Open Solicitation: Build Regional Public Health Capacity and Awareness of Public Health Impacts Related to Climate Change

Request for Applications

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is committed to understanding the impacts of climate change on public health, to build regional public health capacity and strengthen adaptation strategies to reduce these impacts.  As climate change is expected to have varying regional impacts across Canada there is a need to understand and address unique regional health threats associated with a changing climate. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is pleased to announce the launch of a solicitation for contributions under the Preventative Public Health Systems and Adaptation to Climate Change program to support projects in enhancing regional public health capacity to adapt to a changing climate and to further understand the health risks from a changing climate.  Organizations are invited to submit a proposal for funding to build on public health programs, research initiatives or enhance public health capacity to reduce and adapt the health impacts from a changing climate.  The work should focus on infectious diseases and broader health impacts.

It is anticipated that projects will begin April 1, 2013 and must be completed on or before March 31, 2015. 

Who Can Apply?

Eligible organizations will need to demonstrate, through the application process, that they have expertise or experience in working with public health issues related to climate change as well as an understanding of regional public health needs related to climate change. Partnerships between organizations with complementary areas of expertise are strongly encouraged.

How to Apply

Applications must meet the objectives and will be assessed as outlined in the Guide for Applicants.  If you are interested in submitting an application, please contact to request a copy of the Guide for Applicants.

Proposals missing required information will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for funding. Proposals will be screened for completeness, eligibility, and program relevance. The budget will be assessed to determine whether the costs are appropriate for the project activities. Proposals will then undergo a quality assessment, which may include internal and/or external reviewers. To assess merit, this stage of the review process could include consultations with provincial/territorial officials and persons familiar with the particular issues.

How Much Funding is Available?

The maximum funding available per project is $37,500* over two fiscal years ($18,750 in 2013-2014 and $18,750 in 2014-2015).

The Agency is able to fund one project in each of the following regions of Canada:

  • Atlantic Canada
  • West/Prairies
  • Ontario and Quebec
  • Northern Canada

Funding decisions are subject to the review and recommendation of proposals by PHAC and the approval of the Minister of Health. The Agency will not reimburse costs incurred prior to the signing of an agreement.

*Note: Additional funds may be available at a later date for the project to expand the research program or accelerate the achievement of the project's overall objectives by increasing its development activities, enhancing its knowledge mobilization activities, or conducting other activities for the benefit of the public.

When is the Application Due?

Please note the deadline for submission of project proposals is January 11, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

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