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Transformations to sustainability: a multilateral Joint Call for Proposals soon to be launched

ANR is associated to a new funding programme “Transformations to sustainability” (T2S) initiated by the Belmont Forum and NORFACE network. On this occasion, a call for proposals including funding agencies of 14 countries will be launched in December. The aim of the call is to encourage international and transdisciplinary projects on the topic of transformations to sustainability.

Climate change, environmental degradation and resource pressures have created unprecedented situations for societies worldwide. Conventional knowledge and capacity building to tackle the challenges associated with sustainability have proven inadequate, and a comprehensive and concerted research initiative is needed to boost research on transformations to sustainability that can act as a catalyst for new kinds of solutions to environmental and social challenges. T2S is then a new funding programme initiated by the Belmont Forum and NORFACE network in order to support international and transdisciplinary projects.

An international call for proposals open in December

The programme is supported by funding agencies from the following countries: Belgium, Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA. More information on the participation of Norway will be posted as soon as possible. Support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme may also be available for this programme. The call themes are the following:

1. Governance and institutional dimensions of transformations to sustainability
2. Economy and finance of transformations to sustainability
3. Well-being, quality of life, identity, and social and cultural values in relation to transformations to sustainability

Proposals for innovative research addressing one or more of these themes are encouraged. The description of the three themes gives a clear indication of areas that are seen as priorities. However, it is expected that applicants will develop these areas. In addition, applicants are invited to consider linkages across the themes and to reflect upon one or both of the following cross-cutting issues: conceptual aspects of transformation processes and methodological innovation. Co-production of knowledge and research problem formulation is considered to be critical to the process of societal transformation. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to include stakeholder or community-based partners in their projects.

Consortia composition rules

A project team must involve at least three national research teams, eligible for the funding from three different T2S funders. Researchers from at least two eligible European funders (Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom) and one non-European funder (Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Japan, USA) should be involved in a consortium. Inclusion of stakeholder or community-based partners is encouraged. National teams are subject to budget limitations set by their national funding agency/agencies. Researchers in non-European countries (Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Japan, USA) may be consortium leaders. Each consortium should be led by a social scientist and should also include researchers from other disciplines including e.g. natural sciences and technical sciences insofar as it is relevant for the research questions and the researchers are eligible for funding according to national eligibility requirements. Each proposal can request up to 1.5m euros for a maximum project duration of three years. Applicants (regardless of country base) may participate in no more than two proposals and in only one proposal as Principal Investigator.

Submission Process

The official Launch of the Call for Outline Proposals is expected to be released in December 2016. All submissions must be made online via the Belmont Forum online proposal portal (www.bfgo.org). Each submitted proposal will go through a two-stage (Outline Proposal and Final Proposal) evaluation process. Please check the NORFACE website and Belmont Forum website.

More Information

The Belmont Forum
The Belmont Forum brings together the senior representatives of the principal funding agencies across the world and tackles challenges related to global environmental change. It is an informal structure including G8 and BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa). It launches joint call for proposals and ANR manages its Secretariat since 2015.

NORFACE network (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe) is a collaborative partnership of national research funding agencies from 18 European countries in social and behavioral sciences. It launches regular transnational calls for proposals since its creation in 2004.




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