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Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action: Climate, environment and health - Improving understanding of climate, environment and health pathways to protect and promote health

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UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) partners: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Medical Research Council (MRC) and Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) are participating with international partner organisations through the Belmont Forum in a new collaborative research action (CRA) in ‘Climate, environment and health’.

A total of 12 funders from eight countries have committed up to €10.59 million of cash plus additional in-kind resources for this call, aiming to support 10-12 projects. Within this, UKRI has committed up to £3 million (80% full economic cost) - please refer to the UKRI Annex on the Belmont Forum website for further details.  

We are currently pleased to invite Expressions of Interest for multilateral, inter and transdisciplinary research projects that will investigate where significant uncertainties exist that are barriers to action; address complex climate, ecosystem and health pathways to determine processes underlying causal links; and foster the use of scientific information and climate-related decision support tools to better inform planning and enhance resilience. Such research will improve understanding of the pathways between climate, environment and health to support resilience and readiness of the health sector to respond to climate challenges.

The following themes are within the call remit:

  • food systems and nutrition
  • heat and health
  • climate-sensitive infectious diseases.


This CRA call is a two-stage process:

  • Expressions of Interest (mandatory for proposal submission) to be submitted online by 17:00 (GMT+1) on 6 May 2019.

Expressions of interest will be assessed for eligibility according to the transnational criteria and against the scope of the call. Participating funding agencies will also verify suitability for national funding according to their respective criteria. Expressions of interest which fail at this stage will be notified that they are ineligible to submit a full proposal. 

  • Full proposals to be submitted online by 17:00 (GMT+1) on 23 July 2019.

Proposals must be eligible to receive funding from at least three participating partner organisations established in three different countries and should include researchers from the natural sciences (including climate), health/medical sciences, social and economic sciences or humanities, as well as societal partners (such as public health organisations and civil society organisations). Researchers from countries not supported by any of the partner agencies can participate in the research project at their own expense. Further details on eligibility and how to apply are provided within the ‘call text’ on the Belmont Forum: Grant Operations website.

Key dates

Stage Date

Deadline for Expressions of Interest 

6 May 2019 17:00 GMT+1
Deadline for full proposals 23 July 2019 17:00 GMT+1
Panel of experts meeting October 2019 (TBC)
Project funding start December 2019-January 2020

The UK component of this international partnership is being run under the umbrella of the Fund for International Collaboration (FIC). FIC aims to enhance the UK’s excellence in research and innovation through global engagement. It focuses on bilateral and multilateral partnerships with global research and development (R&D) leaders and is administered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

For further information, please visit the NERC funding call page.