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Call for Proposals-Faculty Release Time to Write External Proposals

The Cascadia Hazards Institute (CHI) requests proposals from faculty members from all colleges, departments and programs for seed funding and/or release time to prepare external proposals to initiate or further research or programmatic work in the broad fields of natural hazards.  By offering this release time, CHI seeks to encourage and foster interaction and collaboration among all disciplines in the field of natural hazards.

Examples of interdisciplinary proposals might include: natural hazards from the sociologist’s perspective (communities’ vs individual’s preparation), from an economics perspective (a priori costs of resiliency vs a posteriori costs of recovery), government and construction (should ultra-safe and very costly construction standards be legislated?).  These are just some examples of the myriad aspects of hazards research that could result in proposals submitted for external funding.

As needed, CHI is available to assist you with locating external funding sources, screening external funders to best meet your proposal or programmatic needs, contacting funders to initiate concept proposals, proposal narrative and budget review, and navigating the CWU proposal submittal process.

We strongly encourage requests for seed funding that demonstrate a focused external funding support, have additional support from their respective college, department and/or program, and are not a current recipient of CHI seed funding.  Between 1 and 3 workload units per CWU faculty member may be requested.  Requests are received on a rolling basis, and proposals are reviewed at least four times per year.

Submission instructions
To request seed funding for the preparation of external proposals (two page limit):
0 List of Principal Investigators and department affiliations, emails and phones
0 Proposal preliminary title and abstract of intended scope of activities, including its relationship to the mission and goals of CHI
0 Proposal deadline and anticipated submission date
0 Preliminary budget, including fringe benefits and indirect costs
0 URL of funding agency and funding program
0 Signatures of department chairs

Submit completed applications to Tim Melbourne, Geological Sciences, via email ( or hardcopy (MS-7418). Requests for funding will be reviewed by the CHI internal advisory committee. Questions? Contact Margaret Reich at or 963.1489.

The Cascadia Hazards Institute (CHI), a new institute hosted by the College of the Sciences, has as its mission to deliver education experiences about natural hazards, to produce and disseminate new knowledge, and to further resilience of business and government throughout Cascadia. CHI houses regional expertise in natural hazard prediction, adaptation and resilience. We deliver services in three key thematic areas -  Education | Educate the next generation of scientists, community leaders, and all citizens in hazards-related science; Research | Advance scientific understanding of fundamental processes associated with natural hazards and their interactions through research; and Inform/Policy | Lead policy development for hazards response and risk reduction in the Pacific Northwest.

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