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Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 19 | 18. März 2015
Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action on “Mountains as Sentinels of Change”

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) participates in a call of the Belmont Forum on „ Mountains as Sentinels of Change”. The Belmont Forum is a group of the world’s major and emerging funders of global environmental change research and international science councils. Understanding and coping with changes in the mountain environment and in the related services is central to the Belmont Challenge – “To deliver knowledge needed for action to mitigate and adapt to detrimental environmental change and extreme hazardous events” – and to Future Earth research themes. Belmont Forum funding is intended to add value to existing national investments.

This call aims at fostering research on climate, environmental and related societal change in mountain regions, considering both new measurements, recovery of existing data, and the development and use of integrated modelling strategies by adopting a strong trans- and inter-disciplinary approach.

Attention to the hydrological, ecological, societal and economic implications of the ongoing and expected environmental changes is an essential component in the proposed projects, as well as the design of adaptation measures in the face of climate and global change, regional development and sustainable development strategies for mountain regions.

Five main themes have been identified that characterise the “Mountains as Sentinels of Change” Collaborative Research Action (CRA) call. The themes of the call are:

  • Theme1: Drivers of Change
    The variety of natural and anthropogenic drivers that generate the observed and expected environmental changes in the mountains.
  • Theme 2: Ecosystems and Biodiversity
    The changes in ecosystem functions in response to drivers and the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem services.
  • Theme 3: Water
    The mountain water resources and the changes in water availability due to environmental changes related to the different driving factors.
  • Theme 4: Hazards, Vulnerability and Risks
    The hazards that affect mountain regions and their impacts; the vulnerability of natural and human systems to drivers of change and impacts on society; the aggregated and cascading effects of multiple hazards.
  • Theme 5: Adaptation and Resilience
    The adaptation and mitigation strategies and implications for future generations, economies and environments.

The Mountain as Sentinels of Change CRA is envisioned as a two-stage call. Proposers will be asked to submit a pre-proposal and, for the projects that will successfully go through stage 1, submission of the full proposal will follow. Here below is the call timeline:

  • Opening date of the call: 18 March 2015
  • Closing date for submission of pre-proposals: 1 June 2015, 11:59 PM UTC
  • Opening date for submission of full-proposals: 3 August 2015
  • Closing date for submission of full-proposals: 30 October 2015, 11:59 PM UTC
  • Panel for decision: December 2015
  • Projects begin: March 2016

Proposals are selected in a joint review process by the participating funding organisations. All administrative procedures will be synchronised. Funding of the participating researchers from German universities and research institutions is provided by DFG according to its terms and conditions for project funding.

Further Information

Further details as to the scientific themes, principles of funding, selection criteria, all call documents and the submission portal can be found at the Belmont Forum Grant Operations website:

Contact information for Germany: