Wellcome Trust Climate Change and Health Awards 211 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




Wellcome Trust is inviting researchers from around the world who are keen to explore the connection between people’s health and a changing climate, to apply for the Climate Change and Health Awards.

Only projects focusing on at least 1 of the following areas are eligible::

  1. Developing tools, data sources and other resources to support research into climate change and health. This includes for example: creating modelling tools to better understand the links between climate change and health; building or establishing links between datasets for climate change and health research; translating, digitising and/or updating existing research and resources; and
    producing or validating metrics to track and evaluate the links between climate change and health.
  2. Assessing the health co-benefits of actions to mitigate climate change. Examples of eligible activities include: policies that encourage walking and cycling rather than driving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and proposals that assess how existing or hypothetical climate change mitigation actions could benefit health. Mitigation actions can apply to any sector, including energy production, transportation, architecture, urban design and food systems.
  3. Assessing the health impact of actions to adapt to climate change. Wellcome Trust is especially interested in proposals that evaluate the health impacts of existing adaptations, rather than hypothetical ones.


Funding for up to £500,000 for up to 3 years will be granted. In exceptional circumstances, grants of up to £1 million may be awarded for projects that have the potential to bring about major change. Salaries of all staff, full or part-time, who will work on the grant will be covered. Visa and work permit costs for the researchers as well as their partners and dependent children will also be covered. Settled status costs will be granted if the researchers are European Union citizens living in the UK.

Other costs that will be covered are:

  • Materials and consumables needed for carrying out the research
  • Equipment purchase
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Computer equipment cost of up to £1,500 for 1 personal computer or laptop per person
  • Cost of access to shared equipment or facilities essential to the research project
  • Research management and support costs where the host organisation is in a low- or middle-income country and the grant is directly awarded to that organisation, or if the host organisation is a small charitable and not-for-profit organisation, or if part of the grant will be sub-contracted to an organisation in a low- or middle-income country. But the total research management and support costs should not be more than 20% of the direct research costs.
  • Travel and subsistence costs, including conference attendance costs of £1,000 or £2,000 per person
  • Fieldwork expenses
  • Inflation allowance
  • Publication costs and
  • Other costs such as consultancy fees and PhD student fees for postgraduate research assistants employed on the grant.


Applicants must be researchers who want to better understand the links between climate change and people’s health. They could apply as individuals or as teams of up to 10 members from anywhere in the world. Applicants must be based at an academic research organisation, or a not-for-profit or government body, or a private sector organisation.

The following types of projects are preferred:

  • Those that focus on low- and middle-income countries, where the risks of climate change are highest;
  • Those encouraging collaboration among different research disciplines; and
  • Those that yield policy-relevant evidence that can help drive change.


Applications are to be done online. The preliminary application deadline is 11 October 2018 and the full application deadline is 10 January 2019.

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