Natural Disaster Policy Grants

In response to the unprecedented impact of Hurricane Harvey, the Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute will award $100,000 in grants to support research on ways to reduce the impacts of natural disasters facing the Houston area. More information below.


The grants will fund research on public policies, at any level of government, that can be developed in order to lessen the public health and safety impact of disasters.

The special natural disaster policy grants are part of the TMC Health Policy Institute’s ongoing efforts to foster innovation and collaboration among TMC member institutions. By next year, it will have awarded $2 million in grant funding for public policy research through its TMC Grant Program in Collaborative Health Policy Research. The new funding will complement those existing efforts.

“We’re fortunate to have a great deal of public policy expertise here in Houston,” said Dr. Arthur “Tim” Garson, Jr., director of the TMC Health Policy Institute. “As the area rebuilds, and while issues are close at hand, we’re eager to draw on that expertise and develop ways to improve how we deal with natural disasters.”

The TMC Health Policy Institute will award two, $50,000 natural disaster policy research grants, based on the recommendation of external peer reviewers. The research must focus on federal, state, county or city policies relating to natural disasters. By a natural disaster, following Merriam-Webster, we mean a sudden and terrible event in nature (such as a hurricane, tornado, or flood) that usually results in serious damage and many deaths.

The grant-funded research should include innovative policy ideas that are supported by research and analysis, and while the policies may be applicable only to Houston, it is hoped that the framework can be applicable beyond the city. The research does not need to directly apply to the Texas Medical Center or its affiliated organizations.

The funding period for the grants is six months. The Principal Investigator (PI) must be a full-time employee of a TMC member organization, and the research team, together with the PI, must represent at least two different TMC institutions.

Principal Investigators from current TMC Health Policy Institute grants are not eligible to be Principal Investigators on the special disaster grants.

Application instructions:

The application template is available here. Please send completed application to The application deadline is December 1, 2017. Funding will be awarded to the two winning projects on January 15, 2018. No letter of intent is needed.  Funding will be through a designated gift mechanism and no indirect costs will be covered.