$5 million towards Australian research to improve climate-related health outcomes


The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released Grant Opportunity Guidelines for a Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into climate-related health impacts and effective interventions to improve health outcomes 2024.

Human health is both directly and indirectly influenced by the environment and changing climatic conditions. NHMRC is committed to boosting research capacity and capability into the impacts of environment change given the importance of this issue.

The research will address Australia’s research capacity in climate change and health. It will also accelerate implementation of evidence-based interventions specific to Australian settings, reduce health impacts associated with climate-related hazards and events in Australia, including a reduction in health inequities, and reduce the impacts of climate change on our health system.

Through prioritising the environment and changing climatic conditions, the outcomes of this TCR will help identify areas of vulnerabilities and effective interventions to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequities among Australians, aligning with the National Health and Climate Strategy as assured by the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ged Kearney MP.

A TCR is a one-time request for grant applications to address a specific health issue where there is significant research knowledge gap or unmet need.

TCRs are designed to stimulate research or build research capacity in a specific area of health and medical science to the benefit of Australians.

The provisional funding allocation by NHMRC is $5 million over 5 years. Grants are capped at a maximum of $1 million per application.

The Grant Opportunity Guidelines are available now on Grant Connect.

Applications are now open and will close on Wednesday 15 May 2024.

Quotes attributable to NHMRC CEO Professor Steve Wesselingh:

“Human health is strongly influenced by the health of the environments in which we live in.”

“NHMRC is committed to improving Australia’s preparedness and responsiveness to the threats that climate changes and extreme environmental events present to our communities.”

“This targeted funding investment will help boost Australia’s capacity and capability in climate-related health and medical research, helping to build a resilient and responsive heath system.”

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