Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action
1) Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative: Food-Water-Energy Nexus
2) Transformations to Sustainability

(Last update: Dec 16, 2016)

The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), in the interest to promote international research interaction and exchange among researchers in Japan and also as part of its involvement in the Belmont Forum, is accepting proposals for collaborative research networking projects in the fields of "Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative: Food-Water-Energy Nexus" and "Transformations to Sustainability".


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.
The Belmont Forum conducts Collaborative Research Actions (CRAs - often including a call for proposals) 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 two CRA joint calls of "Climate Predictability and Inter-Regional Linkage" and "Transformations to Sustainability" were launched.

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As part of its CRA activities, the Belmont Forum is launching a joint call for research proposals in the fields of "Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative: Food-Water-Energy Nexus" and "Transformations to Sustainability", in which it will accept proposals for multi-lateral (involving contributions from 3 or more countries) collaborative research projects. Through joint evaluation of proposals by experts from call participating countries, selected projects will be jointly funded by the participating agencies.

Call Announcement Web Page
For full call details including participating countries, please visit the call web-site, and the Japanese translation of the main call text below (for Japanese potential applicants):

1. Sustainable Unbanisation Global Initiative

2. Transformations to Sustainability

Period of the Call for Proposals

  • 1. Sustainable Unbanisation Global Initiative
      Fri 09 December 2016 - Wed 15 March 2017 (CET)
  • 2. Transformations to Sustainability
      Wed 18 January 2017 - Wed 05 April 2017 (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:
1. Sustainable Unbanisation Global Initiative:
2. Transformations to Sustainability:

※National Eligibility of Japan
Researchers from Japan will have to register a copy of their application submitted to the FFG/BFGO system in addition to a Japanese application on the Cross Ministerial R&D Management System (e-Rad).

For further Japanese application instructions and guidance, please refer to the following information: 日本側応募者への応募にあたっての注意事項

Application Form

Details of Support

Full details of support can be found in the Japanese guidance information above.


Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Department of International Affairs
Mr. Clement Ng, Dr. KANAYAMA Shinji
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