PEGASuS - Biodiversity and Natural Assets

Due Date: 06/05/2017

Future Earth has announced a new funding opportunity for biodiversity research for global sustainability, the Program for Early-stage Grants Advancing Sustainability Science or PEGASuS – Biodiversity and Natural Assets. This program is the first in a series of grants addressing the key challenges of Future Earth and the Future Earth Vision for “people to thrive in a sustainable and equitable world." Launched in 2015, Future Earth is a 10-year initiative to advance Global Sustainability Science, build capacity, and provide an international research agenda to guide natural and social scientists working around the world. Future Earth’s five Global Hubs are based in Colorado, Montreal, Paris, Stockholm and Tokyo and coordinate and catalyse new research for global sustainability. 

Successful PEGASuS proposals will demonstrate a compelling need for interdisciplinary integration to advance discovery and innovation within the Future Earth Natural Assets Challenge area. Research projects may focus on any aspect of the Natural Assets Challenge. 

Applicants must present a clear Research Plan including a research hypothesis, theory of change, research methodology, and expected results and products. Proposals can come from any institution from any country.

Proposals should address some or all of the following thematic areas:  

  1. Biodiversity valuation, ecosystem functions, ecosystem services, requisite socio-economic transformations, and the sustainable consumption and production of natural resources
  2. Biodiversity indicators, scenario planning and prediction, risk analysis, identification of tipping points and/or feedbacks between socio-economic, biodiversity, and ecosystem dynamics

Preference will be given to research projects that show significant potential to advance the science and capacity needed to predict and effectively respond to the scale, pace, and impact of global change.

Strong preference will be given to research projects that integrate across the natural sciences and social sciences and include an interdisciplinary, multinational approach. Preference will be given to research projects that include end-users, policy-makers, resource managers, and/or other relevant stakeholders in the planning, design, execution, or use of the proposed research and, when possible, in the development of outputs (products) that are relevant to those stakeholders. Proposals should identify and address clear user needs, and it is recommended that applicants develop applied innovations as well as research solutions.

Four to eight grants are expected to be awarded this year, totaling about $600,000.

This initiative is funded in part by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Science Program and the NOMIS Foundation. PEGASuS is jointly administered by the Colorado Hub of Future Earth* and Colorado State University's Global Biodiversity Center.

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