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FAPESP Research Program on Global Climate Change has new call for proposals

FAPESP Research Program on Global Climate Change has new call for proposals

Research projects focused on issues of mitigation and adaptation to climate changes will be funded (image: U.S. Global Change Research Program)

The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) announces a new call for proposals in the FAPESP Research Program on Global Climate Change.

The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP-21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Paris in 2015, resulted in an unprecedented agreement as the governments recognised the scientific consensus on the Physics of Global Change.

In COP-21, countries also presented their mitigation actions, through their intended Nationally Determined Contributions (iNDC). Countries have set their iNDCs in the context of their national priorities, circumstances and capabilities, bearing in mind the aims of the Paris Agreement.

In its iNDC, Brazil commits to reduce, by 2015, greenhouse gas emissions by 37% below 2005 levels, with a subsequent intent to reduce, up to 2030, greenhouse gas emissions by 43% below 2005 levels.

To accomplish the ambitious goals of its iNDC, Brazil needs to adopt sound public policies that have a solid scientific basis. Additionally, there are still gaps in scientific knowledge on many areas directly or indirectly related to national mitigation actions.

FAPESP intends to support studies that provide basis for establishing sound policies in climate change that can lead to positive outcomes. For these reasons, the FAPESP Research Program on Global Climate Change launches a call for research projects focused on issues of mitigation and adaptation to climate changes.

The scientific issues in the areas of mitigation and adaptation are not restricted to the scope of the Brazilian INDC and involve areas of knowledge of great social importance, such as Public Health, Urban Planning, Water Security and Food, Transport and Social Inequalities.

FAPESP intends to contribute to the necessary transitions of Brazilian society to a low-carbon economy and expects the participation of researchers in Social Sciences, Humanities, Engineering, Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Architecture and Urbanism, and Health Sciences.

The interdisciplinary challenges embedded in the research projects should be emphasized, and the competencies gathered in the research team with a view to facing those challenges should be highlighted.

Researchers employed by higher education and research institutions or research institutions in the State of São Paulo may submit in the Regular Grant, Thematic Project, or Young Investigator modalities. Researchers not affiliated with institutions in the State of São Paulo, independently of nationality, may submit proposals to Young Investigator or São Paulo Excellence Chair Awards (SPEC).

The financial support from FAPESP to the grants selected by this call is limited to a total of 10 million Reais.

Deadline for submitting proposals is 25 September, 2017.

The call for research proposals is published at: www.fapesp.br/11069.