Mission Statement

The Wilkes Center for Climate Science & Policy at the University of Utah strives to provide transformative, integrative, and cutting-edge science, education, entrepreneurship, and practical solutions to tackle climate change in Utah, the United States, and the globe.

Researchers affiliated with the Wilkes Center are working on the defining issues of our age.

Focus Areas

Climate<br />Solutions
In collaboration with stakeholders and multiple partners, Wilkes Center researchers analyze and innovate on climate solutions, aiming to inform policy in key areas of water resources, climate extremes, and nature-based climate solutions.
Climate<br />Impacts
Wilkes Center scholars are illuminating climate impacts on local communities, economies, ecosystems, and human health in Utah and around the globe and are developing key tools to mitigate, adapt, and manage climate impacts.
Climate<br />Forecasting
The Wilkes Center aims to support and develop state-of-the-art science around near-term forecasts and longer-term projections of key climate changes with major societal impacts and to make this information available for decision-makers.

Funding Opportunities

Undergraduate Funding
The Wilkes Scholars Program enables students to explore pressing climate challenges through transformative research.
Fall/Summer Deadline: March 15, 2023
Faculty Seed Grants
Apply to receive funding support for impactful research surrounding climate change, as well as the policy impacts.
Deadline: December 15, 2022
Wilkes Center Climate Prize
This $1.5 million prize at the University of Utah supports innovative projects that help address the impact of climate change.
Deadline: January 31, 2023
Postdoctoral Fellowships
Designed to attract spectacular recent graduates doing research in the areas of climate science and policy.
Deadline: February 1, 2023
Graduate Research and Travel Funds
Designed to support all graduate students pursuing research in the areas of climate science and climate policy.
Deadline: March 14, 2023
Climate Solutions Hackathon
All students are invited to put their passion, knowledge and teamwork toward achieving climate solutions. Thousands of dollars in cash prizes will be awarded.
Deadline: January 24, 2023

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Clay and Marie Wilkes have worked on humanitarian projects for decades,
leading education and economic initiatives in Salt Lake City, Peru, and Nepal.

The Wilkes Center for Climate Science and Policy was created in 2022 as a result of their
desire to urgently address threats created by climate change. Learn more about the donation