Single investigators and teams are eligible

The global response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has resulted in far-reaching and profound changes to society that are impacting human well-being and environmental health in complex ways. The UVa Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) is soliciting creative research proposals from the UVA community to perform time-sensitive research exploring the ways in which currently unfolding changes to human-environmental interactions could inform longer term efforts to understand environmental sustainability and resilience. Of particular interest are research projects that will collect novel datasets regarding ongoing activities and their consequences as reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic unfold and then recede and that would help us understand, forecast, and manage disruptions to socio-environmental systems. Research projects that focus on understanding ways in which we move beyond the crisis are of particular interest.

Rapid Response Awards

Rapid Response grants will be funded up to $15,000. ERI will provide funds for specific and time-sensitive opportunities to help faculty, postdoctoral fellow, and students conduct studies that do not require being in the laboratory or travel. Awardees will have access to the Institute’s communication and outreach efforts to translate research findings broadly to stakeholder groups. We will also work with PIs who desire to submit their RAPID proposals to NSF for additional resources.

Eligibility and Selection Process

All full-time, PI-eligible faculty can apply. Proposals can be submitted from single or multiple investigators. Proposals will be reviewed by faculty selected from ERI’s Steering Committee with recommendations for funding made to the Institute Director approximately one week from the submission deadline.

Proposal evaluation criteria

Demonstrates alignment with the institute’s mission and has potential to advance resilience and/or sustainability research at UVA Likelihood that the proposed activity will lead to additional seed grant proposals and/or successful external funding;


Successful Rapid Response grant will be expected to: Write a short summary on their funded activity geared towards a general audience. This will be shared on the ERI website. Prepare a presentation for the Environmental Futures Forum or Graduate Research Forum based on funded award

Instructions for Submitting an Application

Proposals are limited to two pages (excluding references and CVs) and should include the following:

  • Project Title
  • Description of the research activities and timeline.
  • Plans for applying for external funding.
  • Budget and brief justification. Funds can support expenses for equipment, materials and computer time, graduate or undergraduate student stipends, tools to enable virtual stakeholder collaborations.
  • Provide brief biographies of participating researchers with contact information included

Proposal deadline: 5pm April 17, 2020

Please submit proposals as a single PDF document

ERI Contact

Please contact the ERI Program Manager, Jonah Fogel ( with questions or concerns.