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Objective 7

Acquire an array of resources and funding to support a sustainable institute

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Sustainable processes help to build resilient communities and systems. The HCRI is committed to developing a sustainable funding plan for all our activities. Our funding needs fall under two categories,

  • Institute Staffing and Administration and
  • Research, Teaching, and Applied Projects.

To address these needs we developed a plan to seek funding from diverse sources including grants (internal/external) and fees for service.

Activities under this goal include

  1. Institute Support
  2. Research Grant Support
  3. Technical Project Support
  4. Contract Support
  5. Raise funding to provide seed grants to Boise State research teams

1. Institute Support

The HCRI was awarded financial support from Boise State including a $20,000 grant to support our research grant competition and $15,000 through Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) to support our Business Operations Manager (1 year, part-time).

2. Research Grant Support

A few recently awarded grants are listed here.

  • NSF Humans, Disasters, and the Built$331,257; 2023-2026)
  • NSF ART: TRANSFORM: Building Resilient Communities ($200,000; 2023-2025) – Supports HCRI doctoral student
  • NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1: Idaho Community-engaged Resilience for Energy-Water Systems (I-CREWS) (~$5M to Boise State; Co-led by HCRI Director Brand)
  • NSF CMMI – Infrastructure Management &$536,202, 2018-2023)
  • Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) Award: An air

3. Technical Project Support

A few recently awarded projects are listed here.

HCRI FEMA RiskMap Award (2022-2024) Humanizing Flood and Other Hazard Data for Use in Local Resilience Planning ($251,590; 2022-2024) – Supports HCRI doctoral student

4. Contract Support

A few recently contracted projects are listed here.

  • Idaho Office of Emergency Management and TetraTech Contract for a Seismic Vulnerability ($48,163; 2023) – Supported four faculty and eight Boise State students
  • City of Kamiah, Idaho: Resilience Assessment and Facilitation of Flood Mitigation Technical Working Group (funded through regional FEMA Hazard Mitigation grant to the City of Kamiah) ($15,956; 2021-2022)
  • Ventura County Regional Firesafe Council  Developing and evaluating wildfire place-based and evidence-based wildfire educational materials ($16,076; 2021-2022)
  • Funded HCRI and Idaho Policy Institute contract from United Policyholders Nonprofit Incorporated (2022-2023) Evaluation of United Policyholders Metrics and Data Collection (Collaborator; $26,263; 2022-2023)

5. Raise funding to provide seed grants to Boise State research teams

As an example, in 2020 we provided funding for the following projects:

  • a.   Economic Valuation of Greenbelt: Evidence from Property Values in Boise. Jayash Paudel, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
  • b.   Building Community Resilience with an Air Quality Communication Strategy Aimed at Enhancing Elder Care. Luke Montrose, Assistant Professor, School of Public and Population Health
  • c.   Resilient Landscapes and Livelihoods Through Better Conservation Planning (Pemba Island, Tanzania) Matt Clark, M.S. student in Human Environment Systems. Advisor: Vicken Hillis
  • d.   Climate change, wildfire, and adaptive watershed management in Idaho Tao Huang, M.S. student in Human Environment Systems. Advisor: Megan Cattau
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