the U.S. are welcome, especially in the case of research that involves international fieldwork.

2. Can graduate students apply?
Graduate students and early-career researchers are encouraged to apply.

3. What is the difference between an individual and a collaborative grant?
An individual grant is awarded to one researcher or a small team of researchers in the same or similar disciplines who are asking research questions that are relevant to one focused area of study. A collaborative grant is awarded to a team of researchers, from more than one discipline, who are working together to investigate a variety of research questions that are boundary spanning. Successful collaborative grants must provide evidence that the team is leveraging resources and assets to conduct a broader scale or more in-depth investigation following disaster.

4. What is the maximum grant amount?
A maximum of $5,000 is available for a collaborative grant. A maximum of $2,500 is available for an individual grant, although in most instances, the award amount is closer to $2,000.

5. What does the program fund?
The program funds research to collect perishable data in the aftermath of disaster. Often, budgets include line items to support travel costs associated with fieldwork and data collection. This includes, but is not limited to, lodging, transportation, meals, and research materials. Data collection costs that do not include fieldwork will be considered on a case by case basis.

6. Are locally affected researchers - who may not need travel funding - eligible?
Yes, we strongly encourage local researchers to apply for funding. We will consider non-travel related expenses associated with data collection or for the purchase of research materials.

7. Will the Quick Response Grant Program cover costs associated with data collection or data analysis for social media or web-based studies?
The purpose of the Quick Response Grant Program is to support the collection of perishable data in the aftermath of disaster. If the applicant is able to make the case that the data is indeed perishable, we will consider these applications on a case-by-case basis.

8. If my proposal is accepted, when will I receive the funds?
The Quick Response Grant Program is designed to reimburse expenses incurred during the data collection process. Researchers submit receipts for reimbursement following the successful submission of a Quick Response Report to the Natural Hazards Center. Researchers who do not submit a report or submit a report that does not meet the grant requirements will not be reimbursed.

9. When can I begin collecting data?
Researchers may not begin collecting data until 1) their proposal has been formally approved through the receipt of an activation letter from the Natural Hazards Center, 2) agreement letters have been signed and submitted by all collaborators, and 3) Institutional Review Board approval or exemption letters have been processed. We are unable to reimburse expenses incurred prior to formal activation.

10. Do I have to be a social scientist to receive funding?
The Quick Response Program has a long history of supporting social and behavioral science in the aftermath of disaster. While you do not have to be a social scientist to apply for funding, the program prioritizes research that examines social, behavioral, cultural, political, geographical, psychological, and organizational phenomena. The research should promote new knowledge and perspectives by filling gaps in the hazards and disaster literature, be theory-driven, and use widely recognized, scientific methods.

11. Do I have to be a member of SSEER to apply? .
No, you do not have to be a member of the Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER) network to apply for a Quick Response Grant. However, we do strongly encourage all social scientists to join SSEER so we can better identify and connect social science researchers to one another, to interdisciplinary teams, and to communities at risk to and affected by hazards and disasters.

12. How I can get updates, notifications about calls for proposals, and more information about the Quick Response Grant Program?
For future updates and information, please subscribe to our Quick Response Grant Program and other Center announcements here.