Collaborative Research Actions (CRAs)

In order to make progress against the Belmont Challenge and help deliver international collaboration, the Belmont Forum has developed Collaborative Research Actions. CRAs:

  • Address the Belmont Challenge priorities
  • Lever Belmont Forum members existing investments
  • Bring together new partnership
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Open Opportunities

To view CRAs currently accepting proposals, please visit the Opportunities page.

List of CRAs



Climate, Environment, and Health

Climate, Environment,
and Health
(CEH 2019)

Photo by UN Photo/Ilyas Ahmed

The Belmont Forum in collaboration with Future Earth, announces a new collaborative research action for transdisciplinary research which will improve understanding of the pathways between climate, environment and health to protect and promote human health and well-being in the face of climate challenges.

Multilateral, inter- and transdisciplinary research projects will investigate where significant uncertainties exist that are barriers to action; address complex climate, ecosystem and health pathways to determine processes underlying causal links; and foster the use of scientific information and climate-related decision support tools to better inform planning and enhance resilience.

Call Documents

Call Documents – Funding Annexes

Annex Country Funding Agency Abbr. Funding Agency Funding Agency Website
Annex Brazil FAPESP São Paulo Research Foundation www.fapesp.br/en
Annex Chinese Taipei MoST Ministry of Science and Technology www.most.gov.tw
Annex Cote d’ivoire PASRES PASRES www.csrs.ch/pasres
Annex Finland AKA Academy of Finland www.aka.fi
Annex Norway RCN Research Council of Norway www.forskningsradet.no
Annex Sweden Forte The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare in collaboration with the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsradet) forte.se
Annex Turkey TUBITAK The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey tubitak.gov.tr
Annex United Kingdom Met Met Office www.metoffice.gov.uk
Annex United Kingdom UKRI UK Research and Innovation www.ukri.org
Annex United States NIH National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and Fogarty International Center (FIC). www.nih.gov
Annex United States NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration www.noaa.gov
Annex United States NSF National Science Foundation www.nsf.gov
Annex United States NIFA National Institute of Food and Agriculture nifa.usda.gov

Disaster Risk, Reduction and Resilience

Disaster Risk, Reduction, and Resilience
(DR3 2019)

The Disaster Risk, Reduction and Resilience (DR3) call responds to the growing need for assessment and reduction of disaster risk, collaborative co-design of resilience strategies with a breadth of stakeholders, and scientifically and technologically enhanced responses to disasters.  In the context of this call, disasters are framed as extreme environmental events that negatively impact coupled human-natural systems.  The generation of these events may have natural and/or anthropogenic causes.

Each project team must consist of, at a minimum, natural scientists, social scientists and humanities, and stakeholders.  They must also be eligible for support from a minimum of 3 funders providing resources for DR3.  Specific questions about support or themes can be addressed to program contacts within the organizational annexes.

Call Documents

Call Documents – Funding Annexes

Annex Country Funding Agency Abbr. Funding Agency Funding Agency Website
Annex Brazil FAPESP São Paulo Research Foundation www.fapesp.br/en
Annex Chinese Taipei MOST Ministry of Science and Technology www.most.gov.tw
Annex Japan JST Japan Science and Technology Agency www.jst.go.jp
Annex Qatar QNRF Qatar National Research Fund www.qnrf.org
Annex United Kingdom UKRI UK Research and Innovation ukri.org
Annex United States NSF National Science Foundation nsf.gov

Resilience in Rapidly Changing Arctic Systems

Resilience in Rapidly Changing Arctic Systems
(Arctic II 2019)

The Belmont Forum is pleased to announce the launch of a second Collaborative Research Action focused on Arctic region. The title of this international funding opportunity is Resilience in a Rapidly Changing Arctic. The call aims at bringing together researchers and other expertise across the globe to develop proposals from integrated teams of scientists and stakeholders to address key areas of arctic resilience understanding and action. This collaboration of academic and non-academic knowledge systems constitutes a transdisciplinary approach that will advance not only understanding of the fundamentals of arctic resilience but also spur action, inform decision-making, and translate into solutions for resilience.

Details of the call and the application process are provided via the application portal https://bfgo.org. There are also training modules available for proposers on the Belmont Forum YouTube channel. Before starting to prepare proposals, applicants are advised to contact their funding organisation(s) as listed in the annex documents for the call.

Call Documents

Call Documents – Funding Annexes

Annex Country Funding Agency Abbr. Funding Agency Funding Agency Website
Annex Canada NSERC Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca
Annex Denmark DAFSHE Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education ufm.dk
Annex France ANR National Research Agency anr.fr/Belmont-Arctique-2019
Annex Iceland RANNIS Icelandic Center for Research www.rannis.is
Annex Japan JST Japan Science and Technology Agency www.jst.go.jp
Annex The Netherlands NWO Netherlands Polar Programme (NPP) of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). www.nwo.nl/en/documents/ nwo/legal/nwo-grant-rules-1-may-2017
Annex Norway RCN Research Council of Norway www.forskningsradet.no
Annex Russia RFBR Russian Foundation for Basic Research www.rfbr.ru
Annex Sweden Formas Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning www.formas.se
Annex United States BOEM U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) www.boem.gov
Annex United States NSF National Science Foundation nsf.gov

Transdisciplinary Research for Ocean Sustainability

Transdisciplinary Research for Ocean Sustainability
(Oceans 2018)

This CRA call aims to contribute to the overall challenge of ocean sustainability, using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) as the overall framework.

This call encourages global partnerships of academics and non-academics to address one or more of the following topics:

  • Pathways toward a sustainable and equitable use of oceans
  • Accounting for and minimizing impacts of global change

This call aims to support medium-size research projects with a direction of three to four years, with a recommended budget of up to €1.5 million. Note that some contributions are in-kind. See organizational annexes for specific constraints and requirements of your funding organization(s). Projects are expected to start in 2020.

Call Documents

Call Documents – Funding Annexes

Annex Country Funding Agency Abbr. Funding Agency Funding Agency Website
Annex Australia CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation csiro.au
Annex Brazil FAPESP São Paulo Research Foundation www.fapesp.br
Annex France ANR National Research Agency www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr/RF
Annex Germany BMBF Federal Ministry of Education and Research www.ptj.de/projektfoerderung /mare-n/belmont-forum
Annex Iceland RANNIS Icelandic Centre for Research en.rannis.is/funding/research
Annex India MoES Ministry of Earth Sciences www.moes.gov.in
Annex Japan JST Japan Science and Technology Agency www.jst.go.jp/inter/english
Annex Norway RCN The Research Council of Norway www.forskningsradet.no
Annex Philippines DOST-PCIEERD Department of Science and Technology pcieerd.dost.gov.ph
Annex Russia RFBR Russian Foundation for Basic Research www.rfbr.ru/rffi/eng
Annex Saudi Arabia KAUST King Abdullah University of Science and Technology www.kaust.edu.sa/en
Annex South Africa NRF National Research Foundation www.nrf.ac.za
Annex Sweden FORMAS Swedish Research Council for Env, Agric Sci & Spatial Planning www.formas.se/en
Annex Sweden/African countries SIDA Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency www.sida.se
Annex United States/international BOEM Bureau of Ocean Energy Management www.boem.gov
Annex United States NSF National Science Foundation www.nsf.gov

Science-driven e-Infrastructure Innovation (SEI) for the Enhancement of Transnational, Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Data Use in Environmental Change

Science-driven e-Infrastructure Innovation
(SEI 2018)

This CRA targets initiatives that are well positioned to bring together environmental, social and economic scientists with data scientists, computational scientists, and e-infrastructure and cyber-infrastructure developers and providers for a shared goal: to solve methodological, technological and/or procedural challenges facing interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary environmental change research that involves working with large, diverse and transnational, multi-source data. The SEI CRA will closely link research thinking and technological innovation toward accelerating the full path of discovery-driven data use and open science. This will enable a broader scientific community to benefit from the identified new and potentially disruptive demonstrators or pilots toward solutions.

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Call Documents

Call Documents – Funding Annexes

Annex Country Funding Agency Abbr. Funding Agency Funding Agency Website
Annex Brazil FAPESP São Paulo Research Foundation www.fapesp.br
Annex Chinese Taipei MoST Ministry of Science and Technology www.most.gov.tw
Annex France ANR French National Research Agency www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr/RF
Annex Japan JST Japan Science and Technology Agency www.jst.go.jp
Annex USA NSF National Science Foundation nsf.gov

Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services II

Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services II
(Biodiversity II 2017)

The Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services II is a follow up to the first Belmont Forum Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services CRA.  This collaborative funding opportunity is a joint call with the Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA.

The Call will address the two following major (non-exclusive) priorities:

  • Development and application of scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services across spatial scales of relevance to multiple types of decisions
  • Consideration of multiple dimensions of biodiversity and ecosystem services in biodiversity scenarios

The call aims at supporting proposals that explicitly address a scenario dimension, taking into account the following definition of scenarios: “Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services are the outputs of the combination of scenarios of indirect drivers and direct drivers — such as land use change, invasive alien species, overexploitation, climate change or pollution — and models of impacts of these drivers on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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Call Documents

Call Documents – Funding Annexes


Transformations 2 Sustainability

Transformations 2 Sustainability
(T2S 2016)

The Transformations 2 Sustainability (T2S) is a collaborative funding program initiated by the Belmont Forum and the NORFACE Network.  The objectives of T2S are:

  • To develop an understanding of and promote research on transformations to sustainability, which are of significant social, economic and policy concern
  • To build capacity, overcome fragmentation and have a lasting impact on both society and the research landscape by cultivating durable research collaboration across multiple borders, disciplinary boundaries, and with practitioners and societal partners

Twelve transnational research projects have been recommended for funding, totaling 11.5 million euros, by the Belmont Forum and NORFACE joint programme Transformations to Sustainability (T2S). The twelve teams with 56 principal investigators will undertake research in transformations to sustainability areas ranging from groundwater, mining, urban areas and land-registration, to the role of migration and intellectual property rights in sustainability transitions. The projects involve researchers from a wide variety of disciplines working together across the globe, from Brazil to Sweden and from Japan to Burkina Faso.  More information on the funded projects will be announced when the awards have been finalized.

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Call Documents

Call Documents – Funding Annexes

Annex Country Funding Agency Abbr. Funding Agency Funding Agency Website
Annex Belgium-Flanders FWO Research Foundation Flanders www.fwo.be
Annex Belgium-Wallonia & Brussels Federation FNRS The Fund for Scientific Research www.frs-fnrs.be
Annex Brazil FAPESP São Paulo Research Foundation www.fapesp.br
Annex Chinese Taipei MOST Ministry of Science and Technology www.most.gov.tw
Annex Finland AKA Academy of Finland www.aka.fi
Annex France ANR National Research Agency www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr/RF
Annex Germany BMBF Federal Ministry of Education and Research www.ptj.de/projektfoerderung /mare-n/belmont-forum
Annex Ireland IRC Irish Research Council research.ie/funding/norface
Annex Japan JST Japan Science and Technology Agency www.jst.go.jp/inter/english
Annex Latvia VIAA State Education development agency viaa.gov.lv
Annex Luxembourg FNR Luxembourg National Research Fund fnr.lu/internation-cooperation-opportunities
Annex Netherlands NWO Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research www.nwo.nl
Annex Norway RCN Research Council of Norway www.forskningsradet.no
Annex Slovenia ARRS Slovenian Research Agency www.arrs.si/sl
Annex Sweden VR Vetenskapsrådet,Swedish Research Council www.vr.se
Annex Switzerland SNSF Swiss National Science Foundation www.snf.ch/en
Annex United Kingdom ESRC Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning www.esrc.ac.uk/t2s.
Annex USA NSF National Science Foundation nsf.gov
Annex Low- and lower-middle income countries ISSC International Social Science Council https://datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/
knowledgebase/articles/906519-world-bank-country-and -lending-groups

Food-Water-Energy Nexus / Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)

Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI) Food-Water-Energy Nexus Logo - Source: [Author Unknown]. SUGI Nexus Logo. Digital Image. [Source Unknown], [Date Published Unknown]

The Food-Water-Energy Nexus / Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI) is a joint call by the Belmont Forum and the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe to bring together the fragmented research and expertise across the globe to find innovative solutions to the Food-Water-Energy Nexus challenge.

The call seeks to develop more resilient, applied urban solutions to benefit a much wider range of stakeholders. The rapid urbanization of the world’s population underscores the importance of this focus. International partners are invited to develop solutions for this challenge.

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E-Infrastructures and Data Management

e-Infrastructures and Data Management Logo - Source: [Author Unknown]. e-Infrastructures and Data Management Logo. Digital Image. e-Infrastructures and Data Management Project, 2013

The call brought together domain scientists, computer and information scientists, legal scholars, social scientists, and other experts from more than fourteen countries to establish recommendations for how the Belmont Forum can implement a more coordinated, holistic and sustainable approach to the funding and support of global change research.

Resources


Climate Predictability and Inter-Regional Linkages

Climate Predictability and Inter-Regional Linkages
(Climate 2014)

This call aims to contribute to the overall challenge of developing climate services, with a focus on the role of inter-regional linkages in climate variability and predictability by addressing the following:

  • Understanding past and current variability and trends of regional extremes
  • Predictability of near‐future variability and trends of regional extremes
  • Co-construction of near-term forecast products with users

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Call Documents

Call Documents – Funding Annexes

Annex Country Funding Agency Abbr. Funding Agency Funding Agency Website
Annex Austria BMWFW Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics era.gv.at/object/document/1671
Annex Brazil FAPESP São Paulo Research Foundation www.fapesp.br
Annex China NSFC National Natural Science Foundation of China www.nsfc.gov.cn
Annex France ANR National Research Agency www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr/RF
Annex Germany BMBF Federal Ministry of Education and Research www.bmbf.de/en/index.html
Annex India MoES Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India www.moes.gov.in
Annex Japan JST / MEXT Japan Science and Technology Agency / Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology www.jst.go.jp
Annex Norway RCN Research Council of Norway www.forskningsradet.no
Annex Qatar QNRF Qatar National Research Fund www.qnrf.org
Annex Sweden FORMAS Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning www.formas.se/en
Annex The Netherlands NWO Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research www.nwo.nl/en
Annex United Kingdom NERC Natural Environment Research Council nerc.ukri.org

Mountains as Sentinels of Change

Mountains as Sentinels of Change
(Mountains 2015)

The Mountains as Sentinels of Change call aimed at fostering research on climate, environmental and related societal change in mountain regions by facilitating research with respect to the following:

  • Drivers of change
  • Ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Water
  • Hazards, vulnerability and risks
  • Adaptation and resilience

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Call Documents

Call Documents – Funding Annexes

Annex Country Funding Agency Abbr. Funding Agency Funding Agency Website
Annex Brazil FAPESP São Paulo Research Foundation www.fapesp.br/en
Annex China NSFC Natural Science Foundation of China www.nsfc.gov.cn
Annex France ANR National Research Agency www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr
Annex Germany DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft www.dfg.de
Annex Italy CNR-DTA Department of Earth System Science and Environmental Technologies (DTA) of the National Research Council (CNR) www.dta.cnr.it/index.php/en
Annex United States NSF National Science Foundation nsf.gov

Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability

Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability
(Arctic 2014)

The purpose of this call was to develop projects that utilize existing arctic observing systems, datasets and models to evaluate key sustainability challenges and opportunities in the arctic region across one or more of four possible themes:

  • The natural and living environment
  • The built environment and infrastructures
  • Natural resource management and development
  • Governance

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Call Documents

Call Documents – Funding Annexes

Annex Country Funding Agency Abbr. Funding Agency Funding Agency Website
Annex Canada NSERC Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca
Annex Canada SSHRC Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/home-accueil-eng.aspx
Annex China NSFC Natural Science Foundation of China www.nsfc.gov.cn
Annex France CNRS National Center for Scientific Research www.cnrs.fr
Annex France ANR National Research Agency www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr/RF
Annex Germany BMBF National Ministry for Education and Research www.bmbf.de
Annex Iceland RANNIS Icelandic Center for Research en.rannis.is
Annex India MoES Ministry of Earth Sciences www.moes.gov.in
Annex Italy CNR National Council of Research www.dta.cnr.it
Annex Japan JST Japan Science and Technology Agency www.jst.go.jp
Annex Norway RCN Research Council of Norway www.forskningsradet.no
Annex Norway NordForsk NordForsk www.nordforsk.org/en
Annex Russia RFBR Russian Foundation for Basic Research www.rfbr.ru
Annex United States BOEM U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) www.boem.gov
Annex United States NSF National Science Foundation nsf.gov

Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
(Biodiversity 2014)

This call stimulated networking and capacity building for innovative research across social and natural science disciplines.  Funded projects address the following:

  • Harmonizing and integrating development and application of biodiversity scenarios across spatial scales of relevance to multiple types of decisions
  • Harmonizing and integrating consideration of multiple dimensions of biodiversity and ecosystem services

Projects

Resources

Call Documents

Call Documents – Funding Annexes

Annex Country Funding Agency Abbr. Funding Agency Funding Agency Website
Annex Australia CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation www.csiro.au
Annex Brazil FAPESP São Paulo Research Foundation www.fapesp.br
Annex China NSFC National Natural Science Foundation of China www.nsfc.gov.cn
Annex France ANR National Research Agency www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr/RF
Annex Germany DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft www.dfg.de
Annex India MoES Ministry of Earth Sciences www.moes.gov.in
Annex Japan MEXT/JST Japan Science and Technology Agency www.jst.go.jp
Annex Norway RCN Research Council of Norway www.forskningsradet.no
Annex South Africa NRF National Research Foundation www.nrf.ac.za

Food Security and Land Use Change

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This call was designed to increase understanding of the dynamic spatial scale interactions between food security and land use.  The focus was on the following topics:

  • Land use change impacts on food systems
  • Food systems dynamics as driver of land use changes
  • Feedback loop interactions between land use change and food security dynamics

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Call Documents

Call Documents – Funding Annexes

Annex Country Funding Agency Abbr. Funding Agency Funding Agency Website
Annex Australia CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation www.csiro.au
Annex Brazil FAPESP São Paulo Research Foundation www.fapesp.br/belmontforum
Annex Cyprus RPF Research Promotion Foundation www.research.org.cy
Annex France ANR National Research Agency www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr/RF
Annex India MoES Ministry of Earth Sciences www.moes.gov.in
Annex Ireland Teagasc Agriculture and Food Development Authority www.teagasc.ie//
Annex ISRAEL MOARD Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development www.moag.gov.il
Annex Japan JST Japan Science and Technology Agency www.jst.go.jp
Annex The Netherlands WUR Wageningen University & Research www.wur.nl/
Annex Romania UEFISCDI Executive Unit for Financing Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation uefiscdi.gov.ro
Annex South Africa NRF National Research Foundation www.nrf.ac.za
Annex Switzerland SNSF Swiss National Science Foundation www.snf.ch/en/
Annex United Kingdom BBSRC/ESRC/NERC Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Economic and Social Research Council
NaturalEnvironment Research Council
bbsrc.ukri.org
esrc.ukri.org
nerc.ukri.org/
Annex United States NSF National Science Foundation nsf.gov

Coastal Vulnerability

Rocky Pacific Coast near Mendocino, California - Source: Schwartz, Jeffrey. Rocky Pacific Coast Near Mendocino, California. Digital Image. Shutterstock, [Date Published Unknown]

The purpose of this call was to promote the development, comparison and transfer of coastal scientific approaches. The focus was on the vulnerability, resilience and adaptation options of coastal societal, managed and natural systems to multiple drivers.

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Freshwater Security

Rice Irrigation Canal after Freshwater Inflow Plate from Mainland Ukraine - Source: Lesik, A. Rice Irrigation Canal After Freshwater Inflow Plate from Mainland Ukraine. Digital Image. Shutterstock, 2014

This call was created to address the following:

  • Identification and characterization of the interactions between natural processes and human practices that govern water budgeting in selected regions
  • Development of approaches that support the evolution of resilient communities/regions through improved seasonal forecasting of droughts, taking into account natural and socio-economic drivers

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