Weather Ready Research Award Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Ready Nation (WRN) initiative readies communities for extreme weather, water, and climate events. Taking advanced action to prepare people and places for extreme events can reduce the most devastating impacts from tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, and blizzards.

While NOAA is taking major steps towards building a weather ready nation, the agency cannot do this work alone. With this in mind, the Natural Hazards Center—with support from the National Science Foundation and the NOAA Weather Program Office, and in partnership with the National Severe Storms Laboratory and the National Weather Service —is issuing four special calls for proposals for social, behavioral, and economic sciences to advance the understanding of how to most effectively prepare for and communicate about extreme weather, water, and climate events. This new initiative is designed to promote knowledge while also building a diverse cadre of weather ready researchers.

Accepting Proposals Through June 1, 2024

Special Call 4: Wildfire Ready Quick Response Research and Data Publication

Special Call 3: Tornado Ready Quick Response Research

Closed Special Calls

Special Call 2: Weather Ready Research Instrument and Data Publication

Special Call 1: Weather Ready Research


Please contact Jennifer Tobin, deputy administrator of the Natural Hazards Center, at


The Weather Ready Research Award program is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF Award #1635593) through supplemental funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Program Office. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF, NOAA, or the Natural Hazards Center.