Wellcome Trust: Biological Vulnerability to Extreme Heat in Maternal and Child Health

This award will fund research teams to significantly advance understanding of the biological vulnerability to extreme heat in the context of maternal and child health. By the end of the award, successful applicants will have delivered new knowledge at this intersection and generated evidence with the potential to inform new interventions that can be used in real world settings.

You can apply for this award if you are a research leader who wants to pursue bold and creative research ideas that will significantly improve our understanding of biological vulnerability to extreme heat in the context of maternal and child health. This could include studies involving expectant and lactating mothers, foetuses, neonates, infants and children under 5 years of age.

Your research should generate evidence that may lead to new interventions to protect maternal and child health from the effects of extreme heat. We will prioritise funding for research in disadvantaged communities. This review of the current understanding of the effects of extreme heat on pregnancy outcomes details where the gaps in the evidence base are.  

You and your team must aim to make a significant contribution to this research area by:

  • generating new understanding of the biological mechanisms of increased vulnerability to exposure to extreme heat, and
  • developing methodologies, conceptual frameworks, tools or techniques that could benefit maternal and child health in the context of exposure to extreme heat.

We will prioritise funding for projects that generate research that is relevant to the needs of disadvantaged groups in a warming climate and that have potential opportunities for translation into policy and practice. Disadvantaged groups are not homogenous. They may include those with high exposure and vulnerabilities to extreme heat that results from the intersection of social factors such as age, race, ethnicity, co-morbidities, occupation and socio-economic status.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.