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NEW! Transdisciplinary Research for Ocean Sustainability

Oct. 29, 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

All call documents, including guidelines for applicants, eligibility requirements, and the submission portal can be found at the Belmont Forum Grant Operations website.

Fourteen funding organisations from 12 countries have committed more than €15 million of cash and in-kind resources for this call: Brazil, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Japan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, and USA. Through the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), researchers from Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Comoros and Madagascar are also eligible for this call.

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.

Development of research consortia, supported financially by at least three participating partner organizations established in three different countries, is a key criterion. We encourage global geographic diversity to increase the scalability and applicability of the project outcomes. Consortium partners that are not eligible for funding from any of the participating funding agencies can participate in the research project at their own expense. Research consortia must address one or both topics described above.

Given the complexity and scope of the challenges, research consortia must be truly transdisciplinary, thus including researchers from: a) social sciences/humanities/economy and b) natural sciences/technology, as well as c) societal partners (i.e. citizens, industry, civil society organizations), using a co-design, co-development and co-implementation approach.

Proposals should also clearly demonstrate the added value linked to the international nature of the projects and to the level of collaboration between teams from different countries.

A two-step process will apply, with a mandatory pre-registration of projects at the first step, and submission of invited full proposals at the second step. Pre-registrations and full proposals must be written in English and submitted electronically via the Belmont Forum Grant Operations website: http://bfgo.org.

Proposals will be evaluated according to criteria of (i) scientific excellence, (ii) policy relevance and societal impact (which includes stakeholder engagement), and (iii) quality and efficiency of the project implementation.

Each research Partner in a project must comply with the eligibility criteria and rules of its funding organisation.

Before starting to prepare proposals, applicants are advised to contact their National Contact Points as listed in the annex documents for the call.

Opening of call for pre-registration (mandatory): Monday 29 October, 2018
Deadline for pre-registration (mandatory): Thursday 31 January 2019
Opening of call for invited full proposals: April 2019
Closing of call for invited full proposals: August 2019

Collaborative Research Actions

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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This flow chart provides an overview of the CRA development process.  For more information on the Belmont Forum process, please see the proposal process and award milestones flow charts.

Award Eligibility

  • Every proposal must include natural scientists, social scientists and stakeholders.
  • There must be collaborators from at least three different countries on each proposal.
  • Researchers from countries who are not funding agencies are not Belmont Forum members must submit their own monetary resources or in-kind funding.
  • Only one proposal is submitted per team.

Application Site and Process

Application systems and processes may vary from call-to-call.  Many of our current and prior calls can be found at the Belmont Forum Grants Operations (BFGO) website.  Please carefully review the materials for each specific call when preparing a proposal.

This proposal process flow chart provides an overview of the call, selection and funding  procedures for application submissions.  To learn more about the Belmont Forum process, please see the CRA development process and award mIlestones flow charts.

If you are interested in learning more about the application process, please watch this short video below that highlights eligibility requirements as well as the proposal and award process for our collaborative research actions.

Calls in Progress

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

 

This SEI 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.

Website: www.bfgo.org

Landslides and floods, triggered by torrential rain from last week, hit dramatically Japan. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-44775627  Researchers are actively mobilized in the national emergency response.  As a result, the SEI call deadline is extended to Monday 23th July at 5 p.m. (CEST).

Previous Calls

Transformations 2 Sustainability

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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.

T2S Call for Proposals
Proposal Instructions
Full Proposal Template
Programme Text
Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

SUGI/FWE Nexus projects

A total of 88 proposals were successfully submitted in the first evaluation phase and from these a total of 40 proposals were invited for the full proposal stage. In November 2017 these proposals were assessed by an expert panel. Information about the selected projects will be published on the JPI Urban Europe and Belmont Forum web sites and in other channels once the awards are finalized. The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy Nexus projects will start during the first half of 2018.

Proposal Form
Informational Flyer
PowerPoint Presentation
Introductory Webinar
Frequently Asked Questions
National Contact Points
Transdisciplinary Training Workshops (US-based applicants)

Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services II

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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.”

Climate Predictability and Inter-Regional Linkages

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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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Mountains as Sentinels of Change

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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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Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability

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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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Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

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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

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E-Infrastructures and Data Management

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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.

Strategy and Implementation Plan

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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Coastal Vulnerability

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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

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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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