Public Health Agency of Canada: Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund (IDCCF)

Updated Information

Internal deadline updated from Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:00 PM to Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 1:00 PM


Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

For More Information

A bilingual webinar session will be held on March 11, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (EDT) to provide information on the Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund and application process. To sign up for the webinar, please register.

For more information about eligibility and how to apply, please consult the IDCCF website.


The Infectious Diseases and Climate Change Fund (IDCCF) addresses the impact of climate change on human health in Canada by:

  • increasing capacity to respond to the rising demands posed by climate-driven zoonotic (diseases that can be transmitted from animals and insects to humans), food-borne and water-borne infectious diseases
  • insuring Canadians and communities have access to timely and accurate information to better understand their risks and take measures to prevent infection
  • improving adaptability and/or resiliency to the health impacts of climate-driven infectious diseases, through surveillance and monitoring activities and access to education and awareness tools, to enable:
    • health professionals the information they need to support accurate guidance and advice to their patients and clients on climate-driven infectious diseases
    • Canadians and communities the tools to protect themselves from the health risks associated with climate-driven food-borne, water-borne and zoonotic infectious diseases

The following three objectives will be the areas of focus for this solicitation.

1) Moving the Marker

Projects that enhance capacity and address the epidemiology and burden of illness related to climate-driven, tick-borne and mosquito-borne diseases in at-risk communities by addressing one or more of the following activities:

  • Carry-out surveillance and monitoring activities in underserved or at-risk communities and/or populations
  • Enhance/ build capacity and/or tools in at-risk communities
  • Enhance understanding of epidemiology and burden of illness

2) Building a Foundation

Projects that help Canadians and health professionals understand the risks and opportunities associated with health and climate change adaptation through knowledge translations/exchange, capacity building, and collaboration mechanism addressing one or more of the following activities:

  • Knowledge based platform to translate and disseminate information to the public about the link between health and climate change adaptation
  • Enhance capacity for specialized skills and knowledge (e.g. entomologists, veterinary epidemiologists)
  • Integrate climate change and infectious disease into existing health professional forums to disseminate information and facilitate collaboration
  • Build new communities of practice

3) Enhancing Knowledge

Novel approaches to gain a comprehensive understanding of the impact climate-driven infectious diseases have on human health:

  • Domestic zoonotic diseases including vector-borne disease beyond tick and mosquito vectors
  • Climate-driven food-borne illness
  • Environmentally mediated infectious diseases, including infectious agents within recreational waters


You may be considered for funding if you fall under one or more of these categories:

  • Canadian not-for-profit voluntary organizations and corporations
  • Unincorporated groups, societies and coalitions
  • Provincial, territorial, regional and municipal governments and agencies
  • Indigenous organizations
  • Organizations and institutions supported by provincial and territorial governments (regional health authorities, schools, post-secondary institutions, etc.)
  • Applicants deemed capable of conducting activities that meet the scope, objectives and priorities of the IDCCF

Funding Availability

Funds will be paid through a combination of single-year and/or multi-year funding agreements.

Multi-year projects are not to exceed three years and a maximum of $150,000 per year of funding.

The total amount available for this funding opportunity per fiscal year is:

2019/20: $700,000
2020/21: $1,300,000
2021/22: $2,000,000

Note: Depending on demand, additional calls for applications might be announced.

Indirect Costs

A maximum of 18% is permitted. 


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

This Internal Deadline applies to those interested in Objectives; 2) Building a Foundation and 3) Enhancing Knowledge.

Researchers are required to submit a signed OR5 form along with their draft Letter of Intent to

External Deadline

This Internal Deadline applies to those interested in Objectives; 2) Building a Foundation and 3) Enhancing Knowledge.

Researchers will submit their completed Letter of Intent package directly to PHAC.

Internal Deadline

For Researchers submitting full proposals to Objective 1) Moving the Marker, please submit a signed OR5 form along with the complete Funding Application to

For Researchers who were invited to submit full proposals following their LOI submission for Objectives 2) Building a Foundation and 3) Enhancing Knowledge, please submit the complete funding application to


External Deadline

Researchers will submit the approved funding application directly to PHAC.

Please note that Easter Monday is a Federal Statutory Holiday.  Accordingly, the Office of Research strongly recommends that you submit your full application package no later than Thursday, April 18.


How to Apply

Please contact PHAC by e-mail at for

  • information on how to apply
  • more information about the fund
  • to obtain a funding application

PHAC will acknowledge receipt of your funding request within 10 business days.

For Questions, please contact

Please contact the Public Health Agency of Canada by e-mail at for additional information.

They will acknowledge receipt of your funding request within 10 business days.

Office of Research

Carolyn Dowling-Osborn, Senior Manager, Grants & Contracts
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52935

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