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10K Planetary Health Challenge

The climate crisis is a significant global health threat that demands urgent action. Community-engaged action research that engages future leaders is critical for creating local solutions that address climate change and its impact on social determinants of health.

Based at the Centre for Social Accountability at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, the $10K Social Accountability Challenge provides community-based organizations with an opportunity to conduct research on local priority concerns pertaining to climate change and the social determinants of health in Northern Ontario communities. Community organizations may work alone or partner with other community organizations, academic institutions, and/or knowledge users to facilitate these projects. Up to $10,000 per award is available for one year of funding (one-time, one year, non-renewable). Projects may provide a foundation for future projects, capacity building, partnerships/collaborations/networking, policy advocacy or implementations.

The Planetary Health award stream offers five awards worth $10,000 each to support community-based research or evaluation projects that target the social determinants of health impacted by climate change. In this stream, academic and community-based partnerships are invited to submit their proposals to conduct research/evaluation in Northern Ontario that meets at least one of the following objectives:

  • Improving the understanding of the effect of climate change on the health and well-being of a Northern Ontario community
  • Facilitating development of community-based solutions to improve social determinants of health
  • Strengthening community health, well-being, and resiliency in the face of climate change
  • Supporting youth in collecting information and leading inquiry to understand the biological, social, or psychological effects of climate change on their community
  • Providing seed funding for a larger project related to planetary health in Northern Ontario.

A strong focus on community-based scholarship and the involvement of future leaders (young adults up to age 25) should be demonstrated in the application.


You are eligible to apply if you are an individual or group based in Northern Ontario and affiliated with:

  • A registered charitable organization or foundation
  • An not-for-profit corporation
  • An unincorporated branch or chapter of a charitable organization or incorporated not-for-profit organization
  • A community organization or agency
  • A collaborative of two or more organizations working together in partnership to achieve a common goal
  • Universities/Colleges are only eligible if they are working with an eligible community organization or agency

The letter of intent is due on June 6th 2022 Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal June 27th 2022. If you require support in developing your application or have questions, faculty at NOSM are available to support you. Please email at least two days prior to the application deadline.

Application Form

To apply, please complete the application form above and email it to