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‘Mountains as Sentinels of Change’ – Call for funding pre-proposals now open

This call aims to foster research on climate, environmental, and related societal change in mountain regions, considering new measurements, recovery of existing data, and the development and use of integrated modelling strategies by adopting a strong trans- and inter-disciplinary approach.International consortia applying for funding should consist of partners eligible for funding from at least three of the participating agencies (ANR, France; CNR-DTA, Italy; DFG, Germany; FAPESP, Brazil; NSFC, China; and NSF, USA). Consortia may also include partners from countries not participating in the call. Within each selected consortium, funding of the participating researchers will be provided by their respective national funding organizations according to their normal terms and conditions for project funding. Funding decisions will be made in early 2016. The total funding available for collaborative research projects through this call is approximately EUR 8 million.

For more information about research themes, priorities of the participating funding agencies, and how to apply, please refer to the Belmont Forum website. Pre-proposals are due 1 June 2015.

A research matching application is available to all researchers interested in the IOF Call. To register, basic information will be required including discipline, area of expertise, and a 1-2 sentence summary of topical interest within the IOF theme. This database is available now on this website and searchable for those interested in finding a collaborator with a certain background or within a specific topic area. All researchers should please consider registering for this service.

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 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.