Environmental Factor, September 2010, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
NIH announces climate change and health funding
By Eddy Ball
In a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) issued July 27, NIEHS announced a new program to fund research on climate change and human health, leading an effort that involves ten other NIH institutes and offices (ICs). The program, called "Climate Change and Health: Assessing and Modeling Population Vulnerability to Climate Change," (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-235.html) will fund research for up to two years.
The earliest date that applications could be accepted for the grants was August 28. A second and third round of applications will be accepted beginning April 24, 2011 and April 24, 2012. Letters of intent should be sent to NIEHS Program Administrator Caroline Dilworth, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Electronic submission is required.
According to the FOA, a better understanding of how climate change will alter human health risks in the United States and globally, and who will be most vulnerable to adverse health effects, is critical for reducing or preventing illness and death. The ultimate goal of the research program is to help inform climate change adaptation and public health interventions to reduce the current and future vulnerability of various at-risk populations.
The program has its roots in recent workshops and papers coordinated by several NIH ICs, including NIEHS, to identify research needs on the human health impacts of climate change. NIEHS was the lead for NIH on an ad hoc Interagency Working Group on Climate Change and Health (IWGCCH) that recently released a white paper (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/climatereport) outlining research needs for eleven categories of human health consequences of climate change.
The white paper expressed concerns about the effects of climate change on asthma and respiratory disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke, foodborne diseases and nutrition, human developmental effects, mental health and stress-related disorders, neurological diseases and disorders, vectorborne and zoonotic diseases, waterborne diseases, and weather-related morbidity and mortality. The report underscored the need for more research to assess and characterize population vulnerability to adverse health impacts due to climate change.
Participating ICs will consider applications related to their specific research interests(http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-235.html#SectionI) as described in the FOA:
- Fogarty International Center (FIC) (http://www.fic.nih.gov/)
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/)
- National Cancer Institute (NCI) (http://www.nci.nih.gov/)
- National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) (http://www.ncmhd.nih.gov/)
- National Institute on Aging (NIA) (http://www.nia.nih.gov/)
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (http://www.nichd.nih.gov/)
- National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) (http://www.nibib.nih.gov/)
- National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) (http://www.nigms.nih.gov/)
- National Library of Medicine (NLM) (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/)
- Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) (http://obssr.od.nih.gov/)