Open Call: Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action: Climate, Environment, and Health II 2023
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26.04.23 | 08:04

The MRI is pleased to offer funding and in-kind support to consortia conducting research on mountains and mountain regions in the context of climate, ecosystems, and health.

Belmont Forum’s Latest Collaborative Research Action will address the nexus of Climate, Environment, and Health. The purpose of this call is to address an unmet need to promote, mobilize, and establish an inclusive, transdisciplinary funding scheme, through the preservation and celebration of diverse communities, research topics, ecosystems, and creative transformative solutions. The ambitious goal for this CRA will hopefully create a comprehensive culture shift through education, research, service, and advocacy to inspire a world where all animals and humans can thrive — through the integration of human medicine, veterinary medicine, and environmental science — and by adapting and protecting Earth’s natural systems for generations to come.

The call themes are:

  • Theme 1 – Decision-science of Environmental Behavior and Implementation
  • Theme 2 – Food, Environment, and Biological Security
  • Theme 3 – Climate Risks to Ecosystems & Populations



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Dr. Brian Leung (NSF) explains the details for the international funding call on Climate, Environment, and Health 2.


MRI’s Support for Research on Mountains and Mountain Regions in the Context of Climate, Ecosystems, and Health

The MRI, as a co-head of the Cluster of Cooperation (CLOC) CONÉCTATE A+, is offering funding and in-kind support to consortia conducting research on mountains and mountain regions in the context of climate, ecosystems, and health. The funding is available to research teams affiliated with CLOC CONÉCTATE A+ member institutions in Switzerland and certain countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, with eligibility determined by the location of the hosting institution of the main applicant. Consortia must include at least one eligible CLOC CONÉCTATE A+ member from Switzerland and one from a LAC country. The proposed research must include mountainous areas or explicitly address connections between lowlands and highlands to be considered for funding.

In-kind contributions are also available to research teams worldwide whose proposed research includes mountainous areas or addresses connections between lowlands and highlands. In either case, the research may be conducted within countries (national and/or sub-national scales); across or between countries (transboundary or regional scales); or include multiple countries / regions across continents (inter-regional or global scales).

Through the funding available via the CLOC CONÉCTATE A+, up to $50,000 USD in total funding is available for CLOC members for up to two projects, and in-kind support from the MRI may include access to data and information, eligibility to participate in workshops and activities, and seek assistance in identifying expert researchers. In-kind support can be requested at any stage of the research project.

Research teams studying mountainous areas or mountain-related themes can receive in-kind contributions from the MRI Coordination Office to help meet their research objectives. The contributions can include (but are not necessarily limited to) access to data and information via the MRI’s Global Network on Observations and Information in Mountain Environments (GEO Mountains), workshops and activities hosted by the MRI, and connections with researchers or research groups with the necessary expertise. These resources can be requested at any stage of the research project, from proposal preparation to implementation.

Eligibility and Timeline

Proposals must be eligible to receive funding from at least three Belmont Forum participating Partner Organizations 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 (i.e. public health organizations, civil society organizations, and non-governmental organizations). Researchers and societal partners from countries not supported by any of the partner agencies can participate in the research project at their own expense. 

This call has a two-stage submission process.  Deadlines for submission are:

  • Pre-proposal (mandatory for full proposal submission) is due on 15 July 2023, 20:00 UTC and must be submitted online at
  • Capacity Building Activities and Collaborative Networking activities will begin in January and continue to December 2023. These activities and projects are voluntary and are designed to enhance each consortia’s proposal.
  • Full proposals to be submitted online by January, 2024

All proposals must be written in English.

A brief communication or expression of interest will need to be submitted to the MRI via email ( ahead of the proposal submission, indicating that the consortia will submit a proposal that requests funding or in-kind contribution from the MRI as part of its proposed requested budget. 

Please read the MRI Annex for full details on the MRI funding requirements for this call.

Learn more about the Belmont Forum application process through this short video:


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To clarify the application and eligibility process, Belmont Forum will host several workshops and seminars with the funding agencies. 

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