Call for applications: Sustainable Development Goal Labs

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New effort will provide seed funding for projects to develop innovative solutions for complex challenges in sustainability, such as inequality, the global food system or ecosystem services. Apply by 10 February.

Future Earth and the Stockholm Resilience Centre are launching a call for applications for Sustainable Development Goal Labs (SDG Labs). These labs will bring together participants from a range of research disciplines and sectors of society, including media and communications, to develop prototype solutions for complex problems connected to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They will contribute to two upcoming events: the Resilience 2017 conference and the International Conference on Sustainability Science, which will be held back-to-back in Stockholm from 21 to 26 August 2017.

The organisers of the new call for SDG Labs are seeking “brilliant ideas with the potential to make major breakthroughs on the SDGs.” The deadline for applications to run a lab is 10 February 2017.

To learn more about this call or how to apply, see the background briefing and application guidelines.

The SDG Labs are multi-stakeholder processes to catalyse transformation in institutions, systems and sectors of society, such as the global food system, international governance, inequality and poverty or ecosystem services. The goal of this effort is to build innovations that can fundamentally change the systems that created the problem in the first place. The labs may focus on social, ecological or technological innovations or, more likely, a combination of the three.

The organisers plan to provide up to 5,000 USD in seed funding for 5 to 7 labs. The labs can take place anywhere in the world but must be held before 21 August 2017. The outcomes of the labs will be presented at a special science-policy session of the two conferences in Stockholm on 24 August 2017. The vision of the organisers is for the labs to feed into the UN’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2018, which has the theme of “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.”