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Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits and IHEs for Projects to Reduce the Adverse Effects of Climate Change on Health

Climate Change and Human Health Seed Grant


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Geographic Focus
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/12/23 3:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $50,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations and IHEs for activities that address, and work to mitigate, the adverse effects of climate change on health. Funding is intended to support early-stage projects that connect scholars from diverse fields.

Climate Change and Human Health Seed Grants are small 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. Areas of interest include:

  • 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

Selection will be based on the logic of the proposed activity, its potential impact on stimulating development of effective partnerships that may influence understanding of the interplay between climate change and human health or model effective approaches to changing how people, systems, places, or organizations think about the impact of climate change on human health. 

Eligible proposals will include rationale/vision for the project, including who it is intended to impact. 


Additional 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.

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.

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.

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline:
- July 12, 2023 3:00 pm ET

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis through July 12, 2023. A review will be conducted quarterly. After each quarterly review, the Fund will support, decline, or send proposals back to applicants for revision, but may hold some proposals over for a future review.


Estimated Size of Grant
$2,500 - $50,000

Term of Contract
Proposed work should be completed in a single year. One no cost extension will be allowed.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For further information, please contact program officer Victoria McGovern at

Burroughs Welcome Fund
21 T.W. Alexander Drive
PO Box 13901
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-3901
(919) 991-5100

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