Climate change and Human Health Seed Grants: US and Canada

Climate Change and Human Health Seed Grants (US and Canada)

Deadline: 29-Jun-22

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) is now accepting applications for Climate Change and Human Health Seed Grants to promote growth of new connections between scholars, practitioners, educators, and/or communicators working to understand, spread the word about, and mitigate the impacts of climate change on human health.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund aims to stimulate growth of new connections between scholars working in largely disconnected fields who might together change the course of climate change’s impact on human health.

They particularly but not exclusively interested in activities that build connections between basic/early biomedical scientific approaches and ecological, environmental, geological, geographic, and planetary-scale thinking, as well as with population-focused fields including epidemiology and public health, demography, economics, and urban planning.


Linking basic/early biomedical science to climate-focused thinking.
Sustainability in health care systems, health care delivery outside institutions, and biomedical research.
Health impacts and health systems impacts of extreme weather events and other crises.
Outreach, communication, and education around climate and human health.
Funding Information

They will dedicate $1M to supporting small, earlystage grants of $2,500 – $50,000 toward achieving this goal.
Eligible Funding

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Awards are made to non-profit organizations including degree-granting institutions in the U.S. or Canada. The institutions are responsible for disbursing the funds and for maintaining adequate supporting records and receipts of expenditures. Indirect costs may not be charged against BWF grants.
Salaries of support personnel and materials appropriate to administering the work should be included as direct costs. Reasonable and justified consultant costs may be included in the budget. Benefits are direct costs.
Institutions must provide an annual progress and financial report. Any unused funds (greater than $500) held by institutions when awards expire or are terminated must be returned to BWF, unless BWF has granted prior permission to retain the remainder. Proposed work should be completed in a single year. One no cost extension will be allowed.
Scientific publications or presentations that result from these awards must acknowledge the institution’s receipt of a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Climate Change and Human Health Award. Copies of journal articles, white papers, essays, and other publications supported by the grant, as well as news articles and other publications stimulated by the project should be sent to BWF as part of the annual progress report.
BWF will not retain any rights to published results or patents that result from the supported work. Awardees should follow their institutions’ patent, copyright, and intellectual property policies regarding discoveries that result from research conducted under these awards. BWF expects the appropriate federal, state, and local guidelines with regard to scientific and personal misconduct are in place and enforced at BWF-supported institutions.
Eligibility Criteria

Applications must be submitted by non-profit organizations or degree granting institutions in the United States or Canada. Applicant organizations may submit multiple proposals, but an individual may only serve as a principal investigator/project director on one application during each review period.
This call focuses on developing partnerships. Proposals from single institutions must develop partnerships that do not already occur naturally: for example, proposals from departments that draw students from the same shared graduate program are not responsive to this call. Proposals from more than one institution are responsive.
Academic institutions, professional societies, and advocacy organizations are only a few of the appropriate drivers of proposals. Only non-profit institutions may be supported by BWF’s award, but non-profits may involve for profit organizations in their proposals. This program does not support biomedical research projects proposed by individual investigators.
Eligible proposals will include rationale/vision for the project, including who it is intended to impact.
Individuals may only serve twice as directors (principal investigators/project directors) for proposals supported over time by this program. Awardees and past awardees from other BWF programs are eligible to apply.
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