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GCRF Belmont Forum: Disaster Risk, Resilience and Relief

The Belmont Forum is a high-level group of the world's major and emerging funders of global environmental change research and international science councils. It was co-founded by NERC and the National Science Foundation (US) in 2009. Since its foundation, the Belmont Forum has grown to include 28 funding agencies spread across six continents, supporting over 1000 scientists and stakeholders in more than 35 countries.

The Belmont Forum has established the Belmont Challenge: ‘International transdisciplinary research providing knowledge for understanding, mitigating and adapting to global environmental change.’

In order to make progress against the Belmont Challenge and help deliver international collaboration, the Belmont Forum develops collaborative research actions (CRAs). The principles of the CRAs are that they:

  • address the Belmont Challenge priorities (that is societally relevant global environmental change challenges)
  • leverage Belmont Forum members' existing investments through international added value
  • bring together new partnerships of natural scientists, social scientists and users.

Programme overview

The Belmont Forum welcomes transdisciplinary proposals to its Collaborative Research Action (CRA) on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (DR3). For this call, disasters are defined as extreme environmental events that negatively impact coupled human-natural systems, including but not limited to impacts on economic, health, infrastructure, and social subsystems. Extreme environmental events may be generated by natural forces, including climate change, and/or anthropogenic causes.

The CRA covers three main themes:

  1. Assessment and Reduction of Disaster Risk
  2. Enhancing Disaster Resilience
  3. Cyber-Enabled Effective Disaster Response

Further detail is given in the call documentation. Applicants from the UK may address any of these themes.

Successful proposals will combine significant contributions by eligible participants drawing on available resources from three countries, and must create a partnership of natural scientists, social scientists, and stakeholders in addressing the topics outlined for the described Call Theme.  Applications from all disciplines are encouraged as part of these partnerships.

The UK is contributing up to £4 million through GCRF. GCRF forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, and funding under this call will be awarded in a manner consistent with ODA guidelines. Participants in the UK will be able to apply for £400,000 (100% fEC), or up to £700,000 (100% fEC) if they are partnering with an eligible organisation in a country on the DAC list of recipients. It should be made clear in the proposal that the equitability of the partnership has been considered, including how the partner has been involved in the co-design of the project.

We particularly encourage proposals that support sustainable links with policy-makers, governmental organisations and NGOs, as appropriate.

Applicants should consult the call document, proposal form information document and the UK Annex, available on the Belmont Forum website.

Proposals should be submitted through the Belmont Forum Grant Operations System (https://bfgo.org/). Successful applicants will need to upload their proposal via the Joint Electronic System, and guidance will be provided to those applicants.

Full proposals must be submitted by 10 July 2019 23:59 UTC. Please note this has been extended from the previous date of the 10th June.

A webinar took place on 2 May to provide an overview for potential applicants. The presentation can be viewed on the Belmont Forum page.

For further information, please contact:

Dr Liam Haydon

International Development Policy Manager, UKRI

Email: Liam.Haydon@ukri.org

Phone: 01793 444252 / 07547977199

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