Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund
About this Fund
About the Fund
The Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund (IDCCF) addresses the impact of climate change on human health in Canada by:
- increasing capacity to respond to the rising demands posed by climate-driven zoonotic (diseases that can be transmitted from animals and insects to humans), food-borne and water-borne infectious diseases
- enabling Canadians and communities to have access to timely and accurate information to better understand their risks and take measures to prevent infection
- improving adaptation and resiliency to the health impacts of climate-driven infectious diseases, through surveillance and monitoring activities and access to education and awareness tools, to equip:
- Health professionals with the information they need to provide advice to their patients and clients on climate-driven infectious diseases
- Canadians and communities with the tools to protect themselves from the health risks associated with climate-driven food-borne, water-borne and zoonotic infectious diseases
Monitoring and Surveillance
- Building baseline data and enhancing knowledge and expertise to understand, predict, and monitor current and future risks through innovative approaches to surveillance, detection and analysis of climate driven infectious diseases
- Collaborative and novel approaches for the collection, sharing and use of data to support evidence-based public health actions that equip and empower Canadians to adapt
Education and Awareness
- Promoting the development, uptake and distribution of education and awareness materials for health professionals
- Facilitating education, awareness and the dissemination of tools and best practices within or across Canadian communities and among vulnerable populations
Call for proposals
Current status: Closed
This solicitation ran from December 4, 2021 to February 10, 2022.
Call for proposals
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is pleased to launch our next solicitation for projects under the Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund. PHAC is currently accepting Letters of Intent from interested applicants to address the impact of climate change on human health.
Projects must align with one of the following three streams. The stream selected should reflect the primary focus of the proposed project activities.
Stream 1: Strengthening capacity on key risks
Strengthen and/or expand capacity on current and future tick-borne and mosquito-borne diseases in the context of a changing climate. This stream aims to build from and continue enhancing knowledge, tools and resources on priority disease risks.
Stream 2: Enhancing knowledge
Enhance knowledge related to unexplored, under-investigated or emerging pathogens or infectious diseases in the context of climate change. This stream aims to support novel approaches to investigate, explore and advance understanding of these new or lesser-known pathogens or infectious diseases, and the impacts they have on human health.
Stream 3: Advancing intersectoral collaboration
Advance multidisciplinary and/or multi-sectoral collaboration to better understand risks and drive action on infectious diseases, One Health and climate change. This stream focuses on building collaborative mechanisms, platforms and partnerships, including use of diverse networks and perspectives, to support knowledge sharing and exchange, and to amplify ongoing activities to drive action.
Who is eligible to apply
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
- First Nation, Inuit and Métis organizations
- Organizations and institutions supported by provincial and territorial governments (such as regional health authorities, schools, post-secondary institutions)
- 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 (not-for-profit) support that is non-influential (a letter of support indicating such will be required)
- For-profit organizations and corporations
- International organizations, corporations, groups, societies and coalitions
About the application process
Funding details and process
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.
This is a two-stage application process:
- Letter of Intent: Applicants must provide sufficient information regarding each of the assessment criteria so that a complete and clear overview of each aspect of the proposed project is provided.
- Full funding application: Applicants who have successfully provided the required information will be invited to submit a full funding submission.
Projects approved for funding are anticipated to start in April 2023.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying to the Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund, please contact PHAC's Centre for Grants and Contributions at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application package.
In order to remain open, transparent and consistent, questions or clarification requests must be made via email to the Public Health Agency of Canada's (PHAC) Centre for Grants and Contributions at the above-mentioned email address.
All Letter of Intent applications must be submitted by email. No extensions will be granted. The Centre for Grants and Contributions will acknowledge receipt of proposal packages by email.
The deadline for submitting a Letter of Intent application is 11:59pm of your respective time zone, Thursday February 10, 2022.
Projects currently being funded by the Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund include:
- Acadia University: Assessing mosquito range expansion and vector potential in Nova Scotia
A mosquito surveillance project in Nova Scotia to improve baseline data of the species present in the province, and their potential for transmitting disease. Traditional surveillance techniques will be used (i.e., aquatic sampling for larval stages and trap-collection of adult stages) as well as new molecular technologies that will detect mosquito DNA in aquatic samples without requiring exhaustive organismal sampling (e.g., environmental DNA analysis). Website and social media will be used to engage the public and disseminate information to educate and serve all communities in the province.
Duration: April 2020 to March 2023
- Bishop's University: Citizen-based surveillance of Ixodes scapularis and other ticks using eTick.ca, a web platform dedicated to image-based tick identification
This innovative project, bringing science into the hands of Canadians, is a bilingual public platform for image-based identification and population monitoring of ticks in Canada. By submitting a tick picture on eTick.ca or through the new eTick mobile app, you can get a species identification by trained personnel within one business day, to know if you or your pet might have potentially been exposed to tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease. Once the tick has been identified, your submission will automatically appear as a dot on an interactive distribution map and awareness/education materials will be shared.
Duration: September 2018 to March 2023
- Brandon University: Surveillance of neglected mosquito- and tick-borne pathogens in the Canadian prairies
Identify and catalogue neglected pathogens infecting Manitoban mosquito and tick vectors and determine their prevalence. This information will inform climate-based risk assessment models for emerging pathogens, and inform the deployment of tick and mosquito prevention strategies.
Duration: April 2020 to March 2023
- 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
This project looks to develop a set of national, evidence-informed, consensus-based tools and e-resources for nurses entering practice to build their knowledge and capacity to engage in public health activities related to infectious diseases transmitted by insects and ticks that are emerging and/or expanding in Canada as a result of climate change.
Duration: July 2018 to March 2021
- Canadian Public Health Association: Creating a national forum for knowledge exchange, capacity building and collaboration to address infectious diseases and climate change
Hold two national forums (2021, 2022) that will bring together public health, health care, as well as professionals and multidisciplinary providers (e.g., urban planners, parks and recreation), to present current evidence and solutions addressing infectious diseases and climate change. The forums will be used to assess the knowledge, capacity building needs as well as establish local and national collaborations on infectious diseases and climate change. Develop and implement a national Lyme disease poster contest for students including the development and dissemination of appropriate curriculum resources for teachers.
Duration: May 2020 to March 2023
- Canadian Veterinary Medical Association: National Baseline Survey of Tick-Borne Disease Awareness/ National Tick-Borne Disease Outreach and Awareness Campaign
This project will survey and gather baseline data on the level of awareness of tick-borne diseases and launch an outreach and awareness campaign within three populations: veterinarians, pet owners and hunters and anglers. Armed with this new knowledge, Canada's veterinary community will better understand the risks associated with tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease and be empowered to credibly inform high-risk stakeholder communities, including pet owners.
Duration: March 2021 to August 2023
- Centre for Effective Practice: Lyme Disease Clinical Toolkit
Already the most common tick-borne illness in Canada, the incidence of Lyme disease is increasing due to blacklegged tick population growth. Improved diagnosis and treatment of early localized Lyme disease will help keep patients from progressing into later-stage disease. This project will develop a clinical tool on early Lyme disease management to help health care providers diagnose and treat early localized Lyme disease. A complementary patient resource will also be developed to provide information for patients who have been bitten by a tick or diagnosed with early Lyme disease.
Duration: September 2018 to March 2020
- Conseil de la Nation huronne-wendat: Surveillance activities and raising awareness among the Huron-Wendat Nation regarding Lyme disease risk and prevention
Collection, identification and analysis of ticks in the Nionwentsïo territory, the ancestral territory of the Huron-Wendat Nation, to determine risk factors and at-risk members of the Huron-Wendat Nation (i.e. hunters, youth, etc.) and raise awareness to prevent and minimize the risk of acquiring Lyme disease.
Duration: October 2018 to March 2023
- Conseil des Abénakis de Wôlinak: Lyme disease research and monitoring in Abénakis de Wôlinak territory
Surveillance study to determine whether Lyme disease is present in the Ndakinna territory, the ancestral territory of the Abenaki nation.
Duration: June 2018 to March 2021
- First Nations Health Authority: WATCH: We All Take Care of the Harvest. Safe and secure harvesting of marine foods in the context of climate change
Establish a phytoplankton monitoring program in BC First Nations community self-harvest areas and develop science based curriculum to support broader establishment of community-based monitoring programs that will reduce illness, improve knowledge of the impacts of harmful algal blooms (HABs), and increase local community and public health system resilience.
Duration: May 2020 to March 2023
- Government of Newfoundland and Labrador: Determining the Environmental Burden of Lyme Disease in Newfoundland and Labrador
Determine the environmental burden of Lyme disease in Newfoundland and Labrador through passive, active and sentinel surveillance. This project also helps to prevent cases of Lyme disease through activities at the individual and population level and through the encouragement of early detection of Lyme disease by physicians and veterinarians.
Duration: April 2019 to March 2020
- Institut national de santé publique du Québec: Development of training to monitor native and exotic mosquito disease vectors in Canadian parks and raise awareness among workers and the general population
Develop and deliver training for park managers in Québec enabling them to train workers to conduct surveillance and monitoring activities for mosquito populations and raise awareness among parks managers, workers, volunteers and visitors about the risks of mosquito-borne diseases in Québec parks and effective prevention measures
Duration: September 2020 to December 2021
- Institut national de santé publique du Québec: Development of training for monitoring of Ixodes scapularis ticks in Canadian parks and raising awareness of workers and the general public regarding the risks related to Lyme disease
Develop and deliver training for park managers in Québec enabling them to train workers to conduct surveillance and monitoring activities for tick populations (Ixodes scapularis) and raise awareness among parks managers, workers, volunteers and visitors about the risks of tick-borne diseases in Québec parks and effective prevention measures.
Duration: January 2019 to December 2019
- Lakehead University: Extreme weather event-related infectious disease prevention and control: promoting competency through education interventions delivered to diverse and multi-sectoral learners
Equip resident physicians in Northern Ontario, and other multi-sectoral health and non-health professional learners in other jurisdictions (e.g., through partnership with the University of Toronto), with the knowledge and skills to support individuals and communities in the prevention and control of extreme weather events-related zoonotic, food- and water-borne infectious diseases.
Duration: July 2018 to March 2020
- 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
Explore the distribution of native and invasive species of mosquitoes (Culex pipiens and Aedes japonicas) across the province of Newfoundland and Labrador as well as, due to its close proximity to the province, the French overseas territory of St. Pierre and Miquelon. Areas targeted for such research will be those of significant human population size as well as those previously under-studied (such as the First Nations communities of Sheshatshiu and Coone River).
Duration: June 2018 to December 2021
- Mount Allison University: Incidence, location, wildlife reservoir species and biogeographical modeling of leptospirosis in the Canadian Maritimes
A study of the incidence of Leptospirosis in Maritime Canada. Leptospirosis is an infectious bacterial disease that occurs in rodents, dogs, and other mammals and can be transmitted to humans. Among the many animals that can transmit infection, rodents and other wild animals are important reservoirs of infection. Many of these species are expanding their traditional habitats northwards under the influence of climate change.
Duration: June 2018 to March 2021
- 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
The project will use data from two large, longitudinal existing data collections from New Brunswick and British Columbia to validate the resilience of the Ogden model. It will also recruit and train volunteers willing to do concentrated long-term sampling from specific geographical sites across the country.
Duration: June 2018 to March 2021
- New Brunswick Department of Health: Building capacity of the health care sector (providers and facilities) for climate-driven tick-borne diseases in New Brunswick
Climate change is expanding the geographic range of Ixodes scapularis ticks and risk of tick-borne illness. The incidence of Borrelia burgdorferi is increasing and this trend is expected to continue in New Brunswick. The project aims to build the health sector capacity by development of a tick diagnostic laboratory service, through surveillance and monitoring activities, and by communications strategies (targeting physicians, veterinarians and the public). This will provide health care practitioners with the tools and evidence-based information needed for diagnostic and therapeutic modalities to ensure optimal clinical outcomes for patients.
Duration: September 2019 to March 2023
- Provincial Health Services Authority (BCCDC): Climate change and tick-borne diseases: A One Health approach in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan
There is an urgent need to improve the capacity of communities, front-line health workers, public health practitioners and health services institutions in Western Canada to predict, respond to, and mitigate emerging ticks and tick-borne diseases (ie. Borrelia spp., Anaplasma spp., Ehrlichia spp.). Three key goals of this multi-provincial project are:1) improved cross-sectoral detection, monitoring and surveillance capacity for selected ticks and tick-borne diseases of importance to human health; 2) increased prediction and response capacity for health professionals and at-risk communities for climate-driven tick-borne zoonoses; 3) and strengthened one health capacity to address climate-driven infectious diseases more broadly.
Duration: October 2019 to March 2023
- Ryerson University: Environmental impacts on recreational water quality in Canadian beaches: epidemiological and predictive modelling to support climate change adaptation and response by local public health authorities
Investigate the impacts of environmental factors of the risk of water-borne infectious disease, from bathing in fresh and marine recreational waters in two regions of Canada. Potential impacts will be investigated using innovative epidemiological modelling and analyses to support adaptation and response by local public health authorities.
Duration: May 2020 to March 2024
- Scouts Canada: Tick-borne and Lyme Disease Awareness Campaign
Ticks and tick-borne illnesses present a risk for Scout members and volunteers as they frequent tick and Lyme-endemic regions within Canada. Scouts Canada will create a Tick and Lyme disease awareness campaign including educational resources, tools and training. Included will be a personal achievement badge program, where youth can engage with educational material on tick safety and receive a badge upon completion of the program, an online e-learning module, and distribution of Lyme Disease awareness materials at events hosted by Scouts Canada.
Duration: February 2020 to December 2023
- Sunnybrook Research Institute: Arbovirus surveillance in Ontario; understanding pathogen and vector bioecology and epidemiology in the context of climate change
Arthropod-borne pathogen activity is highly dependent upon vector abundance and distribution. The effects of climate change on vector and arbovirus epidemiology in Canada is generally focused on West Nile virus, and baseline surveillance data is lacking for other viral pathogens, impeding predictive modelling and response for at risk hosts including outdoor workers. This project will examine orthobunya viruses as a threat to health and a model for predicting arboviral activity in non-Culex mosquitoes in the context of climate change. A multi-disciplinary team of virologists, entomologists, zoonotics epidemiologists, modellers, geographers and health practitioners has been assembled to address this complex challenge.
Duration: September 2019 to March 2023
- 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
Review the current evidence on effect of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases on pregnancy and pregnancy outcome, determine healthcare providers' current knowledge and practices related to prevention and treatment, and create and dissemination resources for women and their healthcare providers with the aim of preventing exposure.
Duration: October 2018 to March 2021
- Université de Sherbrooke: Epidemiology of the environmental fungal infection with Blastomyces dermatitidis in Quebec
A retrospective, multicentric, pan-Québec study on the epidemiology of blastomycosis, the fungal infection, Blastomyces dermatitidis to determine the role of clinical and molecular virulence, host and environmental factors in the emergence of this pathogen and the observed increase in the number of severe cases in humans.
Duration: July 2018 to September 2020
- University of Guelph, Department of Population Medicine: Evaluating One Health competencies: Are current and future professionals prepared for climate change?
Climate change is a challenging issue that directly and indirectly impacts the health of humans, animals and the environment. This project will develop a framework to assess competencies in students enrolled in One Health programs at the University of Guelph. Canada needs skilled professionals who are trained to work across disciplines, apply systems thinking, and interpret, translate and mobilize complex health data to develop and inform effective and sustainable climate policy and programming.
Duration: May 2020 to December 2023
- University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College: Developing and assessing the feasibility of applying a One Health approach to leptospirosis surveillance in Ontario
Leptospirosis is an infectious bacterial disease that occurs in rodents, dogs, and other mammals and can be transmitted to humans. A One Health disease surveillance approach that integrates human, animal, and environmental data may help to better identify, monitor and intervene with climate-induced changes in the prevalence and distribution of leptospirosis. This project will develop and assess the feasibility of employing a One Health approach to leptospirosis surveillance in Ontario and its applicability to other domestic zoonoses.
Duration: June 2020 to March 2025
- University of Ottawa: Best practices for urban planning in the context of climate change and emerging tick-borne diseases
Populations in Canadian cities - particularly suburban populations - are increasingly at risk of tick-borne diseases due to climate-driven range expansion of ticks and tick-borne pathogens, coupled with environmental changes posed by urban development. Urban greening initiatives to mitigate the heat and flooding effects of climate change in cities can have further unintended impacts on tick-borne diseases. This project will characterize and monitor changes in tick populations and tick-borne disease transmission in the context of urban development and greening using a One Health approach. Ultimately, it will inform the development of a best practices report for healthy urban planning in the context of tick-borne diseases.
Duration: September 2019 to March 2023
- University of Saskatchewan: Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative – wildlife health surveillance, monitoring and education
Wildlife health monitoring and surveillance activities will be conducted and together with health intelligence expertise to provide greater situational awareness of changing or emerging infectious diseases as well as long-term indicators of wildlife health in Canada in the context of climate change. This includes efforts in infectious disease detection, trend analysis of changing vector-borne diseases, and greater understanding of disease emergence or changing patterns and host susceptibility. Additional anticipated outcomes include assessing food security related to wildlife, community resilience and preparation for unanticipated threats.
Duration: December 2021 to March 2024
- University of Saskatchewan: 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
Examine the effect of lethal rat control on the ecology of Bartonella spp. (a flea-borne zoonosis) in wild rats from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighborhood to inform and revise rat control strategies to ensure urban cities are better prepared to manage zoonotic disease risks, particularly those that will likely increase in the face of climate change.
Duration: September 2018 to March 2021
- University of Saskatchewan: 5th International One Health Congress
The 5th International One Health Congress was held in Saskatoon (June 22 to 25, 2018), and brought together some 1,000 key scientific policy makers and practitioners from universities, governments and industry who are working towards integrated approaches and effective responses to complex global health challenges.
Duration: May 2018 to March 2019
- University of Saskatchewan: Companion animal surveillance: One Health evidence for assessing human health risks in western Canada
Evidence suggests up to two-thirds of human pathogenic organisms are zoonotic and up to three-quarters of emerging human pathogens originate from animal reservoirs, including companion animals. Climate change is in the process of fundamentally altering the nature and the sources of these threats. Animals have been effective sentinels for assessing human health risks, serving as accessible populations to monitor risk levels due to changing environmental drivers. While 50-60% of urban households in Canada contain at least one companion animal (e.g. dog, cat, bird, reptile, horses, etc), there is currently no active surveillance of this population. This project will develop and establish a companion animal surveillance initiative within the Prairie Provinces, identifying best practices of disseminating disease occurrence and risk factor information to both animal and public health stakeholders.
Duration: May 2020 to March 2023
- University of Winnipeg, Prairie Climate Centre: Stories of Health and Hope: climate change, infectious disease, and community based adaptation
Stories of Health and Hope will bring together science and storytelling regarding climate change, infectious disease, and how these issues combine to affect public health. It will offer engagement and learning opportunities for diverse actors - including Indigenous leaders, experts, citizens, practitioners, and policymakers - to support community-based resiliency. Through workshops, interviews, and dialogue this project will document diverse health impacts and adaptations across various sectors/scales and synthesize findings using multi-media approaches and best practices in climate and health communications. These outcomes will be shared on the Climate Atlas of Canada and support the implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
Duration: March 2018 to August 2022
- Windsor-Essex County Health Unit: Exploratory study of the presence of invasive mosquito species in Leamington, Ontario
This project will involve increased mosquito surveillance and monitoring activities in Leamington, Ontario. It will also involve coordination with Parks Canada to initiate a mosquito surveillance program in Point Pelee National Park. Adult mosquito surveillance and viral testing will provide valuable information regarding the types of mosquito species residing in the region, presence of invasive mosquito species and documenting their establishment as well as vector-borne disease activity locations through testing mosquito pools.
Duration: September 2019 to March 2022
For more information about the IDCC Program or Fund, please contact the Program at email@example.com
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