Population Health

March 9, 2023

April event, May call for planning grants seek to engage UW climate change researchers

UW researcher in the field completing a glacial surveyFollowing the December 2022 Sparking Climate Connections Lightning Talks hosted by the EarthLab Advisory Board of Deans, the Population Health Initiative is launching efforts to support the University of Washington research community in launching new interdisciplinary collaborations that will take on pressing climate-related challenges.

The Sparking Climate Connections Lightning Talks were a first-of-its-kind call to better envision the full picture of climate expertise at the UW. The Talks highlighted the work of more than 100 scientists representing 50 different units, many who are requesting more resources to work across disciplines on climate research.

With support from 12 deans across the university, the Population Health Initiative and EarthLab have partnered to create the two following pathways for meaningful climate collaborations and action.

Structured networking event

To spark new connections, the Population Health Initiative and EarthLab are co-hosting an Open Space-style event on April 11, 2023, to help facilitate the development of new collaborations across the UW that could be formed prior to the submission of planning grants.

Faculty members and PI-eligible research staff who attend the event will set the agenda for discussion, offering to convene discussions on possible topics or projects where collaboration is sought. The formal program will be followed by a more informal networking lunch. Details:

    Tuesday, April 11, 2023
    UW wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House
    10 a.m. – 12 p.m. program
    12 – 1 p.m. networking lunch

    RSVP is required via the following REDCap link

You do not need to attend this event to be eligible to submit a planning grant.

Funding call for planning grants

The Population Health Initiative is seeking planning grant applications from the University of Washington research community to support investigators in launching new collaborations that will take on pressing climate-related challenges. Awards of up to $10,000 each are available with a project period of no more than two months to take place during summer quarter 2023. Applications are due by May 1, 2023.

The hope is that these planning grants will lead to the pursuit of larger funding opportunities, including but not limited to internal awards from the Population Health Initiative, EarthLab, Office of Global Affairs, Urban@UW and others, as well as extramural opportunities from state, federal and foundation funders. Upon completion of their planning grant, all awardees will also be automatically qualified to apply for a special autumn 2023 funding call for climate-focused Population Health Initiative pilot grants.

Visit the Initiative’s climate change planning grant web page to learn more.


Please contact the Population Health Initiative with questions regarding the April 11 event or planning grants.