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CSREES and NSF Announce Joint Solicitation on Disaster Resilience in Rural Communities

Media Contact: Jennifer Martin, (202) 720-8188

WASHINGTON, September 24, 2009 - USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the availability of approximately $3 million to support research needed to develop technologies, processes and systems to enhance disaster resilience and sustainability in rural communities.

Applicants can find the solicitation at

The new knowledge from this competition should be useful to government agencies, community-based organizations, non-government organizations, and businesses to:

  • enhance the effectiveness of disaster warnings and help residents evacuate in safe and reliable ways;
  • improve service delivery after disasters;
  • hasten recovery after disasters so residents may more quickly return to their homes; and
  • develop policies, processes, and systems to reduce the impacts of disasters on rural communities.

Projects should seek to advance basic research in the social, behavioral and economic sciences or in engineering to foster disaster-resilient rural communities.  Applicants must address one of the following topics in terms of the vulnerabilities and resilience of rural communities to natural hazards or accidents at facilities, such as chemical plants: (1) hazard mitigation practices of rural communities; (2) hazard preparedness and emergency response in rural communities; and (3) disaster recovery in rural communities.  This solicitation is focused on natural hazards or accidents, not terrorist activities.

Proposed project budgets must not exceed a total of $400,000 for project periods of one to three years, subject to annual appropriations. Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, national laboratories, federal research agencies, state research agencies, private sector entities, non-profit organizations or a consortium of two or more of those entities.

Funding for this solicitation from CSREES is through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, which was established in the 2008 Farm Bill to provide funding for fundamental and applied research, extension and education to address food and agricultural sciences.  Funding for this solicitation from NSF is coming from the Decision, Risk and Management Sciences Program in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate and from the Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events Program in the Engineering Directorate.

Through funding and leadership for research, education and extension programs, CSREES focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future. For more information, visit


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