Belmont Forum, Future Earth and JPI Oceans Collaborative Research Action for ocean sustainability

The Belmont Forum*, Future Earth** and JPI Oceans, are working together to contribute to the overall challenge of ocean sustainability. They have launched a Collaborative Research Action (CRA) call aiming 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. The call has the UN Sustainable Development Goal no.14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) as overall framework. A total of 14 funders from 12 countries have committed in total circa EUR 16 million 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 the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), also researchers from Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Comoros and Madagascar are eligible for this call.

Because the challenge of ocean sustainability is complex, there is a need for integrated, interdisciplinary and cross sectoral approaches, bringing together natural and social sciences, as well as policymakers, resource managers, industries, citizens and other societal partners. Research consortia are invited that shall address one or both of the following topics:
Topic 1 – Pathways toward a sustainable and equitable use of oceans
Topic 2 – Accounting for and minimizing impacts of global change

The call aims to support medium-sized research projects with three to four years duration. A two-step process will apply, with a mandatory pre-registration of projects at the first step. Pre-registration closes on 31 January 2019.

Details of the call and the application process are provided via the Belmont Forum application portal.

*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. The aims of the Belmont Forum are encapsulated as the Belmont Challenge: To deliver knowledge needed for action to mitigate and adapt to detrimental environmental change and extreme hazardous events. In order to make progress against the Belmont Challenge and help deliver international collaboration, the Belmont Forum agreed to develop collaborative research actions (CRA’s).

**Future Earth is a a global programme with the mission to accelerate transformations to global sustainability through research and innovation.



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