The pace of environmental change is now greater than any other time in human history. Climate and land-use change, population growth, and urbanization are putting human and ecological systems at risk, and they are affecting critical resources that support prosperous and healthy populations.

Rapid Response grants are a key component of the institute’s mission. When events like the Covid-19 pandemic happen, its important for the research community to respond quickly. Time-sensitive sustainability research is better able to collect ephemeral data, easily lost as time goes on. The Environmental Resilience Institute enables researchers to be nimble by offering Rapid Response grants up to $15,000. They provide funds to help faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students work on issues related to the institute’s mission.

Generating preliminary results helps researchers compete for targeted external funding or to help finance sustainability-related events. Rapid Response seed funds support the research infrastructure and activity support to develop new areas of discovery. Quickly generating research products also helps get timely information into the hands of decision-makers, to help inform their ability to respond to and improve responsiveness in the future.