Public Health & Environment call for ideas

Public Health and the Environment – Call for Ideas, Deadline April 26


The Washington University Institute for Public Health and International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES) are requesting ideas for projects that bridge research and practice and relate to topics at the intersection of public health and the environment.

We will select the most promising ideas for full proposal submission working with faculty to connect with interdisciplinary teams and/or community partners.

We are seeking research and practice project ideas that explore the intersection of public health and the environment with a particular focus around any of these three topics: climate change, biodiversity, and urbanization.

We are most interested in ideas for interdisciplinary projects that have the potential for impact and scalability. Proposals that are focused on the local St. Louis-area community and/or have an international component are particularly encouraged.

Ideas for projects must include an interdisciplinary team of two or more faculty (preferably from different schools in the university) with expertise in different disciplines. Ideas that include one or more community partners are highly preferred. You do not need to have the community partner identified prior to the idea submission. We will work with teams to help connect with potential community partners.

  • Idea submission: Thursday, April 26, 2018 (required)
  • Idea decisions: Thursday, May 10, 2018
      For ideas chosen to go forward for a full proposal
    • Interdisciplinary forum for partner engagement
      to support full proposal development: Summer 2018
    • Full proposals: Late September 2018
    • Funding decision: Late Fall 2018
    • Funding start: January 2019

Idea submissions should be submitted to Victoria Anwuri.

We will fund up to three proposals for $55,000 in total costs, including direct and indirect costs at a rate of 10%.

All applicants (excluding community partners) must have a faculty appointment at the university and at least one member of each project must be a Faculty Scholar in the Institute for Public Health. To find a list of Institute scholars, visit

Faculty whose scholar applications are in-process will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Details about becoming a scholar can be found here:

Click here for more information on the Idea submission format.

Contact Victoria Anwuri | 314-747-9206
Contact David Fike | 314-935-6607