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.
Proposing consortia shall address at least two of seven interconnected elements of resilience as described in the Arctic Resilience Report of the Arctic Council: natural, social, financial, cultural and human capitals; infrastructure; and knowledge. Given the complexity and scope of the challenges, research consortia must be truly transdisciplinary, thus including researchers from: a) social sciences/humanities/economy and b) natural sciences/technology, as well as c) societal partners (i.e. citizens, civil society organizations), using a co-design, co-development and co-implementation approach.
Funders from 10 countries have committed resources for this call: Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and USA. The call aims to support medium-sized research projects with 3 to 4 years duration, with a recommended budget of up to 1.5 M€ each.
Resilience in a Rapidly Changing Arctic encourages international cooperation by requiring that projects are eligible for award by at least three of the funders supporting the call. Partners that are not eligible for funding through this call can participate in the research project at their own expense. Please ensure that your project theme is compliant with funding specifications by contacting the listed Organizational Contact Points in the relevant organizational annex documents for this call.
Proposing consortia seeking partners to meet the transdisciplinary or transnational requirements are encouraged to utilize existing Arctic and other networks to build their project teams, such as the Future Earth Open Network (members.futureearth.org/home), the International Arctic Science Council, IASC (https://iasc.info) or the International Arctic Social Sciences Association, IASSA (https://iassa.org) among others.
Deadline for proposals is on 14 June 2019.
Applications shall be submitted via the Belmont Forum application portal https://bfgo.org.
Details of the call and the application process are provided via the application portal https://bfgo.org and the Belmont Forum web site: https://belmontforum.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.