Funding Opportunities

The first round of the Global Centre on Biodiversity for Climate (GCBC) grant funding is now open for applications. The GCBC is a UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) programme that funds research into natural solutions to climate change and poverty. By working in partnership with scientists, academics, and research institutions in the Global South, they seek to develop scalable approaches to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity that delivers climate solutions and improves livelihoods.

The research funded through the GCBC will be:

  • Interdisciplinary - They work across research disciplines, breaking down silos and bringing researchers together;

  • Collaborative - They work in partnership with recipient countries to create new ways of working and new knowledge;

  • Equitable - They value local and traditional knowledge and use it to develop appropriate, scalable solutions to tackle biodiversity loss, climate vulnerability, and poverty.

The Grants

The GCBC will launch a series of grant calls each focused on a different thematic area or areas of research.  They expect these to address issues relating to:

  • Key pressures causing serious negative impacts to livelihoods, nature, and climate such as agriculture and food systems, and natural resource management;

  • Enablers of change – instruments, data, incentives, finance, and governance – required to benefit livelihoods, nature and climate;

  • Evidence gaps, the targeting of which will increase uptake of solutions and interventions to address the causes and consequences of poverty, biodiversity loss, and climate change.

The geographic focus of the GCBC’s research will be Official Development Assistance-eligible countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, and South East Asia and the Pacific.

Application deadline: 20 July 2023.

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The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to take part in a three-month ‘Cooperation Visit’ to a research institute in Germany. Such visits must be undertaken within 12 months of the award. The aim of the visit is to initiate research collaboration between African and German scientists, with the ultimate goal of developing longer-term links, perhaps through other Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, or German Research Foundation) programmes. DFG will cover travel expenses and provide subsistence costs for the stay in Germany. The administration and financial operation of TWAS is undertaken by UNESCO in accordance with an agreement signed by the two organisations.

Application Deadline: 6 September 2023.

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Biodiversa+, the European Biodiversity Partnership under Horizon Europe, is pleased to announce that it will soon launch a new transnational joint research call on Nature-based solutions for biodiversity, human well-being and transformative change (referred to as BiodivNBS).

This call will aim at supporting research on biodiversity to gain a better understanding of the tipping points, trade-offs, and underlying mechanisms affecting Nature-based Solutions, and their successful implementation with respect to the benefits for nature, human well-being, and societal transformation.

Research Themes:

  • Synergies and trade-offs of Nature-based solutions in the context of human well-being;
  • Nature-based solutions mitigating anthropogenic drivers of biodiversity loss;
  • The contribution of Nature-based solutions for just transformative change.

The call will cover transnational, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and cross-sectoral research on Nature-based Solutions in all parts of the world. All realms (i.e. terrestrial, marine, coastal, and freshwater) will be eligible. The call is planned to be officially launched on 11 September 2023.

A two-step application procedure will be used with a closing date for pre-proposals’ submission early November 2023. A first evaluation of pre-proposals will be organised and the deadline to submit full proposals will be early April 2024.

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Applications for the Swiss Poar Institute Technogrants will open in August 2023. These grants support Swiss groups developing technologies relevant for research in polar regions (and other extreme environments such as remote high-altitude regions). Technogrants can also serve the improvement and adaptation of technologies to extreme environments, or support new technological developments to be used in the field for polar or remote high-altitude research.

Eligible costs and financial support

The grants are destined to cover costs for up to 75’000.- CHF per successfully evaluated project.

Target public

The SPI Technogrants are complementary to the Polar Access Fund and SPI Exploratory Grants. Consequently, eligibility will be restricted to Swiss led developments of technologies relevant for research in polar regions (and other extreme environments in remote high-altitude regions). The grants are open from Master’s students to senior researchers based at a Swiss public research institution.

Geographic focus

The SPI Technogrants fund technology development relevant for polar science, the Arctic and Antarctic, according to the SPI’s high latitude focus.

The call will open mid-August 2023 and remain open for two months.

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The Swiss Polar Institute Exploratory Grants support Swiss-based scientists active in polar regions (including remote high-altitude regions such as the Andes and the Himalayas) by allowing them to launch short-term new ideas (for example, pilot projects), fund additional field work, or launch new collaborations with financial support for logistics. Collaboration with new teams or across disciplines are particularly encouraged, as well as participation in larger/international activities. The grants can be used to complement the funding of initiatives supported by larger funding schemes (e.g. SNSF, EU, etc.). The grants are destined to cover costs for up to 75’000.- CHF per successfully-evaluated project. The call for 2023 will open mid-August and remain open for two months.

Target public

The grants are complementary to the Polar Access Fund (specifically focused on early-career scientists) and SPI Technogrants (focused on technology developments). Consequently, eligibility will be limited to established researchers or post-docs (at least 3 years after PhD graduation). The grants are open to all researchers employed by a Swiss public research institution.

Geographic focus

The SPI Exploratory Grants funds Swiss scientists active in polar regions, the Arctic and Antarctic, according to the SPI’s high latitude focus.

Call for 2023 Publications: Opening in Mid-August

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The European Commission has launched the LIFE Programme’s 2023 calls for project proposals. This year, there is €611 million available for nature conservation, environmental protection, climate action, and clean energy transition projects.


  • Standard Action Projects (SAPs): nature and biodiversity -  €148.4 million
  • Standard Action Projects (SAPs): circular economy and quality of life - €81 million
  • Standard Action Projects (SAPs): climate change mitigation and adaptation - €66.35 million
  • Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs): climate and environment - €83 million
  • Operating Grants for specific non-profit making entities, that have signed a Framework Partnership Agreement - €14 million
  • Technical Assistance Replication - €6.5 million
  • Projects for addressing ad hoc Legislative and Policy priorities (PLP) - €15 million

Submission Dates

  • Standard Action Projects (SAPs) for circular economy and quality of life and nature and biodiversity sub-programmes:
    • Opening: 18 April – Closing: 6 September 2023
  • Standard Action Projects (SAPs) climate change mitigation and adaptation sub-programme:
    • Opening: 18 April – Closing: 21 September 2023
  • LIFE Action Grants for clean energy transition sub-programme:
    • Opening: 11 May (expected) – Closing: 16 November 2023 (expected)
  • Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs):
    • Concept notes: Opening: 18 April – Closing: 5 September 2023
    • Full proposals:  Closing: 5 March 2024
  • Technical Assistance preparation for SIPs and SNAPs:
    • Opening: 2 May  – Closing: 7 September 2023
  • Technical Assistance Replication:
    • Opening: 18 April – Closing: 27 July 2023
  • Specific Operating Grant Agreements (SGA OG), on invitation only to LIFE FPA signatories:
    • Opening: Mid-April – Closing: 21 September 2023
  • LIFE Projects for addressing ad hoc Legislative and Policy Priorities (PLP):
    • Opening: 18 April – Closing: 7 September 2023

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The European Geosciences Union (EGU) has begun accepting applications for the 12th edition of its Science Journalism Fellowship competition. The fellowships enable journalists to report, in any European language, on ongoing research in the Earth, planetary, or space sciences, with successful applicants receiving up to €5000 to cover expenses related to their projects.

Competitive proposals will:

  1. Focus on a topic in the geosciences (including planetary and space sciences) with potential broad public appeal and within the remit of EGU’s scientific divisions;
  2. Outline an original, well-informed approach to the subject, and;
  3. Feature leading Europe-based researchers and/or have European relevance.

While volcanoes, climate or earthquake stories often make the headlines, other scientific areas covered by the EGU do not. The EGU strongly encourages applicants to submit proposals to report on new and exciting research areas that the wider public may be less familiar with.

Application Deadline: 16 June 2023.

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The Grímsson Fellowship program appoints annually 2-4 fellows in order to encourage research and writing in an idyllic space close to the Arctic. The aim is to promote cooperation and knowledge, as well as relations between international and Icelandic communities. The Fellowship is open to candidates in the fields of Climate Change, Environment, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Health Sciences, Oceans, Sustainability, Clean Energy, the Arctic, History, as well as Literature. It is open to scientists, researchers, experts, scholars and writers of any nationality. The fellows are invited to stay in the House of Grímur in the historic town of Ísafjörður, the capital of the beautiful Westfjords region in Iceland. In addition to the free stay, the Fellowship includes travel to and from Iceland, as well as a stipend contribution towards living cost.

Applications for the Fellowship are now open for the period August 2023 to July 2025. In the years that follow the Fellowship will be advertised annually. Please submit your application form here. For further information, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline for the first round of applications: 1 July 2023.

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The SERVIR-HKH Initiative is organising this training between 13 - 16 June 2023 via Zoom in order to build the capacity of women from across the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region in geospatial information technology (GIT). The objective is to train young women from the HKH region on the use of Earth observation (EO) data and GIT for different applications. By equipping these women with the necessary skills and knowledge, it will bridge the gender gap in the EO/GIT sector and foster women’s leadership in this field across HKH countries.

The use of a blended learning approach will be used for this training for women in GIT (WoGIT), incorporating presentations and guided practical exercises. In the context of emerging environmental issues, a wide range of topics that can complement solutions and decision making will be covered, including the fundamental principles of geographic information systems (GIS), basic remote sensing (RS) concepts, GIS data use and visualisation, geoprocessing and analytical query, RS image interpretation and mapping, and map production using open-source tools. The training will also provide an overview of SERVIR-HKH’s services in land cover analysis and disaster preparedness.

To apply, click here.

Submission deadline: 26 May 2023.

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The Pathways Communication Grants Program seeks to ensure that scientific contributions supporting the development of pathways for sustainability reach relevant audiences beyond the scientific community. To promote wider uptake and understanding of pathways for sustainability, the grant supports the dissemination of scientific findings of place-based research projects via innovative formats and practices. Researchers, including PhD students, who are affiliated with universities and/or research institutions are invited to submit proposals for communication products that aim to disseminate scientific outcomes developed within inter- and/or transdisciplinary place-based research projects on pathways for sustainability, and are addressed to the broader public.

Funding amount for each project in 2023: 2,500 € to 10,000 €
Estimated number of awards per call: 3-10
The total funding available in 2023 is 60,000 €

Submission deadline: 15 June 2023

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The Research Partnership Grant (RPG) 2023 aims to promote mono- or interdisciplinary projects and involve bilateral or multilateral partnerships with Latin American countries. Researchers of all disciplines are invited to apply. Grants up to CHF 25,000 will be awarded. The RPGs aim to strengthen or initiate a scientific exchange between Swiss and Latin American researchers and institutions by enabling them to jointly undertake preliminary research and organize meetings, conferences, or workshops. Research teams must have one principal investigator affiliated with a Swiss university and at least one principal investigator affiliated with a Latin American university.

Application deadline: 9 July 2023.

To apply, click on this link.

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Applications for the 2023 Antarctic Fellowships and CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resource) Scientific Scholarship are now open.

The awards are granted annually by the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). The purpose is to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in fields such as climate, biodiversity, conservation, ecology, humanities, and astrophysics research by providing annual funding opportunities.

In 2023, COMNAP and IAATO, which celebrates five years of Antarctic Fellowships this year, will each offer one fellowship with funding of up to USD $15,000. Following the launch of the Polar Initiative in 2022, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has funded an additional SCAR fellowship. SCAR will therefore offer four to five fellowships of up to USD $15,000 each for 2023. The CCAMLR Scientific Scholarship provides funding of up to AUD $30,000 to assist early-career scientists to participate in the work of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee and its working groups over a period of two years.

The fellowships enable early-career persons to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating partnerships that last for many years. The application processes for the COMNAP and IAATO fellowships are separate from those for the SCAR Fellowships or CCAMLR Scholarships, and the eligibility criteria differ.

Application deadlines:

COMNAP and IAATO Fellowship: 31 July 2023
SCAR Fellowship: 31 July 2023
CCAMLR Scientific Scholarship: 31 August 2023

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The Belmont Forum is a partnership of funding organisations, international science councils, and regional consortia committed to the advancement of transdisciplinary science. Belmont Forum’s Latest Collaborative Research Action will address the nexus of Climate, Environment, and Health.

The Australian Mountain Research Facility is seeking PhD and Honours students to join their team for this multidisciplinary project. The research programme seeks to improve the understanding of factors that are driving dieback, and ecosystem values impacted by these events, and to encapsulate such knowledge in models and tools in order to inform policy and management options to respond. These projects will suit students with an interest in and knowledge of forests, ecology, environmental physiology, terrestrial biogeochemistry, restoration ecology, conservation, physical and human geography, spatial analysis, environmental management, policy, and politics. 


  1. Socio-political drivers of management and restoration; 
  2. Carbon dynamics of affected and unaffected snow gum woodlands;
  3. Understanding the physiology, functional ecology, and genomics of the snow gum group to inform mitigation and management; 
  4. Mapping futures: modelling the geography of snow gum dieback with an eye to management planning. 

Application deadline: 15 April 2023 for a mid-2023 start (for international and domestic students).
Second scholarship round deadline: 31 August 2023 (international) and 31 October 2023 (domestic) for an early 2024 start.

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The European Geosciences (EGU) is opening applications for the eighth edition of its annual Public Engagement Grants scheme, which aims to celebrate and recognise excellent science communication in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. The grants, an initiative of the EGU Outreach Committee, are awarded to EGU members interested in developing an outreach project to raise awareness of the geosciences outside the scientific community.

Three applicants who are judged to have proposed the most innovative and effective project will each be awarded a grant of €1500 to help further develop the idea and put it into practice. They will also receive one free registration per project to attend the EGU General Assembly in 2025, where they will have the opportunity to present their winning projects. All proposals will be evaluated during the summer, and the winners will be announced in early autumn. The grants are for a period of 12 months and will be awarded in full at the start of the grant period.

Application deadline: 16 June 2023

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The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Research Cooperation.  Through a "Lead Agency Opportunity", NSF and SNSF will allow proposers from both countries to submit a collaborative proposal that will undergo a single review process at the Lead Agency. The Lead Agency will alternate between NSF and SNSF on an annual basis, and the review process will follow the usual evaluation process for the Lead Agency.

Regardless of Lead Agency, U.S. proposers must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) following the instructions. The first EOI deadline will be 17 February 2023; all subsequent EOI deadlines will be at least 60 calendar days in advance of the submission of the full proposal to the Lead Agency (e.g., 3 August 2023, for the October 2023 SNSF full proposal deadline). EOIs will be used to determine eligibility for the Lead Agency Opportunity.

SNSF is expected to serve as the Lead Agency:

  • From April 1st, 2023, through March 31st, 2024
  • From April 1st, 2025, through March 31st, 2026

NSF is expected to serve as the Lead Agency:

  • From April 1st, 2024, through March 31st, 2025
  • From April 1st, 2026, through March 31st, 2027,

SNSF will be the Lead Agency in the first year and will accept proposals on their deadlines of 3 April and 2 October 2023.

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The International Joint Initiative for Research in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation 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).

Submission deadline for notice of intent to apply: 2 May 2023.
Deadline to submit full application: 12 September 2023.
Notice of funding decisions: February 2024.

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IACS offer funding to support attendance at IACS General and Scientific Assemblies, and also co-sponsor cryosphere-related workshops, educational, or other events. 

There are three deadlines per year on 1 February, 1 June and 1 October.

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