Advancing climate mitigation policy solutions with health co-benefits in G7 countries


Relevent Country: United States of America

Type of work: Research and Survey

Wellcome is pleased to announce the call for Advancing climate mitigation policy solutions with health co-benefits in G7 countries.

The award will fund collaborations between researchers and policy actors who have a clear opportunity to influence climate mitigation policies with substantial health effects. Successful applicants will generate evidence that will support policymakers in G7 countries to advance transformative health-centred changes in the food systems, transport, and energy or housing sectors.

This call is focused on G7 countries as a group of states with high levels of historical emissions and large economies.

Funding Information

  • Level of funding: up to £2 million per award
  • Duration of funding: up to 3 years
  • The Mitigation Solutions funding call provides up to a maximum of £2m per award to cover research expenses, costs of small-scale pilot interventions, costs associated with capacity strengthening, co-production and research uptake activities.
  • The award lasts for up to 3 years but may be shorter at the applicant’s discretion.
  • You should ask for a level and duration of funding that is justifiable for your proposed research. You must justify all costs within the costs section of your application.


Health outcomes

  • Changes in intermediate health-related risk factors. For example: diet, physical activity, air quality
  • Changes in health conditions. For example: birthweight, cognitive and lung development in children, non-communicable diseases, for example: obesity, heart disease, diabetes

Climate outcomes

  • Changes in greenhouse gas emissions

Wider socio-economic outcomes

  • Associated wider outcomes including socio-economic outcomes. For example: equity and social distribution, productivity, economic costs, healthcare costs, and unintended consequences
  • They are particularly interested in analyses that explore new ways of looking at the issue, for example: by focusing on outcomes in children or other under-explored groups.

Note: The above examples are illustrative only and you may wish to include others that are not listed here.

Eligibility Criteria

You can apply to this scheme if you are a transdisciplinary research team that:

  • Is from climate, health and relevant disciplines (for example: social sciences, economics, food, transport, energy or housing sectors) with the necessary skills to evaluate the effects that mitigation policy interventions to reduce emissions have on health and associated wider socioeconomic outcomes
  • Is led or co-led by an applicant that is hosted at an institution based in the G7 country where there is an identified policy opportunity. Note that if the proposal has a co-lead, this should be stated in the narrative part of the proposal but only one institution will receive the funds for onward distribution
  • Involve relevant co-applicants or collaborating partners that are central to the policy’s adoption or implementation in a process of co-production across all stages of the research project. By policy or implementation partner, they mean those who can influence policy. This includes but is not limited to policymakers from national or local government, NGOs, advocates, affected communities or the wider public, and industry
  • Promote a diverse, inclusive and supportive research environment.

Lead Applicants

At the point you submit your application, you must:

  • Be a leader in your field who can demonstrate you can drive and lead a collaborative research programme; and that you have a permanent, open-ended, or long-term rolling contract for the duration of the award
  • Have experience of leading large-scale projects
  • Be able to contribute at least 20% of your research time to this project
  • Be based at an eligible host organisation that can sign up to their grant conditions.


At the point of submitting the application, co-applicants:

  • Must be able to contribute at least 10% of their time to this project
  • Must be actively involved in delivering the proposed project and provide added value to the team, for example designing the research, writing the application, providing training, knowledge brokering or managing the programme
  • Must be based at an eligible organisation that can sign up to their grant conditions
  • Do not need to have a permanent, open-ended, or long-term rolling contract. They may be employed on another grant or ask for their salary on this application. However, their employing host organisation must guarantee space and salary support (if they can’t get it from other sources) for the period of time that the coapplicant is working on the grant
  • Can be at any career stage.