Notice to Highlight Current NIH Funding Opportunities that Promote Research on the Human Health Effects of Climate Change

Notice Number: NOT-TW-10-008

Key Dates
Release Date:  June 24, 2010

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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) (
National Cancer Institute (NCI) (
National Library of Medicine (NLM) (
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (
National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) (
National Institute on Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) (
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) (
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) (


Global climate change is one of the most pressing problems of this century and has potentially broad and significant implications for human health (IPCC 2007; US CCSP 2008; IOM 2008).  However, there exists enormous uncertainty regarding the nature and scale of these potential implications for human health.  Understanding these risks and vulnerabilities at the individual, population and national scales is an important research opportunity, and several parts of the U.S. Government are beginning to focus research activities to support and prioritize activities that facilitate development of climate mitigation and societal adaptation strategies. Recognizing the need to address climate change, the Trans-NIH Working Group on Climate Change and Health held a workshop at the NIH campus in December 2009 to identify research priorities and gaps, to devise methods for enhanced collaboration within the NIH and with other federal agencies in this area, and to review the NIH portfolio of projects directly or indirectly related to climate change. 

Analysis of funded research and training activities in 2008 utilized the NIH Research, Condition, and Disease Classification (RCDC) system coupled with review and categorization by staff experts in different disease areas.  Projects that were considered to be relevant to climate and health research generally fell into three categories:
1. Health impact or interventions directly related to climate projections and studies of health impacts of inter-annual variability in environmental factors;
2. Effects of climate parameters (e.g., temperature, humidity, rainfall, precipitation, weather, carbon dioxide, ultraviolet light) on biological systems, diseases, and/or public health; and
3. Studies of diseases, biological systems, and public health needs that are very likely to be affected by climate, but in which climate effectors are not explicitly addressed, measured, or estimated
Approximately 85 research projects funded in 2008 were considered to be in the most directly relevant categories (numbers 1 and 2 above), with several hundred additional projects in the third category.
In 2009, the Recovery Act NIH Challenge (RC1) grants competition led to five awards oriented toward predictive modeling of health effects from climate change

Purpose of this Notice

One outcome of the meeting and portfolio analysis described above was the decision to communicate to the NIH community the interest of the Working Group on Climate Change and Human Health in supporting high quality science that advances our understanding of the potential health implications of climate change.  

Here we draw attention to two kinds of existing NIH funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) that investigators might use to obtain support for climate change and health research. The first option is to submit an application to the list of active NIH programs that are linked to those projects that fit into the categories 1 and 2 of the portfolio analysis or are directly relevant in other ways.  The second option is to consider announcements that are not specifically climate focused but may relate indirectly.  Relevant tables with the two offerings are presented below.

Table 1. Funding Opportunity Announcements Linked to Previous Support for Climate Change and Health Research

Funding Opportunity Announcement

FOA Number


Scientific/Research Contact

Expiration Date


Innovations in Biomedical Computational Science and Technology(R01)


Multiple NIH Institutes and Centers

Peter Lyster


Ecology of Infectious Disease (R01)

NSF 07-513

Joint effort between NIH and National Science Foundation

Joshua Rosenthal
Samuel Scheiner


Fogarty International Research Collaboration-Basic Biomedical Research (R03)


Fogarty International Center

Kathleen Michels


NIAMS Small Grant Program for New Investigators (R03)


National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Marie Mancini 301-594-5032


Cancer Prevention, Control, Behavioral and Population Sciences Career Development Award (K07)


National Cancer Institute

Ming Lei


*Please note that Multiple Institutes and Centers includes the National Library of Medicine

Table 2. Funding Opportunity Announcements Indirectly Related to Climate Change and Health Research

Funding Opportunity Announcements

FOA Number


Scientific/Research Contact

Expiration Date

Community-Based Partnerships for Childhood Obesity Prevention and Control: Research to Inform Policy

PA-09-140 (R03)
PA-09-141 (R21)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development, Center for Disease Control, and Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research


Linda Nebeling

Laura Kettel-Khan


Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy

PAR-10-133 (R01)
PAR-10-134 (R03)
PAR-10-135 (R21)

Multiple Institutes and Centers

For contact persons, go to


Community Participation in Research (R01)


Multiple Institutes and Centers

For contact persons, go to



Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R21)


PAR-10-136 (R01)
PAR-10-137 (R21)


Multiple Institutes and Centers

For contact persons, go to



Methodology and Measurement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

PAR-08-212 (R01)
PAR-08-213 (R21)
PAR-08-214 (R03)

Multiple Institutes and Centers

For contact persons, go to


NLM Express Grants in Biomedical Informatics (R01)



Hua-Chan Sim

Jane Ye


Predictive Multiscale Models of the Physiome in Health and Disease (R01)


Multiple Institutes and Centers

Grace Peng


Additionally, NIH Institutes and Centers also accept unsolicited or investigator-initiated research grant applications (see for a list of available unsolicited programs); however, not all institutes and centers participate in all programs. Please read program announcements carefully to determine participation. Interested applicants are also strongly encouraged to contact program staff at the NIH Institutes or Centers closest to their area of interest regarding a possible unsolicited grant prior to submission. A list of program contacts for NIH Institutes and Centers participating in this Notice is provided in the inquiries section. Unsolicited applications will be assigned to NIH Institutes/Centers and review groups following the standard NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) referral guidelines.

For further details, please view the following site: 


For further information regarding the opportunities on this Notice, please contact the program scientist listed alongside the program of interest (in the tables above). 

For other inquiries regarding NIH opportunities in this general area you may wish to contact the Extramural Program Contact from the Institute, Center or Office that best represents your area of interest (in the table below).

Extramural Program Contacts, by NIH Component:

Contact Person Name

NIH Component

Extramural Program Contact (E-mail address)

Joshua Rosenthal


Yvonne Njage


Caroline Dilworth


Carl Baker


Irene Dankwa-Mullan


Valerie Florance


Rebecca Clark


Britt Reid


Grace Peng


Peter Lyster



Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 2007. Climate change 2007: climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press

U.S. Climate Change Science Program, 2008: Analyses of the effects of global change on human health and welfare and human systems. A Report by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research. [Gamble, J.L. (ed.), K.L. Ebi, F.G. Sussman, T.J. Wilbanks, (Authors)]. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, USA

IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2008. Global climate change and extreme weather events: understanding the contributions to infectious disease emergence. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press

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