This call for proposals jointly launched by the Belmont Forum and the Joint Programming Initiative "Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe" (JPI Climate) aims to contribute to the overall challenge of developing climate services with a focus on inter-regional linkages role in climate variability and predictability. A particular focus of interest is the drivers and mechanisms linking Poles & Monsoons for societal usefulness of climate services. Major impediments indeed still exist to having efficient climate services at regional and local level, because of little or poorly understood climate processes (in part caused by a paucity of observations), inadequate dissemination of scientific knowledge, conflicts between climatic and non-climatic stressors and lack of action by decision makers and the human society at large.
Projects should address one or more of the following topics:
Twelve countries participate in this call: Austria, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, Qatar, Sweden, The Netherlands and UK.
JPI Climate and Belmont Forum are seeking proposals from consortia consisting of partners from the participating countries as well as others. Consortia should preferably bring together different scientific disciplines to address the issues within the scope of the described call topics. They should be genuinely collaborative and demonstrate that more will be achieved by working together than by individual partners working on their own.
Within each selected consortium, funding of the participating researchers will be provided by their respective national funding organisations according to their normal terms and conditions for project funding. ANR will fund the French teams in the selected projects. Funding decisions will be made early 2016. The amount of public funding available for collaborative research projects through this call is estimated to approximately EUR 15 million.