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January 09, 2015
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
5-3, Yonbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8666

JST to fund new Belmont Forum*1 projects in the 2013 and 2014 Collaborative Research Actions*2

On 9th January 2015, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) announced that they would commence support to 4 jointly selected projects in total in the “Food Security and Land Use Change” 2013 CRA and in the “Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” 2014 CRA, within the framework of the Belmont Forum International Opportunities Fund.

In the 2013 CRA there were 12 Type 1 proposals (Networking type) and 34 Type 2 proposals (Medium- to long-term integrated research type) submitted in response to the call, and 1 project of each type was selected for funding (See Appendix 1). The Type 1 project has been supported since May 2014 and support to the Type 2 project will begin in February 2015. The support period is eighteen months (about 15 million JPY for the total period) for the Type1 project and three years (approximately 15 million JPY per year) for the Type2 project.

In the 2014 CRA there were a total of 9 proposals submitted in response to the call, and 2 projects were selected for funding (See Appendix 2). Research funding to the projects will begin in April 2015, and will continue for a period of two years (approximately 7 million JPY for the total period per project).

For full details please see the following web page:

URL: http://www.jst.go.jp/inter/sicp/country/belmont-forum.html

*1 Belmont Forum:
The Belmont Forum (established in 2009) is a 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 environmental research needed to remove critical barriers to sustainability by aligning and mobilizing international resources.
Belmont Forum homepage: http://www.igfagcr.org/belmont-forum
*2 Collaborative Research Action (CRA):
Collaborative Research Actions (CRAs) are Belmont Forum activities, often including a multilateral joint call for proposals, which are set in parallel in various research fields each year. Joint calls are conducted by funding agencies from participating countries and the proposals received are jointly evaluated. Researchers involved in selected projects are supported by the participating funding agencies from their respective countries.

Appendices

Appendix 1: Belmont Forum 2013 CRA (Collaborative Research Action) “Food Security and Land Use Change” List of Funded Projects (Type1 and Type2)

Appendix 2: Belmont Forum 2014 CRA (Collaborative Research Action) “Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” List of Funded Projects

Appendix 3: Overview of the Belmont Forum 2013 CRA (Collaborative Research Action) “Food Security and Land Use Change” and its Evaluation

Appendix 4: Overview of the Belmont Forum 2014 CRA (Collaborative Research Action) “Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” and its Evaluation

Contact

Soichi Kubota (Mr.), Martin Gadsden (Mr.) and Hisaya.Kakiuchi (Dr.)
Department of International Affairs, JST
K’s Gobancho, 7, Gobancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0076
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