2015 Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action: Climate Predictability and Inter-Regional Linkage

(Last update: Apr 1, 2015)

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 "Climate Predictability and Inter-Regional Linkage".


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 joint call for a CRA in the field of "food security and land-use change" was carried out. In 2014, in two CRAs, "Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability" and "Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services" joint calls were carried out. In 2015, the research field of "Transformations to Sustainability" was launched, as a related field of Belmont forum CRA.

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 "Climate Predictability and Inter-Regional Linkage", in which it will accept proposals for multi-lateral (involving contributions from 3 or more countries) collaborative research projects. Following joint evaluation of proposals, selected projects will be jointly funded by the participating agencies.

Call Announcement Web Page
For full call details, please visit the main Belmont Forum call page, and refer to the Japanese translation of the main call text below:
Please refer to the announcement for Japanese researchers (only in Japanese)

Participating countries and organizations

The following 13 research funding agencies, representing 13 countries, are participating in this call:

CountryResearch Funding Agency
Austria Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics: BMWFW
Brazil São Paulo Research Foundation: FAPESP
China National Natural Science Foundation of China: NSFC
France National Research Agency: ANR
Germany Federal Ministry of Education and Research: BMBF
India Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India: MoES
Japan Japan Science and Technology Agency: JST
Norway Research Council of Norway: RCN
Qatar Qatar National Research Foundation: QNRF
Sweden Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning: FORMAS
Netherland Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research: NWO
United Kingdom Natural Environment Research Council: NERC

(Current as of March 2015. For the updated list, please refer to the main Belmont Forum call page.)

Period of the Call for Proposals

Wed 01 April 2015 - Mon 01 June 2015 (CET)

How to Apply

Pre-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 following website:

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:

Details of Support

Research networking and exchange projects selected for funding in this call will receive support for a period of 3 to 4 years totaling no more than approximately 10,000,000 JPY/year. Full details of support can be found in the Japanese guidance information above.


Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Department of International Affairs
Mr. Martin Gadsden, Dr. KANAYAMA Shinji
TEL: +81-3-5214-7375 FAX:+81-3-5214-7379
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