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Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action (CRA): Transdisciplinary Research for Pathways to Sustainability
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) participates in a call of the Belmont Forum on ,,Transdisciplinary Research for Pathways to Sustainability". The Belmont Forum is a group of the world's major and emerging funders of global environmental change research and international science councils.

To help provide a science base for achieving sustainability goals, the Belmont Forum and partners are supporting 1-2 years of collaborative research networking that focuses on integrated qualitative and quantitative approaches to develop Earth-system-based transformation pathways for sustainable development. The initiative invites its participants to consider all important interactions among the sustainable development goals and address cross-cutting issues among at a minimum three or more explicitly identified Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Projects are free to prioritise the interactions to be explored, based on their own local, regional, national, or global context as long as they address the Belmont Challenge providing knowledge for understanding, mitigating, and adapting to global environmental change. Participants are required to use a transdisciplinary approach to engage society at large.

The first cycle of funding for this CRA will be directed towards designing cross-cutting networks to build the community, mobilise capacity, bring together existing focused projects, develop networks focused on stakeholder mapping, engagement of new stakeholders, and evaluation of existing efforts. The aim is to build communities to be in a position to develop integrative sustainability pathways responding to society's needs. In the coming years, future funding opportunities could expand research on sustainability pathways and SDG interlinkages.

The development of research networking consortia supported financially by at least three participating partner agencies established in three different countries is a key criterion. Researchers from countries not represented by any of the partner agencies can participate in the research project at their own expense.

Transdisciplinarity of the research consortia and the active involvement of stakeholders in the research and innovation is a key criterion and should be clearly demonstrated in the application. Given the complexity and scope of the challenges, research consortia must be truly transdisciplinary, including academic researchers from: a) social sciences/humanities, b) natural sciences/technology, and c) stakeholders using a co-design, co-development and co-implementation approach.

Contact information for Germany:
Christiane Joerk,
phone +49 228 885-2451,

Sigrid Claßen,
phone +49 228 885-2209,

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