Population Health

Climate change pilot grants

UW researcher in the field completing a glacial surveyThe purpose of this climate change pilot grant funding call is to support faculty and PI-eligible staff to develop preliminary data or proof-of-concept needed to pursue follow-on funding to scale one’s efforts. Awards of up to $50,000 in total expenses per project are available. Applications will only be accepted from May 2023 awardees of Population Health Initiative climate change planning grants.

Update: learn about the four funded projects by reading the award announcement.

Application guidelines

The proposed project should build on the team’s planning grant work completed during summer quarter 2023. The proposed project should provide preliminary data or proof-of-concept needed to seek outside funding and support.

As with the planning grants, this application is open to faculty members and PI-eligible research scientists from all three University of Washington campuses (Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma). To encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, applications will only be accepted from project teams that consist of a minimum of two UW principal investigators (PIs), with each holding primary appointments in different and distinct academic departments. Additional PIs or co-PIs beyond this minimum are welcome and encouraged. We also strongly encourage teams to engage community-based partners as PIs and co-PIs for these pilot grants.

These pilot grants are intended to advance new interdisciplinary collaborations. To apply, a project team must include at least one individual with no previous working relationship with the other member(s) of the team. We define a prior working relationship as having: (1) appeared as co-authors together on a peer-reviewed journal article, and/or (2) appeared together on the personnel list for an extramural grant application.

Funds will be disbursed to the department of the lead UW co-investigator for day-to-day administration. Budgets must be able to accept non-discretionary gift funds. If awarded, applicants will be required to submit a mid-project written update to the Population Health Initiative detailing their progress against their project evaluation plan. A final report detailing project accomplishments and final budget reconciliation will be due within 60 calendar days following the end of the funding period.


The timeline for this funding opportunity is:

  • Application Due: October 1, 2023 (11:59 p.m. Pacific)
  • Award Notification Made: late October, 2023
  • Period of Performance: January 1 – December 31, 2024


Awards of up to $50,000 in total expenses per project are available from the Population Health Initiative. School, college and/or departmental matching funds are encouraged but not required. Matching funds can take the form of either discretionary/non-discretionary monies or in-kind support. Other sponsored research projects cannot be counted as matching funds.

Funds will be disbursed to the department of the lead UW co-investigator for day-to-day administration. Budgets must be able to accept non-discretionary gift funds. Departments that are not accustomed to working with community-based partners can seek administrative support from the Population Health Initiative.

Allowed expenses include:

  • Personnel (i.e., salaries and benefits for faculty and students as well as staff at the UW or a community-based organization)
  • Equipment, materials and supplies
  • Travel, including airfare, transportation, and per diem (lodging, meals and expenses)
  • Tuition for graduate students
  • Other direct costs related to the project (must detail the expense and include rationale)

Unallowable expenses include:

  • Indirect/overhead costs
  • Publication and patent cost
  • Office supplies
  • Administrative support
  • Hosting expenses (e.g., receptions, alcohol)
  • Marketing efforts

All allowable expenses must adhere to applicable University of Washington policies. Please engage your department’s finance contact with questions regarding such expenses. In addition, an Office of Sponsored Programs review is not needed prior to submitting an application.

Review criteria

Successful climate change pilot grant applications should:

  • Demonstrate how the proposed project will position the project team to secure preliminary data or proof-of-concept;
  • Propose a framework, methods, approach and analyses that are adequate and appropriate to the aims of the project;
  • Demonstrate how the work is innovative and feasible; and,
  • Detail an evaluation plan that clearly describes the outcome the project team is seeking and how it will be used to pursue additional funding or concept development (i.e., the measure of a successful project).

Applications are encouraged, but not required, to include the following:

  • Partial or full funding match (in funds or in kind) from the Co-PIs’ schools/colleges/departments; and,
  • Lays the foundation for a project that will take place in a community within the State of Washington, which is a priority for the Population Health Initiative.

Awards will be granted to the highest-scoring applications. Applications that include matching funds will receive priority in the event that two proposals receive the same review score.

Application format

Applications must meet the following standards:

  • Submitted as a single PDF file
  • Paper size no larger than standard letter (i.e., 8 ½” x 11”)
  • Margins of at least 0.5 inch (top, bottom, left, and right)
  • Single-spaced
  • Eleven-point font or larger using either Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman
  • We do not require a specific citation format

Each application must contain the following sections:

  • Completed cover sheet (project title, total budget, applicant names)
  • Abstract (250 word maximum)
  • Research Plan (two pages, including tables and visuals but excluding references)
  • Evaluation Plan and Timeline (one page)
  • Biographies for all investigators (limit of 250 words per investigator)
  • Budget and budget justification (one-page limit)
  • Please provide verification of matching funds if a cost share is proposed. A .pdf of an email from the individual making the commitment is sufficient.
  • Letters of support are not required but will be accepted. Limit of two.

Please contact us with any questions regarding this pilot grant program or the application process.