Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

EarthLab Innovation Grants Program: Letters of Intent

Posted: 12/1/2019 (Funding)

The EarthLab Innovation Grants Program seeks to invest in teams of University of Washington researchers, students and non-academic partners developing innovative solutions to pressing environmental challenges.

The program will award up to $300,000 to 4-6 projects that address pressing environmental challenges. Funding is intended to support new partnerships that are led by and with those most impacted by a particular environmental challenge, seek to co-define research priorities from multiple perspectives, and generate actionable science and knowledge (i.e., research that is usable and used). Those most impacted may refer to the people, communities, municipalities (e.g., a city planning for sea level rise), industries (e.g., agricultural industry facing increased flooding or drought), or other entities directly affected by an environmental challenge.

Pressing environmental challenges might include, for example: the effects of climate change on people and ecosystems, such as ocean acidification, increased food insecurity, and displacement due to sea level rise; environmental pollution or hazards disproportionately affecting Indigenous communities, communities of color and low-income communities; the impacts of nature and the built environment on human health; the effects of reduced biodiversity on ecosystems and human well-being; and more.

Project teams must include at least one non-academic partner (for example, a Tribe, a community-led organization, a non-governmental organization, a city, state or federal agency, or a business); a minimum of two University of Washington researchers from different disciplines; and at least one University of Washington undergraduate or graduate student or postdoc.

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Letters of Intent are due January 10, 2020 by 5pm PDT.

2020 Request for Proposals (RFP) is now open! You can view the RFP below.

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Deadline: 01/10/2020