Future Earth works with funders to shape joint research calls and grants for global sustainability.

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To learn more about our recent and upcoming activities and opportunities, please contact us at: contact@futureearth.org.


The Program for Early-stage Grants Advancing Sustainability Science (PEGASuS) seeks to increase knowledge, promote innovation, and establish evidence-based solutions to the world’s most difficult sustainability challenges. PEGASuS brings together researchers from different disciplines and across borders to take creative approaches to exploring the relationships between people and the planet. The ultimate goal is to generate self-sustaining research projects that have real-world impacts on the health and wellbeing of human societies. In 2017, Future Earth announced the first round of PEGASuS grants, focusing on biodiversity and natural assets.

PEGASuS is funded in part by:

PEGASuS is jointly administered by:

Belmont Forum Collaboration

Future Earth is a strategic partner of the Belmont Forum, a collection of 25+ funding collaborates with the Belmont Forum, a partnership of funding organizations. We are the only partner of the Belmont Forum mandated to scope and co-design Collaborative Research Actions – research calls that are developed through a two-year process of co-design first with research communities around the world, and then with Belmont Forum funding groups. This work has mobilized 10s of millions of Euros in transdisciplinary research funding focused on topics that include Ocean Sustainability (Launched in 2018) and Climate, Environment and Health research (Phase one Launched in 2019).

We are currently scoping two other topics:

  1. Global Change and Human Migration
  2. Systems of Sustainable Production and Consumption

For more information on ongoing both of these scoping processes, please contact Craig Starger.

For more information about funding opportunities through the Belmont Forum Program:

SDG Labs

Future Earth, together with partners, has created the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Labs – a global, competitive call for innovative solutions to complex sustainability challenges – that are seeded at a small, “prototype” scale, that display capacity to be scaled up. Here are some examples:

Labs are seeded at a prototype scale, and display capacity to be scaled-up. A typical SDG Lab consists of a team of researchers, community leaders and entrepreneurs from one country or region, who come together for a limited time to create social, ecological, or technological innovations addressing the SDGs, using both academic and traditional knowledge. This group comes together for a limited time to address social, ecological, or technological innovations, or, more likely, a combination of all three.

The first round of 10 funded SDG Labs were set up for the International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS) held in Stockholm, 2017.  The second round of 13 Africa-focused labs were presented at the Seedbeds of Transformation Conference held in South Africa, 2018.

European Space Agency Collaboration

Future Earth partners with the European Space Agency (ESA) to encourage new and innovative ways of using satellite Earth observation data to support transformations towards sustainability. The partnership strengthens Future Earth’s links with the remote sensing community and ensures that ESA’s strategic direction is guided by robust science from Future Earth.