Opportunities

Open Calls

Disaster Risk, Reduction and Resilience

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


Resilience in Rapidly Changing Arctic Systems

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.

Deadline for proposals is on 20 June 2019.

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


Other Opportunities

Belmont Forum External Evaluation – Request for Proposals – Due 22 July 2019

The Belmont Forum requests proposals for an external evaluation comprising two focal areas:

1. Delivery of the CRAs

This area focuses on the scientific, policy-relevant, and other transformational aspects of the funded projects by the Belmont Forum. The evaluation should assess the added value of the full portfolio of Belmont Forum projects to determine whether the transnational, transdisciplinary collaborations are meeting the Belmont Forum Challenge. This part of the evaluation may require an exploration of what added value is expected from members and partners participating in the CRA, particularly as it relates to leveraged investment, increasing interdisciplinary knowledge, supporting knowledge to action, engaging relevant stakeholders in co-creation, informing decision-making, transforming practice, or contributing to more effective policy.

Evaluation of CRA delivery should also explore whether the funding announcements themselves are being developed thoughtfully and managed efficiently to maximize the potential partnerships, encourage transdisciplinary and transnational proposals, and deliver outcomes. Is the process inclusive, efficient, accessible to new partners, and does the CRA language, publicity, and engagement process elicit the types of proposals that would meet the Belmont Forum Challenge?

2. Organizational function

The second focal area is the function of the Belmont Forum itself. This evaluation should look at the growth of the Forum, its governance, and the efficacy of its structures to deliver on that governance. This area would include an evaluation of internal and external communication, engagement, functional roles, transparency, and longevity.

Read the full Request for Proposals


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Opportunities Under Review

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

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.

Opening of call for pre-registration (mandatory): 29 October, 2018
Deadline for pre-registration (mandatory): 31 January 2019
Opening of call for invited full proposals: 20 May 2019
Closing of call for invited full proposals: 27 August 2019

Call Documents


Climate, Environment and Health

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.

  • Deadline for Expression of Interest: 06 May 2019, 16:00 GMT
  • Deadline for full proposals:             23 July 2019, 16:00 GMT

Call Documents

Previous Calls

For a full list of Collaborative Research Actions, visit the CRAs page.

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.

  • 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.

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.