2018 Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action : Transdisciplinary Research for Ocean Sustainability

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Updated Dec 5, 2018 : Updated with new participating countries!

(Nov 2, 2018)

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 field of "Transdisciplinary Research for Ocean 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. Joint calls for CRAs were launched for the first time in 2012 in the research fields of "Freshwater Security" and "Coastal Vulnerability". After that a number of joint calls have been carried out in the fields of "Food Security and Land Use Change" (2013), "Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability" and "Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services" (2014), "Climate Predictability and Inter-Regional Linkage" (2015), "Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative: Food-Water-Energy Nexus" (2016), "Transformations to Sustainability" (2017) and "Science-driven e-Infrastructures Innovation" (2018).

For more information on the Belmont Forum, please visit their website:

As part of its CRA activities, the Belmont Forum is launching a joint call for research proposals in the field of "Science-driven e-Infrastructures Innovation", 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):

Transdisciplinary Research for Ocean Sustainability

Period of the Call for Proposals

(pre-proposal) Mon 12 November 2018 - Thu 31 January 2019 23:59 (UTC)
(full-proposal) April - August 2019 (TBD)
*Full proposals can be submitted only by proposals selected at the pre-proposal stage.

How to Apply

Pre-Proposals should be jointly drafted by your team and jointly submitted electronically to the BFGO electronic submission system. All call documents, proposal forms and instructions can be downloaded from the following website:

※National Eligibility of Japan
Researchers from Japan will have to register a copy of their application submitted to the BFGO system on the Cross Ministerial R&D Management System (e-Rad). (Necessary only in pre-proposal stage)

** Deadline for e-Rad registration: 1 week after the call period closes **

For further Japanese application instructions and guidance, please refer to the following information:

The call documents and guidance can be downloaded below.

e-Rad申請資料 (in Japanese) ZIP(124KB)
e-Radマニュアル (in Japanese) PDF(2.8MB)
日本側応募者への応募にあたっての注意事項 (in Japanese) PDF(896KB)

Details of Support

A research project selected for funding in this call will receive support for a period of 3-4 years totaling no more than approximately 10,000,000 JPY/year (including indirect costs). Full details of support can be found in the Japanese guidance information above.


Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Department of International Affairs
Soichi Kubota, Yuta Kawashima
Tel.: +81-3-5214-7375; Fax.: +81-3-5214-7379
Email: belmont(at)jst.go.jp
*Please replace (at) with @.