EarthLab Innovation Grant Applications Open!

Apply today! Letters of Intent due January 9, 2024 by 5:00 pm PST.

The Innovation Grants Program invests in collaborations that span academic disciplines, engage multiple sectors and center community questions at the intersection of climate change and social justice. Teams interested in participating in the 2024 Innovation Grant Cohort 5 must include community members in addition to University of Washington researchers and students.

The maximum funding request is $80,000 over 18 months. 


Team Composition: At least two University of Washington (UW) faculty, postdoc, or staff researchers from different disciplines (including one researcher with Principal Investigator status), at least one community or non-academic lead, and at least one undergraduate or graduate student.

Innovation Grant Cohort 5 Meetings: Each team must participate in three (3) cohort meetings during the grant period. The cohort model encourages collaboration, networking, and intends to contribute to building a community of practice around interdisciplinary and community-led research.

Project Deliverable: Required within grant period and will be useful to the community partner. Format is flexible.

Blog Post from Student and/or Community Perspective: Upon completion of the grant cycle, your student or community partner will write a brief blog (no more than 800 words) about this experience, specifically geared towards the general public, that will help explain your team’s contributions to the community and what next steps, if any, will take place going forward. This will be published on the EarthLab website and across social media channels. If capacity is limited, this can also take the format of an interview written by the EarthLab staff.


Letter of Intent (due 1/9/2024, 5:00 pm PST): Must be submitted via Google form by the deadline. Evaluated for invitation submit a full proposal.

Full Proposal (due 2/27/2024, 5:00 pm PST): Must be submitted via Google form by the deadline along with up to three single-page letters of support from community and non-academic project collaborators.

Awards announced: Week of March 25, 2024.

For questions about the program or this RFA, please contact

By Meaghan Wood (She/Her)
Meaghan Wood (She/Her) Career Coach