Special Call for Research in FEMA Region 8


This special call is made possible with the support of the FEMA Region 8 and the National Science Foundation.

FEMA Region 8 Special Call is now closed. See here for a list of award recipients.

Award Details At-A-Glance

  • Available funds will support up to 10 awards in the amount of $4,000 each.
  • Proposals for this special call will be accepted on an open rolling basis beginning October 28, 2022 through 5:00 p.m. MT on Friday, February 3, 2023.
  • A 20-page, double-spaced report summarizing project activities, findings, and actionable recommendations for FEMA Region 8 emergency managers is due within six months of award activation.
  • Reports will be edited by the Natural Hazards Center team and, upon acceptance, published as part of the QR report series.

Key Research Considerations

  • Research will be prioritized that expands understanding of the human and social dimensions of hazards and disasters in FEMA Region 8 (and beyond).
  • Proposals should have a clear and feasible timeline that includes plans for data collection, analysis, and report writing.
  • Proposals should include a statement describing how the expected outcomes can be used as actionable guidance for emergency managers in FEMA Region 8.
  • Proposals will be accepted that focus on preparedness for natural hazards as well as recent (last 3 years) and future (unfolding in the next 3 months) disasters.

Areas of Interest for FEMA Region 8

Areas of research interest in Region 8 include, but are not limited to:

  • Individual, household, and community preparedness.
  • Human dimensions of climate change.
  • Past, present, of future Region 8 hazards and disasters, such as: floods, wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes, drought, heat, etc.
  • Equity considerations especially as related to emergency management policies and procedures (distribution of resources, time to aid allocation, etc.).
  • Research focused on advising state, local, and tribal emergency managers.
  • Other gaps in hazards and disaster knowledge as defined by the research community.


Please contact Jennifer Tobin at haz.research.awards@colorado.edu.

The Quick Response Research Award Program is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF Award #1635593), with supplemental funding to the Natural Hazards Center from FEMA Region 8. 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, FEMA, or the Natural Hazards Center.