Climate change, environmental degradation and resource pressures have created unprecedented situations for societies worldwide. Conventional knowledge and capacity building to tackle the challenges associated with sustainability have proven inadequate, and a comprehensive and concerted research initiative is needed to boost research on transformations to sustainability that can catalyse new kinds of solutions to environmental and social challenges.

T2S is a new funding programme for international, transdisciplinary projects addressing transformations to sustainability initiated by the Belmont Forum and NORFACE network. The programme is supported by funding agencies from Belgium, Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. More information on the participation of Norway will be available soon.

Proposals from researchers based in any of the partner countries are welcome, and should address one or more of the call themes:

  • Governance and institutional dimensions of transformations to sustainability
  • Economy and finance of transformations to sustainability
  • Wellbeing, quality of life, identity, and social and cultural values in relation to transformations to sustainability

The call for outline proposals is expected to launch in December 2016.

Application rules

  1. A project team must involve at least three national research teams, eligible for the funding from three different T2S funders.
  2. Researchers from at least two eligible European funders (Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom) and one non-European funder (Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Japan, USA) should be involved in a consortium.
  3. Inclusion of stakeholder or community-based partners is encouraged.
  4. National teams are subject to budget limitations set by their national funding agency/agencies.
  5. Researchers in non-European countries (Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Japan, USA) may be consortium leaders.
  6. Each consortium should be led by a social scientist and should also include researchers from other disciplines including e.g. natural sciences and technical sciences insofar as it is relevant for the research questions and the researchers are eligible for funding according to national eligibility requirements.
  7. Each proposal can request up to 1.5m euros for a maximum project duration of three years.
  8. Applicants (regardless of country base) may participate in no more than two proposals and in only one proposal as Main Applicant.
  9. Each submitted proposal will go through a two-stage (Outline Proposal and Final Proposal) evaluation process.
  10. All submissions must be made online via the Belmont Forum online proposal portal (BFGO).