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Belmont Forum BiodivERsA Call on Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

The results of the joint Belmont Forum - BiodivERsA Call on Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services were announced on July 13, 2018. To learn more, consult the This link will take you to another Web site BiodivERsA website.

Call for Proposals

Overview
Award and Duration NSERC has set aside up to Can$300,000 per year over three years for this initiative, with funding of up to Can$75,000 per project over three years.
Application Deadline December 1, 2017 - Pre-registration (Mandatory)
March 9, 2018 - Full Application
How to Apply See below
For More Information See below

Introduction

Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA

The This link will take you to another Web site Belmont Forum is a high-level group of the world’s major and emerging funders of global environmental change research and international science councils. It aims to accelerate delivery of the international environmental research most urgently needed to remove critical barriers to sustainability by aligning and mobilizing international resources. The aims of the Belmont Forum are detailed in a This link will take you to another Web site White Paper, and 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 (CRAs). The principles of the CRAs are to:

  • address the Belmont Challenge priorities (i.e., societally relevant global environmental change challenges);
  • lever Belmont Forum members’ existing investments through international added value;
  • bring together new partnerships of natural scientists, social scientists and users.

BiodivERsA is a network of national and regional funding organisations promoting pan-European research on biodiversity, ecosystem services and Nature-based Solutions, and offering innovative opportunities for the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity. It is funded under the Horizon 2020 ERA-NET Co-fund scheme.

NSERC, along with 21 other members of the Belmont Forum, will be participating in the Belmont Forum - BiodivERsA joint call on Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

This initiative encourages integrated teams of natural and social scientists, as well as stakeholders, to develop projects that promote innovative research for wiser decision-making by developing scenarios of biodiversity change and its associated ecosystem services, resulting from the complex interaction of socio-economic changes and global environmental changes. It focuses on foresight views up to the next 50 years for management of biodiversity, ecosystem services and their contributions to human well-being.

The two major priorities of the Call are the following:

  • Development and application of scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services across spatial scales of relevance to multiple types of decisions.
  • Consideration of multiple dimensions of biodiversity and ecosystem services in biodiversity scenarios.

For its part, NSERC will provide direct funding to eligible Canadian researchers to participate in small collaboration and synthesis grants related to their activities in funded projects in the natural sciences and engineering related to the above themes.

Further information about the competition and application process is available on the This link will take you to another Web site Belmont Forum and This link will take you to another Web site BiodivERsA websites.

This collaborative research action is administered by the This link will take you to another Web site Agence nationale de la recherche.

Contact

Sylvie Roy
Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 1H5
Tel.: 613-947-5636
Email: sylvie.roy@nserc-crsng.gc.ca