Funding Agency:
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund Climate and Health Interdisciplinary Award provides support for collaborative exploratory work that opens new ground for comprehensively assessing or mitigating the impacts of climate change on human health. This program will support both individual scientists and multi-investigator teams. Early career faculty and postdoctoral fellows nearing their transition to independence are especially encouraged to apply, whether individually or within teams.

Our goal is to prime new discoveries in areas that are difficult to reach through discipline-specific, silo-driven approaches. Through this program, we will provide flexible funding for conceiving and piloting work that will grow into productive and informative collaborations among researchers approaching connected questions from fields that usually do not interact.

These awards will support research and research coordination to unravel the relationships of climate change and human health. The awards are meant to stimulate development of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to problems with interconnected and potentially cumulative impacts on human health in general, and vulnerable populations, specifically. 

Climate change impacts the social determinants of health, environmental influences on health, infection biology, and more. Projects must have a significant climate-focused scholarly component: simply stating that climate change influences a chosen aspect of health is insufficient. This does not mean that projects are limited to ones demonstrating the extent to which climate impacts an aspect of health, but rather than the involvement of climate-focused thinking must be substantially greater than stating some aspect of climate change will impact health.

Stimulating and supporting interdisciplinarity beyond frequently-connected disciplines is a key element of this grant program. For example, climate insights might make predictions that biological or epidemiological work might test, or geological thinking might lead to testable predictions about biology or public health. 

Letter of Intent Deadline: Aug. 31, 2023


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Eligibility Requirements

BWF makes awards to public or private non-profit organizations in the United States and Canada, including degree-granting academic institutions, research institutes, teaching hospitals, scientific societies, and other non-profits on behalf of the principal investigator. The payee institution is responsible for disbursing funds and for maintaining adequate supporting records and receipts of expenditures. Payee institutions may budget to support collaboration with researchers in LMICs.



Amount Description

Awards will be for a total of $375,000 to be distributed over 3 years. Three rounds of grants are planned. Approximately three awards will be made in each round. 

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

August 31, 2023