The Belmont Forum and JPI-Climate have launched a call for proposals on climate predictability and inter-regional linkages (drivers and mechanisms linking Poles & Monsoons for societal usefulness of climate services).
This call aims to contribute to the overall challenge of developing climate services with a focus on the role of inter-regional linkages in climate variability and predictability. Major impediments to efficient climate services at regional and local level still exist 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 society at large.
Given the complexity and scope of these challenges and the potential benefits of research under this call, project proposals should demonstate a research need for international and regional coordination. Research consortia must be supported by at least three participating partner agencies with at least one outside of Europe. This call aims to support medium-size research projects of 3-4 years duration, and recommends a budget of between 1 and 3 M€.
The Belmont Forum
The Belmont Forum is a high level group of the world’s major and emerging funders of global environmental change research and international science councils. Please visit http://igfagcr.org for more information. The Belmont Forum is a member of Future Earth's Governing Council.
Current members of the Belmont Forum are: Australia, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO); Brazil, Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP); China, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC); France, National Alliance for Environmental Research (Allenvi), National Research Agency (ANR); Germany, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF); European Commission, DG Research; India, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MOES); International Council for Science (ICSU); International Social Sciences Council (ISSC); Italy, CNR-DTA; Japan, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Techology (MEXT); Norway, Research Council of Norway (RCN); South Africa, NRF; Sweden, Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS); UK, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the USA, National Science Foundation (NSF). Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) are Associate Members. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is a Partner. Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research (BMWF) and Belgian Federal Public Planning Service Science Policy (BELSPO) are Observers.
JPI Climate is a collaboration between 14 European countries to coordinate jointly their climate research and fund new transnational research initiatives. Transnational coordination of the research base aims to overcome research fragmentation, to make better use of public R&D resources and to facilitate cross border collaboration between top scientists. JPI Climate connects scientific disciplines, enables cross-border research and increases science-practice interaction. By doing this, it is expected that JPI climate significantly contribute to underpinning the European efforts to respond to climate change.