Deadline: July 31, 2023 (11:59 PM UTC)

The research grant program aims to stimulate new knowledge and exploration in priority research questions under the following topics. Research proposals should address only one or two of the research questions under one of the topics listed below. 

The Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC) is proud to announce the launch of its Small Grants Research Program focused on inclusivity and accessibility of early warning early action among last mile communities. In collaboration with the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP) and in support of the achievement of the REAP Global Targets, this program aims to enhance literature on early warning early action and contribute to the expansion of the evidence base for more inclusive and people-centered approaches.

The program intends to provide support to scholars who traditionally have limited access to funding. As a result, grants offered through this program are exclusively available to researchers from low- and middle-income countries. By doing so, we hope to support and amplify the voices of researchers from diverse backgrounds and regions.

The research grants are limited to $10,000 and must be completed by April 30, 2024. The research is expected to be original, and any form of plagiarism will result in disqualification from the grant at any stage of the process. We encourage researchers to approach their projects with creativity and innovation, enabling them to choose their preferred methods and approaches.

To learn more about the program’s terms and conditions, we invite you to explore the Frequently Asked Questions section on this page.


Applicants must be affiliated with an accredited university at the time of submission, including undergraduate, graduate, post-doctorate students, and faculty members. Teams of researchers are welcome to submit proposals, and collaboration among different institutions is highly encouraged

Identification of an experienced supervisor is required for any student research teams. The supervisor should provide guidance and oversight throughout the research process.

Applications are open to researchers from low and middle-income countries only, and their research must focus on those countries. This list of eligible countries can be found here.

Abstracts should address only one or two of the research questions under one topic provided above.

Researchers have the flexibility to conduct their research in a language of their preference. However, the final research paper must be submitted in English. If translation in English is needed, the budget proposal should include the estimated costs for translation services.

Research objectives

  1. Investigate barriers faced by last mile communities in accessing, understanding and acting upon early warnings, and explore factors that impact inclusivity of early warnings.
  2. Draw lessons and insights from the field to make early warning more inclusive and effective .
  3. Identify and map existing local solutions that enable effective early warning early action among vulnerable groups .
  4. Gather evidence of early actions taken by individuals following the receipt of a hazard alert or evacuation order and outline financial resources needed to support those actions. 

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