The Belmont Forum, in collaboration with Future Earth and JPI Oceans has launched the previously pre-announced Collaborative Research Action (CRA) call aimed at at bringing together researchers and other expertise across the globe to innovate solutions to accelerate sustainable use of oceans and minimize the effects from global change. A two-step proposal process will apply, with an initial pre-registration stage followed by the submission of invited full proposals.
A total of 14 funders from 12 countries have committed in total circa €15M 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 SIDA, also researchers from Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Comoros and Madagascar are eligible for this call.
This call aims to support medium-sized research projects with 3 to 4 years duration, with a recommended budget of up to 1.5 M€. Applicants should note that some contributions are in-kind, and interested participants should consult the individual annex of the relevant funding agency for their respective detailed eligibility requirements.
Topic 1 – Pathways toward a sustainable and equitable use of oceans
This topic focuses on the environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts of living and non-living resource extraction (e.g. fisheries, aquaculture, dredging, mining of sand and minerals), and non-extractive industries (e.g. shipping, tourism). Research in this area should address the impacts of economic activities on ecosystems, human societies including human health and well-being, cultures and economies, as well as the capacities of social systems to respond to these impacts.
Topic 2 – Accounting for and minimizing impacts of global change
Our capacity to sustainably use the oceans depends on our understanding of the multi-scale changes in ocean systems, and the additive or synergistic effects of the multiple causes of these changes. Applications addressing this topic should include research on the interactions between stressors, such as climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, deoxygenation and food scarcity; biological processes such as range shifts and biodiversity changes; and ocean dynamics, such as circulation, temperature, and sea level changes.
A key criterion is for research consortia to be supported financially by at least three participating partner agencies from three different countries. Consortia are encouraged to demonstrate geographic diversity and must be truly transdisciplinary. This should entail using a co-design, co-development and co-implementation approach to bring together researchers from:
- Social sciences/humanities/economy,
- Natural sciences/technology, and
- Societal partners such as citizens, industry and civil society organizations.
The European Commission supports the CRA through the regular Horizon 2020 calls BG-07-2018-2019 and BG-08-2018-2019. CRA Proposals are invited to include appropriate Horizon 2020 projects in clusters to ensure appropriate links.
How to apply
All call documents, including guidelines for applicants and national/regional requirements, and the submission portal can be found at the Belmont Forum Grant Operations website. Details of the call and the application process are presented on the Belmont Forum web site, where you can also find links to training modules for proposers. Before starting to prepare proposals, applicants are advised to contact their National Contact Points as listed in the annex documents for the call.
The pre-registration stage will close on 31 January 2019. Submission of invited proposals for the second stage will take place between April and August 2019.