**Some programs are limited. Please read solicitations carefully and consult your Office of Research for specifics, such as limited applications through your university and internal application deadlines.**

The Natural Hazards Center is now accepting proposals for Tornado Ready Research and Data Publication in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Each year, an estimated 1,200 tornadoes touch down in the United States. Despite progress in communicating risk to the public, these storms can turn deadly quickly and often lead to widespread property damage, social disruption, and injuries. This call for proposals will fund a cadre of researchers who are interested in advancing research focused on improving outcomes for at-risk and socially marginalized groups in the context of tornados.

Applicants from the social, behavioral, and economic sciences can apply for one or more of the following tracks, specifically focused on settings that serve or house potentially vulnerable populations. Proposed research should be culturally relevant, ethically informed, and scientifically rigorous.

  • Track 1: Provides up to $15,000 for research that focuses on activities, perceptions, or decisions made before a tornado occurs (e.g., forecasting, risk perception, institutional decision making, preparedness, mitigation).

  • Track 2: Provides up to $15,000 for research that focuses on a specific tornado event (e.g., how forecasts and warnings were received and understood, sheltering or evacuation behavior, tornado impacts, displacement, rebuilding, or recovery). For this track, the tornado event to be studied must have occurred on or after January 1, 2023.

  • Track 3: Provides awards of either $1,250 or $2,500 for tornado research instrument and/or data publication on DesignSafe, the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure platform that provides data management and storage solutions for extreme events research. The $1,250 awards will support publication of one or more research protocols or instruments, such as surveys, interviews, focus group guides, or observation protocols. The $2,500 awards will be reserved for those who publish a dataset and associated instruments and protocols for a single tornado-related project.

Application Deadline: August 9, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. MDT