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Climate Impact Small Research Grants

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These grants are intended to provide seed funding for social or personality psychology research that informs efforts related to climate change mitigation (reducing levels of climate change) or adaptation (helping people prepare for and adapt to unavoidable levels of climate change).  We encourage applicants to consider a range of climate change related outcomes including emissions reduced, energy/water saved, physical health, mental health and well-being, social conflict, reduction in vulnerability and/or increases in resilience (including subjective resilience), and efforts that address environmental injustices with regard to, for example, access to resources and differential impacts of climate change.

We invite proposals that examine effort to create systemic change.  As examples, proposals could examine factors that influence social norms; policy support; policy design; collective action; collective decision-making; social networks; household, community, or neighborhood change; and projections in health, well-being, or social conflict as tied to climate models. We are particularly interested in proposals that have the potential to be scalable to larger efforts.

The goal of this program is to foster work that draws new connections between social and personality psychology and the broadest challenges posed to humanity by climate change, and to help researchers successfully apply for larger grants that address this topic. Researchers of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Awards may be used to compensate participants (on-line or in-person), purchase supplies, travel to research sites, or pay research assistants. Funds may not be used for salary or travel to conferences, and no indirect costs will be granted to the awardee’s institution.