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Appendix 2

Overview of Belmont Forum CRA (Collaborative Research Action)
“Climate Predictability and Inter-Regional Linkages” and its Evaluation

1. Aims of the joint call

Climate Services aim at providing more reliable climate information for the near future (months to decades) relevant for local and regional users. Within this broad context, variability of polar and tropical systems affects a large proportion of the world population.

This call aims to contribute to the overall challenge of developing climate services with a focus on inter-regional linkages role in climate variability and predictability. Major impediments indeed still exist having efficient climate services at regional and local level, because of little or poorly understood climate processes (in part caused by a paucity of observations), inadequate dissemination of scientific knowledge, conflicts between climatic and non-climatic stressors and lack of action by decision makers and the human society at large.

2. Target research field

Projects should address one or more of the following topics:

3. Participating countries

Austria, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, Qatar, Sweden, the Netherlands and United Kingdom

4. Eligibility

The following were eligible to receive support through this call:

5. Research Period

6. Amount of Funding (including indirect costs)

7. Evaluation Process

Evaluation of proposals was conducted by an international Panel of Experts nominated by the Belmont Forum member organizations taking part in this joint call. The participating funding organizations then met to discuss the outcome of that evaluation and jointly decided on the projects to select for funding.

8. Evaluation Criteria

The following Belmont Forum CRA general criteria were applied in evaluation of each proposal:

(1) Quality/Intellectual Merit

(2) Fit to call objectives (including user engagement and societal/broader impacts)

(3) Personnel/Quality of the Consortium (and Trans-disciplinarity for topic 3)

[For topics 1, 2 and 3]:
[Additional item if topic 3 addressed]:

(4) Resources and Management

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