Update on International Research Funding from the Belmont Forum
At the April meeting Sustained Arctic Observing Network (SAON) Board meeting, Erica Key from the US National Science Foundation gave an update on the Belmont Forum that might be of interest to CliC Researchers. Greg Flato, CliC Scientific Steering Group Chair attended the meeting and can be contacted for further information.
The Belmont Forum (http://igfagcr.org/index.php/belmont-forum) is a subset of the IGFA nations, including representatives from 13 nations, the European Union, and 2 international scientific councils (ICSU, and ISSC). The Forum identifies shared global priorities and leads multi-national calls for proposals called Collaborative Research Actions (CRA). Past examples of Belmont CRAs include calls for research on coastal vulnerability and freshwater security. The Forum requires each Collaborative Research Action to address the Belmont Challenge: To deliver knowledge needed for action to avoid and adapt to detrimental environmental change including extreme hazardous events. Belmont further requires consideration of human and natural systems in each proposal, and a minimum of three nations involved in each project.
The themes for an Arctic CRA — Arctic observing and Arctic sustainability science — were developed during a first scoping workshop in Canada during the IPY meeting in 2012. These themes were approved by the Belmont Forum Principals at their spring 2013 meeting.