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The First Responder Institute awards grants to doctoral students conducting original dissertation research relevant to the nation's public safety and military personnel. These grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. We judge proposals based on their scientific merit, including the theoretical importance of the research question and the appropriateness of the proposed data and methodology to be used in addressing the question. You can support our current programs with your tax-deductible donation to the First Responder Institute here:

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First Responder Institute Fellowship Program

The First Responder Institute awards grants to doctoral students conducting original dissertation research relevant to the nation's public safety and military personnel. These grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. We judge proposals based on their scientific merit, including the theoretical importance of the research question and the appropriateness of the proposed data and methodology to be used in addressing the question.

GlaxoSmithKline GlaxoSmithKline Matching Grant Program

GlaxoSmithKline contributed $750,000 (10ยข for every bottle of TUMS sold to a max of $250K for each of three years) to First Responder Institute in support of firefighters through an end-cap, free-standing insert (FSI) into a national Sunday newspaper. The funding was distributed, typically in amounts ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, to "needy fire departments" as a matching grant program.

Paul Davis Restoration Hurricane Katrina Relief Program

Hurricane Katrina was the the costliest natural disaster in the history of the United States. The storm is ranked as the third most intense United States landfalling tropical cyclone behind the 1935 Labor Day hurricane and Hurricane Camille in 1969. At least 1,833 people died as a result of the hurricane and floods that followed. Total property damage was estimated at over $100 billion dollars. The First Responder Institute, working in conjunction with Paul Davis Restoration (no relation) quickly raised over $50,000 for relief and restoration efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

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