Call for Funding Proposals: Transformations to Sustainability
Transformations to Sustainability is a new global research funding programme implemented by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and intended to make a major contribution to the work of Future Earth. This preparatory call for seed funding will support up to 30 proposals of up to €30,000 per successful proposal, and will be followed by an open call for proposals for Transformative Knowledge Networks that will each receive up to €300,000 per year over a three-year period.
Transformations to Sustainability
will promote research on the fundamental and innovative processes of social transformations needed to secure effective, equitable and durable solutions to some of today’s most urgent problems of global change and sustainability, including climate change, biodiversity loss, water and food security, energy production and consumption, poverty and growing inequalities.
The programme will support researchers from the social, behavioural and economic sciences to take the lead in developing international Transformative Knowledge Networks that will bring together researchers from different disciplines and fields of science. Networks will focus on the needs and opportunities for social transformation in concrete contexts of application, and will engage stakeholders in the co-design and co-production of solutions-oriented knowledge and the development of networks of knowledge exchange and mutual learning.
A full description of this programme is available for download
. This call will be implemented by the ISSC, and the deadline for submissions is 31 May 2014
. The open call for Transformative Knowledge Networks will be issued towards the end of October 2014. The ISSC anticipates implementing this call in partnership with the Belmont Forum
Call for Funding Proposals: Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability
The Belmont Forum, a group of international science funders, has released a call for proposals on Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability. Grants of between €200,000 and €1 million are available for interdisciplinary, multinational research projects.
In recent decades, the Arctic has undergone rapid change – a dramatic decline in sea ice extent and volume, extensive erosion of sections of the Arctic coastline, permafrost thawing, shifting migration patterns of both people and animals, a growing demand for oil and energy infrastructure, and increased interest in seasonally ice-free intercontinental transport routes. These stressors, whether natural or human-induced, have elements of potential benefit and also possible harm for the Arctic system and human wellbeing.
This Call seeks to bring together integrated teams of natural scientists, social scientists and stakeholders to develop innovative approaches to these challenges and opportunities, and to support decision-making towards a sustainable Arctic environment.
For more information about research themes, eligibility, proposal submission documents, and to access the researcher matching tool, please visit the funding website
. The closing date for submission of proposals is 31 July 2014
Future Earth website launched
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