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NIH Disaster Research Response Project (DR2)

Please see the new Web site, NIH Disaster Research Response (DR2).

About the Project

"The knowledge that is generated through well‐designed, effectively executed research in anticipation of, in the midst of, and after an emergency is critical to our future capacity to better achieve the overarching goals of preparedness and response: preventing injury, illness, disability, and death and supporting recovery."
Lurie N, Manolio T, Patterson AP, Collins F, Frieden T. Research as a Part of Public Health Emergency Response. New England Journal of Medicine. 2013 Mar 28;368:1251-1255. Available from:

The National Institutes of Health's (NIH) commitment to disaster resilience has been the foundation for more than three decades of research. Multiple NIH Institutes, Centers and grantees conduct research focusing on disaster preparedness, response and recovery issues. These efforts have contributed to a deeper understanding of disaster risks and recovery and act to provide critical information when disasters strike.

In response to recent disasters and the research conducted in their wake, NIH has committed to fund the NIH Disaster Research Response Project. This pilot project, developed by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in collaboration with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), aims to create a disaster research system consisting of coordinated environmental health disaster research data collection tools and a network of trained research responders. Elements of the system include epidemiologic questionnaires and clinical protocols, specially trained disaster researchers, environmental health disaster research networks, a reach‐back roster of subject matter experts, and a support infrastructure that can be activated and deployed during public health emergencies and declared disasters. NIEHS will build on its extensive program capabilities, research networks, and field experience in leading this pilot. NLM is providing access to data collection tools for rapid response clinical and epidemiologic research related to disasters and is hosting a Web site for the Project.

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