Pre-Launch Announcement: International Joint Initiative for Research in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Pre-Launch Announcement: International Joint Initiative for Research in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

On Friday, 11 November 2022, the National Research Foundation (NRF) working with a consortium of research funders from Brazil, Canada, Germany, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, announced a pre- launch of the International Joint Initiative for Research in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation call.

The call led by the Canada Research Coordinating Committee call aims to further the design and implementation of co-produced adaptation and mitigation strategies for vulnerable groups—those groups currently most impacted by the effects of climate change, owing to both physical vulnerability (heightened exposure to events related to climate change and/or poor infrastructure) and socioeconomic vulnerability (limited resources to prepare or respond to the impacts of climate change, including knowledge, technology or financial resources, or owing to conflict, security and fragility).

Eligible projects

The call will support research that is both interdisciplinary (integrating information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts or theories from two or more disciplines or bodies of specialized knowledge) and trans-sectoral (involving the academic, research, economic [businesses], societal [governmental and non-governmental organizations], and community sectors, as appropriate) on participatory, contextually and culturally appropriate mitigation and adaptation responses to at least two of the eight representative key risks of climate change, noted above.

Projects must focus on responding to the needs of those most impacted by the effects of climate change—such as communities in low- and middle-income countries or Indigenous territories, or groups that are vulnerable due to their geographic, social and/or economic circumstances. All projects are required to partner with a participating community or communities in the co-creation, implementation, and ownership of the research and outcomes, and to develop approaches related to policy implementation and knowledge mobilization. In this way, the call aims to strengthen the connections among research, governance and communities, to ensure that funded projects are both transformative and impactful. This approach ensures that the projects also develop strategies related to policy, communication and community partnerships, to encourage acceptance, support and the behavioural changes required for implementation. The integration of team members from vulnerable groups is required.

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Key timelines:

Date Milestone
January 2023 Competition launch
May 2023 Deadline to submit a required Notice of intent to apply (NOI)
September 2023 Deadline to submit full application
February 2024 Notice of funding decisions

Current Consortium Partners:

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) – Germany
National Research Foundation (NRF) –  South Africa
National Science Foundation (NSF) – United States
New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) – Canada
Research Council of Norway (Forskningsradet) – Norway
Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) – Brazil
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) – Switzerland
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – United Kingdom
Wellcome Trust – United Kingdom
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