Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund

Funding requests are no longer being accepted at this time. Invitations to submit funding requests for future projects will be made available at a later date.

About this Fund


The following three objectives will be the areas of focus for this solicitation.

1. Moving the Marker

Solutions to enhance capacity and address the epidemiology and burden of illness related to climate-driven tick-borne and mosquito-borne diseases in at-risk communities. We're seeking innovative projects on tick-borne and/or mosquito-borne infectious diseases that address one or more of the following activities:

  • Carry-out surveillance and monitoring activities in underserved or at-risk communities and/or populations
  • Enhance/ build capacity and/or tools in at-risk communities
  • Enhance understanding of epidemiology and burden of illness

To apply for this Open Solicitation, please complete the Funding Request application package and submit a full proposal by 11:59pm, Monday, April 22, 2019.

2. Building a Foundation

Helping Canadians and health professionals understand the risks and opportunities associated with health and climate change adaptation through knowledge translations/exchange, capacity building, and collaboration mechanisms. We're looking for innovative projects that could address one or more of the following activities:

  • Knowledge based platform to translate and disseminate information to the public about the link between health and climate change adaptation
  • Enhance capacity for specialized skills and knowledge (e.g. entomologists, veterinary epidemiologists)
  • Integrate climate change and infectious disease into existing health professional forums to disseminate information and facilitate collaboration
  • Build new communities of practice

To apply for this Letter of Intent process, please complete a Letter of Intent package by 11:59pm, Monday, April 1, 2019. Only those selected will be requested to submit a full proposal.

3. Enhancing Knowledge

Novel approaches to gain a comprehensive understanding of the impact climate-driven infectious diseases have on human health:

  • Domestic zoonotic diseases including vector-borne disease beyond tick and mosquito vectors
  • Climate-driven food-borne illness
  • Environmentally mediated infectious diseases, including infectious agents within recreational waters

To apply for this Letter of Intent process, please complete a Letter of Intent package by 11:59pm, Monday, April 1, 2019. Only those selected will be requested to submit a full proposal.

Funding availability and duration

Funds will be disbursed through a combination of single-year or multi-year funding agreements. Multi-year projects are not to exceed three years and a maximum of $150,000 per year of funding.

The total amount available for this funding opportunity per fiscal year is:

2019/20: $700,000
2020/21: $1,300,000
2021/22: $2,000,000

Note: Depending on demand, additional calls for applications might be announced.

Eligibility and how to apply

The purpose of this fund is to address the impact of climate change on human health by building, and increasing access to, infectious disease based evidence, education and awareness.

Eligibility for this fund

Canadian applicants who fall under one or more of the following categories will be considered for funding:

  • Not-for-profit voluntary organizations and corporations
  • Unincorporated groups, societies and coalitions
  • Provincial, territorial, regional and municipal governments and agencies
  • Indigenous organizations
  • Organizations and institutions supported by provincial and territorial governments (regional health authorities, schools, post-secondary institutions, etc.)
  • Applicants deemed capable of conducting activities that meet the scope, objectives and priorities of the IDCCF


  • Federal Canadian Government departments and employees are ineligible for this process. They cannot apply for funding nor can they assist in the preparation of a funding application. However, they can provide in-kind support that is non-influential (a letter of support indicating such is required).
  • For-profit organizations and corporations
  • International organizations, corporations, groups, societies and coalitions

Deadline for submissions

The deadline to submit a funding request package to the Moving the Marker objective is Monday, April 22, 2019 by 11:59pm.

The deadline to submit the letter of intent package for the Building a Foundation or Enhancing Awareness objective is Monday, April 1, 2019 by 11:59pm.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered for funding.

Information and application forms

Please contact the Public Health Agency of Canada by e-mail at for additional information:

  • on how to apply
  • about the fund
  • to obtain an application package (specify if you require the funding request or letter of intent package)
  • A bilingual webinar session will be held March 11, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. (EDT) to provide information on the Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund, this solicitation as well as the application process. To sign up for the webinar please register at the following link:

We will acknowledge receipt of your funding request within 10 business days.

Funded Projects

Funding Requests submitted to the Public Health Agency of Canada that met the eligibility criteria were sent for further evaluation.

A review panel was established, whose membership took into consideration factors such as ethnicity, linguistic representation, experience and specific areas of expertise based on the nature of the solicitation focus for the Infectious Disease and Climate Change (IDCC) Fund. Panel members conducted individual evaluations and provided recommendations to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Projects currently being funded by the IDCC Fund include:

  1. Bishops University
    • Citizen-based surveillance of Ixodes scapularis and other ticks in Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick using, a web platform dedicated to image-based tick identification ($477,149.00 / 36 months)
  2. Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing
    • Empowering the next generation of health care professionals with knowledge, skills, tools, and supports to address infectious diseases related to climate change in Canada ($496,243.00 / 32 months)
  3. Centre for Effective Practice
    • Lyme Disease Clinical Toolkit ($195,782.00 / 14 months)
  4. Conseil de la Nation huronne-wendat
    • Surveillance activities and raising awareness among the Huron-Wendat Nation regarding Lyme disease risk and prevention ($347,879.00 / 34 months)
  5. Conseil des Abénakis de Wôlinak
    • Lyme disease research and monitoring in Abénakis de Wôlinak territory ($28,600.00 / 12 months)
  6. Institut national de santé publique du Québec
    • Development of training for autonomous monitoring of Ixodes scapularis ticks in Canadian parks and raising awareness of workers and the general public regarding the risks related to Lyme disease ($129,143.00 / 12 months)
  7. Lakehead University
    • Extreme weather event-related infectious disease prevention and control: promoting competency through education interventions delivered to diverse and multi-sectoral learners ($62,352.00 / 12 months)
  8. Memorial University of Newfoundland
    • A study of mosquito population diversity and distribution, viral pathogens and the potential impact of climate change on human health risks in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and the French overseas territory of St. Pierre and Miquelon  ($78,498.00 / 24 months)
  9. Mount Allison University
    • Incidence, location, wildlife reservoir species and biogeographical modeling of leptospirosis in the Canadian Maritimes ($101,915.00 / 33 months)
  10. Mount Allison University
    • Field surveillance of tick populations through citizen science partnerships as means for acquiring high-density community surveillance data and facilitating community education (55,632.00 / 33 months)
  11. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
    • Lyme-Aid: Helping Pregnant Women and their Healthcare Providers Prevent Lyme Disease and other Tick-borne Diseases During Pregnancy ($525,274.00 / 29 months)
  12. Université de Sherbrooke
    • Epidemiology of the environmental fungal infection with Blastomyces dermatitidis in Quebec ($293,402.00 / 12 months)
  13. University of Saskatchewan, WVCM
    • The impact of lethal rat (Rattus spp.) control techniques on the ecology of climate-driven vector-borne zoonotic pathogens and associated human health risks in urban centres ($81,814.00 / 24 months)
  14. University of Saskatchewan - One Health Congress
    • 5th International One Health Congress ($200,000.00 / 12 months)
  15. University of Winnipeg, Prairie Climate Centre
    • Stories of Health and Hope: Climate Change, Infectious Disease, and Community based Adaptation ($500,000.00 / 49 months)
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