NordForsk with funding for two applications for Arctic research under Belmont Forum call
The following two proposals with Nordic participation have been awarded funding under the Belmont Forum’s call for proposals on Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability:
- Bioeconomic Analysis for Arctic Marine Resource Governance and Policy, Project leader: Linda Fernandez, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, EUR 120 000. The project participants are from the University of Alberta, Canada; Environment Yukon, Canada; University of Southern Denmark, Denmark; Greenland Climate Research Centre, Greenland; Stefansson Arctic Institute, Iceland; Institute of Marine Research, Norway; SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture, Norway; Polar Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography, Russia; Virginia Commonwealth University, USA; Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, USA; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA; University of California, Santa Barbara, USA; and University of California, Davis, USA.
- Arctic Sustainability: A Synthesis of Knowledge, Project leader Andrey N. Petrov, University of Northern Iowa, EUR 140 000. Project participants are from Lakehead University/Yukon Research Centre, Canada; University of Greenland, Greenland; Stefansson Arctic Institute, Iceland; UIT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway; Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia; Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (Nordregio), Sweden; and University of Northern Iowa, USA.
NordForsk is providing EUR 260 000 in co-funding for the Belmont Forum’s call on Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability to promote synergies with NordForsk’s own initiative, "Responsible Development of the Arctic - Opportunities and Challenges - Pathways to Action". Both calls promote cross-disciplinary research activity to solve challenges facing the Arctic. NordForsk expects to announce new Nordic Centres of Excellence in fall or winter 2015.
The Belmont Forum is a group of high-level representatives from major funding agencies and includes several Nordic funding bodies. The forum has been established to strengthen international research cooperation and enable research to respond to the challenges and opportunities emerging from global climate change. Part of the forum’s activity involves coordinating funding for research-based cooperation. Like NordForsk, the objective of the forum is to enhance the added value of national initiatives. The Belmont Forum has a joint United States-United Kingdom Secretariat, supported by the US National Science Foundation.
International collaboration to create Nordic added value
Canada, China, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, NordForsk, Norway, Russia, and USA contributed EUR 13 million to a virtual common pot. Cooperation between researchers from at least three different countries is required. Another requirement is that the project proposals must be interdisciplinary. A total of 47 proposals were received. A criterion for the award of funding from NordForsk was that at least two Nordic countries must participate in the project. Eighteen of the 47 proposals met this requirement. Two of these projects were given the highest mark (A) by the international panel of referees assessing the proposals, and both were awarded funding.
Both projects are of high scientific merit and provide a basis for achieving significant added value in a potential research cooperation with the coming Nordic Centres of Excellence under NordForsk.
Text: Linn Hoff Jensen