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2021/22 RFP

2021/22 Innovation Grants Request for Proposals (RFP)

Read & download our full Request for Proposals here

RFP Overview

EarthLab envisions an equitable, just and sustainable world where people and planet thrive.

The Innovation Grants Program is seeking proposals for research at the intersection of climate change and social justice that will generate equitable and actionable science and knowledge (i.e., science that is usable and used).

Goals: co-creation and partnership between community and UW researchers, interdisciplinary collaboration, action at the intersection of climate and social justice, and potential for growth of the project or partnership.

Maximum funding request: $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/graduate student or post-doc.

Allowable expenses: personnel, travel, services, and supplies following UW policies.

Project deliverables: required within grant period; designed to have immediate impact for community or non-academic partners.

Innovation Grant cohort meetings: each team must participate in 3 cohort meetings during the grant period.

Letter of Intent (due 1/27/2022, 5 pm PT): two pages max, submitted 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.

Applications are now closed – thank you to those who have submitted! We aim to send a response back by February 11, 2022. 

Full proposal (due 3/22/2022, 5 pm PT): four pages max, including abstract, plan, deliverables, timeline and budget.

Final report (due 9/25/2023, 5 pm, PT): two pages max.


View a list of common questions and answers here.

2021 Informational Sessions

UW Tacoma Campus
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
11:30 am – 12:30 pm PT

UW Bothell Campus
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
11:30 am – 12:30 pm PT

General Informational Session
Thursday, November 18, 2021
1-2 pm PT

If you were unable to attend the above sessions but would like to know more about the Innovation Grants, you can watch the recording of the November 18 general info session by clicking here.

Office Hours

If you have questions about the Innovation Grants Program, virtual office hours are available for drop-in every Wednesday from 12:30 –1:30 pm PT via ZOOM by clicking here.

Want to share this information with a colleague, researcher, student, or friend?

You can download our Innovation Grants 2021 fact sheet!

View the RFP fact sheet




EarthLab Contact:

Anastasia Ramey

Grants Program Lead