Announcement of Opportunity: Towards a Sustainable Earth - Human-Environment Interactions & the Sustainable Development Goals

Closing date for intention to submit: 16:00 BST (UTC+1) on 31 July 2018
Closing date for full proposals: 16:00 BST (UTC+1) on 14 August 2018

Please complete the notification of intention to submit form by 31 July 2018.

The funding partners in Towards a Sustainable Earth (TaSE) invite proposals to this first call under the TaSE initiative, which aims to significantly improve our understanding of the complex interactions between people and the environment required to make progress in achieving the United Nations Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals).

This call is a collaboration between the following international agencies:

  • the UK Research & Innovation councils: NERC, the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • the Japan Science & Technology Agency
  • the National Natural Science Foundation of China
  • the Department of Biotechnology, India
  • the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development, Formas

Applicants are invited to submit multilateral collaborative research proposals comprising eligible researchers from a minimum of three nations represented by the funding agencies.

Projects should be no more than £700,000 in total, with specific funding limits for each national component given in the relevant national annex, and a maximum duration of two years.

For full details of the call and how to apply, please see the Announcement of Opportunity, guidance for applicants and national annex documents below.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 198KB)

Guidance for applicants (PDF, 93KB)

UK National Annex (PDF, 45KB)

China National Annex (PDF, 46KB)

China budget form (Word, 23KB)

India National Annex (PDF, 35KB)

India budget form (Word, 14KB)

Sweden National Annex (PDF, 40KB)

Sweden budget form (Word, 23KB)

Japan National Annex (PDF, 107KB)

Japan budget form (Word, 23KB)

Networking Assistance

There is a LinkedIn group to facilitate all researchers interested in this call connecting with each other. We recommend that you use this for sharing initial areas of interest and finding potential partners (if needed). Please note that you will need to register on LinkedIn, if you aren't already, before you can access the group.

To access the group search "Towards a sustainable earth networking group" or go directly to the TaSE LinkedIn page - external link.


For further details, please contact:

Matthew Dobson

For national / agency specific enquiries about remit or eligibility, please see the relevant national annex.