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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Hurricane Sandy Research Grants

Following disasters like Hurricane Sandy, communities face many questions about how to best recover and rebuild. In many cases, there is not a strong evidence-base for them to draw upon. The goal of Science Preparedness is to provide a framework for conducting scientific research before, during, and after a disaster to better understand how to build more resilient communities and improve our preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.

Under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, HHS secured a portion of recovery funds specifically for research. ASPR, CDC, and NIEHS collectively awarded over $20 Million to fund 31 initial grants for Hurricane Sandy recovery research and training projects, and an additional 13 awards to enhance collaboration among grantees and their partners.

This research builds a much-needed evidence base to support the difficult decisions communities make about recovery and future preparedness. While work is continuing on the 13 additional awards, the completed projects have contributed to our knowledge of disaster recovery, provided valuable tools and resources, and have demonstrated that research should be an intrinsic component in each disaster recovery effort.

Modeling Community Resilience
Recovery Worker Safety Working with City and Local Hea
Health System Response and Health Care Access
Mental health outcomes Recovery Work and Resilience in Volunteers and Citizens
Reducing morbidity and mortality

• Training, Mold Mitigation, and the Health Impacts of Flooding Vulnerable Populations Impacted by Hurricane Sandy


About the Hurricane Sandy Research Grants


  • This page last reviewed: December 21, 2017