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2022/23 RFP

2022/23 Innovation Grants Request for Proposals (RFP)

Read & download our full Request for Proposals here

RFP Overview

EarthLab is an institute at the University of Washington that pushes boundaries to address our most pressing environmental challenges, with urgency and action on climate and its intersection with social justice. EarthLab envisions an equitable, just and sustainable world where people and the planet thrive. 

The Innovation Grants Program invests in collaborations that span academic disciplines, engage multiple sectors and center community-driven questions. Teams interested in participating in the 2023 Innovation Grant Cohort must include community members, researchers, and students from across the University of Washington. Teams will co-produce actionable science and knowledge at the intersection of climate change and social justice. The maximum funding request is $75,000 over 17 months. 


Team Composition: At least two University of Washington (UW) faculty 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 student, graduate student or post-doc.

Project Deliverable: Required within grant period; format is flexible, but it should be designed to have immediate impact for community or non-academic partners.

Innovation Grant Cohort Meetings: Each team must participate in three 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.

Important Dates

Letter of Intent (due 1/26/2023, 5:00 pm PST): Submitted via Google form along with up to three single-page letters of support from community and non-academic project collaborators. Evaluated for invitation to go forward with a full proposal.

Full Proposal (due 3/16/2023, 5:00 pm PST): Two pages max, along with a project abstract, timeline, budget and budget narrative, and letters of support. 

Final Report (due 9/25/2024, 5:00 pm, PST): Two pages max. 

Awards announced:  Week of April 10, 2023.

For questions about the program or this RFP, please contact elgrants@uw.edu.


View a list of common questions and answers here.

Submit your Letter of Intent Here

Apply Now!

Upcoming 2022 – 2023 Information Sessions

January 12, 2023
12:30 – 1:30 pm 

January 18, 2023
12:30 – 1:30 pm

Please note: The University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. Accommodation requests should be made to earthlab@uw.edu 3-5 days before your intended info session takes place.


For more information about the program or this RFP, please contact elgrants@uw.edu.

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View the RFP fact sheet