2020 Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action (CRA) Towards Sustainability of Soils & Groundwater for Society

(Last update: August 21, 2020)

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Updated August 21, 2020:

  • BFgo and e-Rad registration deadline has been extended to 10th September, 2020.

The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), in the interest of promoting 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 call Towards Sustainability of Soils & Groundwater for Society.


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 related to sustainability issues. 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), Science-driven e-Infrastructures Innovation" (2018), Transdisciplinary Research for Ocean Sustainability (2019), Disaster Risk, Reduction and Resilience (DR3) and Resilience in Rapidly Changing Arctic Systems (2019).

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 under the theme of Towards Sustainability of Soils & Groundwater for Society, in which it will accept proposals for multilateral (involving contributions from three (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 website, and the Japanese translation of the main call text below (for Japanese applicants):

Towards Sustainability of Soils & Groundwater for Society
(URL: https://www.belmontforum.org/cras/#soils2020)

Call Text:
Available on the above BFGO site.

■Period of the Call for Proposals

BFgo pre-registration deadline: Thu, July 23, 2020 13:59 (UTC)
BFgo and e-Rad deadline: Thu, September 10, 2020 13:59 (UTC) (NEW DEADLINE)

■How to Apply

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).

「e-Rad申請資料」(in Japanese)
「e-Radマニュアル」(in Japanese)

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

■Details of Support

A research project selected for funding in this call will receive support for a period of 3 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
Mr. Oscar A. Rudenstam, Mr. TANAKA Haruhiko, Ms. OAKU Hiromi
Tel.: +81-3-5214-7375; Fax.: +81-3-5214-7379
Email: belmont(at)jst.go.jp
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(Email is preferable if not urgent.)