Wellcome Trust – Unlocking urgent climate action by making the health effects of climate change visible


Event details

Date 03.04.2024
Category Call for proposal

The aim of this Climate Impact Award is to make the impacts of climate change on physical and mental health visible to drive urgent climate policy action at scale. We will fund transdisciplinary teams to deliver short-term, high-impact projects that maximise policy outcomes by combining evidence generation, policy analysis, engaged research approaches and communication strategies.

Wellcome is looking for proposals with a clear theory of change and strong understanding of policy levers. Policy outcomes should be achievable within the award period, innovative in their design and should support meaningful and sustainable change. Proposals should describe the intended policy outcomes and how new insights and effective communication will influence these outcomes. Team members (co-applicants, staff, consultants) must combine researchers from different disciplines, policymakers, community stakeholder representatives and/or engagement experts. Wellcome will fund transdisciplinary teams that can demonstrate strong health as well as climate expertise (particularly climate and meteorological science).

Funding:       up to £ 2.5M

Duration:      up to 3 years

Eligibility: Eligible organisations can be higher education institutions, research institutes, non-academic healthcare organisations, not-for-profit or non-governmental organisations. The host organisation of the lead applicant can be based anywhere in the world.

Lead applicant is expected to:

  • have experience leading transdisciplinary teams and working in the science-policy-society interface.
  • have prior experience of research engaging with policy partners.
  • have knowledge brokering skills such as the ability to bring together research teams and impacted communities.
  • actively promote a diverse, inclusive and supportive environment within your team and across your organisation.

Co-applicant criteria can found be here.

How to Apply: Applications should be completer through Wellcome’s online portal. The full proposal submission requires authorization by the host institution, please do bear that in mind and notify the Research Office that you are applying well in advance of submission.

Deadline, preliminary application:       3 April 2024

Further information
  • More information about the program is available here
  • Webinar ‘Applying to the Climate Impact Awards’ on 5 February – registration
  • Webinar ‘Making the health effects of climate change visible on 12 February – registration
  • The application portal can be found here.
For any other questions, please contact the Research Office

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


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