Climate Change and Human Health: Seed Grants

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) 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. Over the next two years, $1M is dedicated to support small, early-stage grants of US$2,500 - US$50,000 toward achieving this goal.


  • 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.
  • 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.


Project budgets should be between US$2,500 and US$50,000. Indirect costs are not allowed. 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.



Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis through August 30, 2023. Applicant (not ORS) submits the proposal to the agency. SFU Signature Sheet and full proposal due to no later than 3 business days prior to the deadline.

Please contact if you have any questions and to obtain necessary documentation/information needed for the proposal submission. 


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