Climate Change Related Research at WSU

Climate change impacts nearly every aspect of our society and environment with ramifications that span local, state, national, and global scales. As an R1 institution and the land grant university in the state of Washington, WSU recognizes its opportunities for, and capacity to, support climate change related research that addresses climate change impacts to our natural and built environments, and to human, animal, and ecosystem health.

To this end, CEREO and the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships (ORAP) are working to support WSU’s current research capacity while providing new opportunities to explore innovative research aimed at addressing critical climate change-related issues in Washington and beyond.

WSU C2R2 Research Strengths

WSU has long curated the depth and breadth required to explore how humans and natural systems are responding and adapting to climate change. There are over 60 departments or other academic units currently engaged in climate change related research across the WSU system.

Current Activities and Opportunities

CEREO and ORAP are co-sponsoring two Climate and Environmental Research Proposal Development Workshops. We understand that large, interdisciplinary proposal development can be a daunting challenge. Luckily, CEREO specializes in providing support and expertise for environment and climate change focused proposal development. This opportunity will allow research teams to apply for a two-day, hosted, in-person workshop to work with CEREO towards rapidly building interdisciplinary team cohesion and moving research ideas to proposal drafts.

The funded workshops will include:

  1. Travel support for team members (up to $2,000),
  2. Meeting space and refreshments (inc. breakfast & lunch) for two days,
  3. Guided training on building a compelling interdisciplinary research proposal – incl. enhancing team cohesion, developing a compelling core idea, and post-workshop support for continued proposal development1.  

Applications will be open through May 29, 2024. To apply, please use this Application Form

 1 CEREO facilitates large and interdisciplinary proposals with assistance from the Office of Research. Funded workshop teams will be expected to coordinate and submit their proposals through CEREO, as explained during the in-person and virtual discussions. Proposals that are submitted through CEREO do not take credit from the team’s departments, and F&A gets routed back to the units.

Previous Activities and Opportunities

In Spring 2024,  the C2R2 working group held a series workshops geared towards faculty teams who are interested in interdisciplinary, climate change-related, and/or environmental-focused proposal development. Each discussion session focused on a specific call and included a general overview of the request for proposals, specific advice for successful submissions, and time for idea generation with colleagues. 

Date/TimeRFP TopicLocation
3:30 PM
NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Call for proposals here: Due Aug 21, 2024
Register here (Pullman and Non-Pullman should register)
Pullman- Lighty 403 
Non-Pullman: via zoom
4:00 PM
NSF National Research Traineeships (NRT) 
Call for proposals here: Due Sept 6, 2024
Register here (Pullman and Non-Pullman should register)
Pullman- Lighty 401
Non-Pullman: via zoom
4:00 PM
NSF Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (DISES)
Call for proposals here: Due Nov 17, 2024
Register here (Pullman and Non-Pullman should register)
Pullman- Lighty 401
Non-Pullman: via zoom
4:00 PM
USDA Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS)
Call for proposals here: Due Dec 31, 2024
Register here (Pullman and Non-Pullman should register)
Pullman- Lighty 401
Non-Pullman: via zoom

In an effort to better understand the C2R2 landscape at WSU, this working group held three scoping workshops in Fall 2023 to identify climate change related strengths at WSU. The insights gained from these workshops will be used to help align WSU strategic initiatives and resources to support these critical areas of work in the coming years.

The fall workshops explored broad areas of climate change and related impacts to human, animal, and ecosystem health, focusing on the following themes where WSU has a expertise: 1) Regenerative Practices in Natural Resources and Environmental Management 2) Renewable Energy Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies, and 3) Sustainable Built Environments.

Faculty and staff were invited to discuss research efforts within these themes and potential tractable, high-yield pathways for catalyzing new research.

See the summary report from these workshops- coming soon.

The hack-a-thon model was used to to foster new, interdisciplinary networks to advance pressing climate change related research by bringing together 20 researchers spanning Extension, humanities, social, natural, and physical sciences, and engineering. Over the course of two days, participants were tasked with generating new interdisciplinary, climate change related research questions and pitching compelling proposals to address these identified areas. Teams with the best pitches received seed grant funds from ORAP to continue developing their ideas while seeking funding opportunities to pursue the proposed work.

Pitches that received seed grant funds included:

Adaptation of Human and Animal Health Systems to Climate Change

Team Leader: Lav Khot (

Climate Based Human Migration

Team Leader: Michael Goldsby (

Climate Together: A Citizen Climate Science App

Team Leader: Anne Pisor (

Forest Gardens: Resilient landscapes for healing

Team Leader: Andrei Smertenko (

Aquatic Methane Removal and Utilization: Swamp Gas to Commodity Chemicals

Team Leaders: John Harrison ( and Hongfei Lin (

C2R2 Working Group Committee