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Grants for Climate Innovation: Climate Impacts Awards

The aim of the Climate Impacts Awards is to make the impacts of climate change on physical and mental health visible to drive urgent climate policy action at scale. We will fund transdisciplinary teams to deliver short-term, high-impact projects that maximize policy outcomes by combining evidence generation, policy analysis, engaged research approaches and communication strategies.

In 2023, Wellcome launched the Climate Impacts Awards and funded 11 innovative global projects.

In 2024, they will fund projects that generate context-specific evidence using community knowledge and experiences to deliver actionable policy outcomes that can be scaled to multiple settings. They will prioritize funding for research that involves and serves the needs of communities most impacted by the health effects of climate change, and advances stories and narratives that tend to be absent in the media or underrepresented in public discourse (Perga et al, 2023). This will include generating and/or synthesizing relevant data and insights (preferably across multiple sites or countries) on significant health issues arising from climate impacts.

The Climate Impacts Awards are looking for proposals with a clear theory of change and strong understanding of policy levers. Policy outcomes should be achievable within the award period, innovative in their design and should support meaningful and sustainable change. Proposals should describe the intended policy outcomes and how new insights and effective communication will influence these outcomes.

Teams must have prior demonstrable success in work that combines science, policy and society (Serrao-Neumann, et al 2021). We use the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) definition of transdisciplinary research. Transdisciplinary research combines knowledge from different scientific disciplines, citizens, public and private sector stakeholders to address complex societal challenges. By engaging key stakeholders from the outset and embedding different expertise in the research design, we expect that teams will use evidence and impactful narratives on the effects of climate change on health to drive urgent policy change that supports collaborative solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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For more information about eligibility and proposals, follow the link here. The deadline for 2024 submissions is April 3, 2024, and applications can be started by scrolling to the bottom of this page

Latest update: 17.01.2024