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Objective 4

Address data gaps and research needs

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Communities with expertise and resources are more resilient. To address this, the HCRI provides communities and community partners with access to university resources and expertise.

We help communities identify their data gaps and research needs and connect them with research resources at Boise State and with our partners.

We offer interdisciplinary and community-engaged opportunities to advance resilience-based science while providing data and enabling direct impact in the communities we serve.

We offer community partners HCRI member profiles where they can highlight relevant efforts and projects.

We engage Boise State students in community-engaged research on real world problems, preparing them for careers.

Activities under this goal include

  1. Collaborative Research Proposals
  2. Dissemination of Research Findings to a Wide Audience
  3. Idaho State Hazards Technical Working Group

1. Collaborative Research Proposals

The HCRI brought in 1.2M in Grants and Contracts in the last two years!
These awards are supporting a Research Associate, Research Scholar, and two doctoral students.


  • NSF HBDE: Household response to wildfire – integrating behavioral science and evacuation modeling to improve community wildfire resilience ($331,257; 2023-2026)
  • NSF ART: TRANSFORM ($200,000; 2023-2025)
  • FEMA RiskMap: ($215,590; 2022-2024)
  • Boise State Resource Nexus for Sustainability ($75K; 2022-2023)
  • NSF EPSCoR Track I: I-CREWS (Co-led by Director Brand)


  • EPA Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers Program ($260,378; 2023-2026)
  • Idaho Office of Emergency Management and TetraTech Contract for a Seismic Vulnerability ($48,163; 2023)
  • City of Kamiah Resilience Assessment and Lawyer Creek Flood TWG ($15,956; 2022)
  • United Policyholder Contract: (Idaho Policy Institute and HCRI collaboration; $26,263; 2022-2023)
  • Ventura County Regional Firesafe Council Contract: ($16,076; 2022-2023
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