newAnnouncement of opportunity for the Belmont Forum, Future Earth and JPI Oceans co-branded Collaborative Research Action on Transdisciplinary Research for Ocean Sustainability (CRA Ocean sustainability)

Established in 2009, the Belmont Forum is a partnership of funding organizations, international science councils, and regional consortia committed to the advancement of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary science. It was primarily created with an aim to identify study and deliver international environmental research priorities, for the society, in an accelerated way through transnational research collaboration and alignment of international resources. The Belmont forum has major funding agencies from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, European Commission, France, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, South Africa, UK, USA etc as its members. Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) represents India as a member of the Belmont Forum.

Forum operations are guided by the Belmont Challenge, a vision document that encourages:

International transdisciplinary research providing knowledge for understanding, mitigating and adapting to global environmental change.

With an aim to integrate the existing knowledge and improve the understanding of the impacts, vulnerabilities and risks of environmental change through development of joint projects among member countries, the Belmont forum member countries have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and identified a few Collaborative Research Action (CRA) points which will provide opportunities for the international research community to add value to their existing investments, by developing transnational projects. Following Cabinet approval, MoES also signed the MoU with the Belmont Forum member countries on 27th February 2013, to support Indian Scientists for international collaborative research through joint calls in the area of global environmental change and extreme hazardous events.

Since its establishment, the Forum successfully led ten calls for proposals, supporting 92 projects and more than 1000 scientists and stakeholders, representing over 35 countries on 6 continents. Themes addressed by CRAs have included Freshwater Security, Coastal Vulnerability, Food Security and Land Use Change, Climate Predictability and Inter-Regional Linkages, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Arctic Observing and Science for Sustainability, and Mountains as Sentinels of Change. New themes are developed through a scoping process and made available for proposals through the Belmont Forum website. Each proposal submitted to a CRA theme imust consist of a project co-developed by natural scientists, social scientists, and stakeholders that hail from at least three countries.

Details on the Belmont Forum can be seen at

Partner Countries: 
Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, European Commission, France, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, South Africa, UK, and USA
Last Updated On 11/27/2018 - 12:12
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