The Belmont Forum announces collaborative research awards for the Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability international opportunity


Planning for a resilient future in the rapidly changing Arctic requires a co-developed process that is informed by many disciplines and types of knowledge, understanding of the interrelated systems, scalable solutions, and community-relevant decision-making tools.  The Belmont Forum Arctic Call brought together funders from both Arctic and Arctic-interested nations to leverage existing investments and spur new multi-national partnerships to advance and innovate sustainability science theory and approaches.

Efforts supported by this international call will unite the expertise of natural science, social science, and stakeholders to build collaborative teams, synthesize available information, and develop research capacity to address one or more key themes in resilience in the Arctic: the interactions of the natural and living environment; the built environment and infrastructures; natural resource management and development; and governance.

The call was well-subscribed, showing the strong interest across disciplines to partner internationally and with communities to inform resilience strategies in the Arctic. The successful projects and research teams include participants and support from Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Greenland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the US.  Research teams include a breadth of stakeholders, including indigenous communities, local governments, industry, and NGOs.  Many students and early career scientists within and outside the Arctic will receive training through these research projects in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary science, building new capacity and opportunities for lessons learned from the Arctic to have global reach.

The Thematic Programme Office for the Arctic Call is pleased to announce awards to: