The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), in order to promote international research interaction and exchange among researchers in Japan, and as a part of its involvement in the Belmont Forum, is accepting proposals for collaborative research networking projects in the field of “scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services”.
The Belmont Forum is an international group of funding agencies and scientific organisations that are involved in support of global environmental change research, that aims to further accelerate and develop work in that field by mobilizing researchers and funding through international cooperation, in order to tackle the various challenges facing the sustainability of human society. The activities of the Belmont Forum comprise strengthening engagement among global research communities and improving coordination of strategies, priorities and funding of global change research.
Each year, the Belmont Forum conducts Collaborative Research Actions (CRA - often including a call for proposals) in parallel, in various fields. CRAs were launched for the first time in 2012 in the research fields of “freshwater security” and “coastal vulnerability”, and in 2013 a CRA in the field of “food security and land-use change” was carried out.
For more information on the Belmont Forum, please visit their website:
As part of its CRA activities for 2014, the Belmont Forum is launching a joint call for research proposals in the field of “scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services”, in which it will accept proposals for multi-lateral (involving contributions from 3 or more countries) collaborative research networking and exchange projects. Following joint evaluation of proposals, selected projects will be jointly funded by the participating agencies.
For full call details, please visit the main Belmont Forum call page, and refer to the Japanese translation of the main call text below:：
The following 9 research funding agencies, representing 9 countries, are participating in this call:
* [Important] United States(NSF) and Austria(FWF) are found not to participate in this call.
|Country||Research Funding Agency|
|Australia||The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)|
|Brazil||The Foundation for Research Support of the State of Sao Paulo (FAPESP)|
|China||The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)|
|France||The National Research Agency (ANR)|
|Germany||The German Research Foundation (DFG)|
|India||The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES)|
|Japan||Japan Science and Technology Agency （JST）|
|Norway||The Research Council of Norway (RCN)|
|South Africa||The National Research Foundation (NRF)|
(Current as of April 2014. For the updated list, please refer to the main Belmont Forum call page.)
Friday 2nd May 2014 until Thursday 3rd July 2014, 12:59 (Japan time)*
Proposals should be jointly drafted by your team and jointly submitted electronically to the Belmont Forum. All call documents, proposal forms and instructions can be downloaded from the Belmont Forum Grant Operations website, which also serves as the online submission portal:
Researchers from Japan do not need to submit a separate application form to JST, but they will have to register their application on the Cross Ministerial R&D Management System (e-Rad).
For further Japanese application instructions and guidance, please refer to the following information:
Research networking and exchange projects selected for funding in this call will receive support for a period of 1 to 2 years totaling no more than approximately 7,000,000 JPY. Full details of support can be found in the Japanese guidance information above.
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Department of International Affairs
Tel.: +81-3-52147375; Fax.: +81-3-5214-7379