Research & Action Grants for Disaster Risk Reduction


The ProVention Consortium is pleased to announce that 90 projects have been selected for funding out of the 261 proposals received for this 3rd round of grants. The Programme management team would hereby like to thank all applicants for their participation and congratulate selected teams!

For this third round, projects will focus but will not be limited to the following thematic focus areas:

  • Identifying enabling factors and incentives for disaster risk reduction
  • Developing mechanisms to strengthen community resistance and resilience
  • Applying local risk analysis and risk management (especially for schools and hospitals)
  • Improving education materials and curricula
  • Promoting risk reduction in response and recovery activities
  • Engaging the private sector in disaster risk reduction (especially micro-enterprises)
  • Linking climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction efforts.


Goal and Objectives

ProVention Research and Action Grants are designed to engage enthusiastic young students and professionals in developing countries in creating innovative links between research and action in disaster risk reduction. Selected teams are invited to seek ways to cut across professional disciplines and to exchange knowledge and engage stakeholders from scientific and academic, civilian, public and private sectors. Launched in 2003 and repeated in 2005 and 2007, the Programme funds innovative projects to reduce disaster risks in developing countries proposed and implemented by Southern researchers and practitioners under 35 and guided by experimented mentors.


The Research and Action Grants for Disaster Risk Reduction was launched by the ProVention Consortium in 2003, under the name "Applied Research Grants Programme". It is administered in association with the University of Wisconsin Disaster Management Center (UWDMC) with regional partners:

Each academic centre provides oversight of the Programme, administers the grants and guides the research.

Programme timeline

  • 1st round of grants launched in December 2003, projects started in June 2003 and ended in January 2004 (grant period: 6 months)
  • Webconferences among grantees took place in April and May 2004. After a series of peer reviews, 15 projects were selected as representative of the most innovative and sustainable activities and presented at a Global Symposium for Hazard Risk Reduction at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC in July 2004.
  • 2nd round of grants launched in March 2005, projects started in September 2005 and ended in June 2006 (grant period: 9 months)
  • Webconferences and regional symposia: July - December 2006
    • Meeting of young researchers from Africa and the Middle East, Johannesburg, July 10th, 2006 (see workshop report)
    • Webconferences organised in Europe & Central Asia and in Latin America & Carribean, October 2006.
    • ProVention Consortium-ADPC Workshop, Bangkok, 6-8 December 2006
  • Round 3 timeline
    • Deadlines for proposal submission: July 25th, 2007. (Request for Proposals [word file, 0.3MB])
    • Research and Action Grants Award Announcement: October 2nd, 2007
    • Project Implementation Phase: October 15th, 2007 - July 15th, 2008 (9 months)
    • Project Dissemination Phase: July 15th - October 15th, 2008 (3 months)

Outputs & events

Grant projects

In 2003, the Programme's panel of experts selected 65 proposals from 27 countries. In 2005, 54 projects from 34 countries were successfully selected for funding. In October 2007, 90 projects from 41 countries were selected among 261 proposals received. For more information about these projects, please see

Round 1 publication

Round 2 publications