The National Science Foundation (NSF) released a Dear Colleague Letter
announcing a funding opportunity from the Belmont Forum
and the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security, and Climate
Change (FACCE-JPI). The Belmont Forum is supported by the G8 and
emerging economies’ heads of research councils with the purpose of bringing
together major funders of research on global environmental change;NSF is
the U.S. representative to the Belmont Forum.
For this solicitation, the focus is on the
issues of "food security and land use change that are best addressed through a
coupled interdisciplinary and multinational approach.” The Dear Colleague
Letter stresses that teams should include social/economic scientists as part of
their interdisciplinary makeup. Proposals from institutions within the
United States must collaborate with scientists from two other participating
countries (a list of participating countries is available at http://igfagcr.org/index.php/national-contact-points).
This solicitation concentrates on three
topics; proposals may address at least one topic or up to all three:
- "Land use change impacts on food systems;
- Food systems dynamics as driver of land use changes; and
- Feedback loop interactions between land use change and food security dynamics."
Furthermore, this particular solicitation
offers two types of projects:
- Community Building
Projects (Type 1) – Projects should be
short-term, exploratory projects that focus on "networking, capacity building,
co-design of research questions and co-building methodologies.”
Integrated Projects (Type 2) –
Projects should aim to enhance the understanding of natural and human systems
as they relate to food security and land use. Not only is stakeholder
involvement essential, the solicitation states "a clear plan for how the
results would be used” is also required.
The Belmont Forum last released solicitations
in spring 2012 on the topics of freshwater security and coastal
vulnerability. From those solicitations, which required pre-proposals, 25
were invited to submit full proposals for coastal vulnerability and 30 were
invited for freshwater security. In October 2012 at NSF’s Geosciences
Advisory Committee meeting, it was noted that potential future topics for
Belmont Forum solicitations could include food security and urban megacities.
Letters of Intent: Not applicable.
Due Dates: Type 1 proposals are due September 30.
Type 2 pre-proposals are due September 30, with invited full proposals due
February 28, 2014.
Total Funding and Award Size: NSF expects eight to ten
proposals will be awarded for Type 1 and one to three proposals will be awarded
for Type 2. Type 1 proposals will be funded for 12-18 months for up to
$300,000 total, whereas Type 2 proposals will be awarded for three to five
years with up to $3 million total. There is a total of €10 million ($13.3
million) available for the competition.
Eligibility and Limitations: Researchers may only be part
of one proposal, whether it be Type 1 or Type 2.
Sources and Additional Background: