A better understanding of how climate change will alter human health risks and who is most vulnerable to those health risks is essential for preventing climate-related morbidity and mortality. The NIEHS led an ad hoc interagency working group in developing a white paper in 2009 that outlines research needs for eleven categories of consequences of climate change for human health, including asthma and respiratory disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke, foodborne diseases and nutrition, human developmental effects, mental health and stress-related disorders, neurological diseases, vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, waterborne diseases, and weather-related morbidity and mortality. This report is available online: A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change (Full Report) (4MB).
NIEHS supports a variety of human health and climate change related research, both internally and through grant programs.
Current NIEHS Funding Opportunities
Currently there are no solicited funding opportunities available.
The NIEHS welcomes submissions of investigator-initiated grants on climate change and health through the unsolicited research grant process (e.g., R01s).
More information on the R01 Grant Program is online.
Recent NIEHS Funding Opportunities
Climate Change and Health: Assessing and Modeling Population Vulnerability to Climate Change (R21)
Funding Opportunity Announcement to examine the differential risk factors of populations that lead to or are associated with increased vulnerability to exposures, diseases, and other adverse health outcomes related to climate change.
More information on this grant program can be found on the Climate Change and Human Health Extramural Funding.
Centers for Oceans and Human Health (PO1)
Funding Opportunity Announcement to solicit grant applications that address harmful algal bloom (HAB) research, marine pollution (e.g., chemical toxicants assessment of long-term chronic exposures versus acute exposures; aspects of global climate change that influence ocean related human health outcomes; and development of statistical and bioinformatic tools to link developed oceanographic models with less well developed human health exposure and disease models).
More information on this program can be found at the Centers for Oceans and Human Health Program webpage at Oceans and Human Health