Proposals are invited for the Pathways Communication Grants 2023. 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.
Proposals must be based on completed outcomes of inter-/transdisciplinary place-based research projects that advance the understanding of at least one of the following three aspects of pathways for sustainability:
- How to navigate competing development agendas and claims on resources in order to foster transformative change in complex human-environment systems.
- How transformations can be mobilized through processes of knowledge co-production in order to enable expansion of integrated pathways to sustainability in a specific context.
- How pathways and processes of transformation, which are highly context specific, interact across locations and scales with other processes of transformation to produce knock-on tensions and/or synergies.
Research outcomes must contribute to the development of pathways for sustainability in practice. They must not be limited to disseminating knowledge on the state of the problem.
Funding for Pathways Communication Grants
- The funding amount for each project in 2023 is between €2,500 to €10,000. The total funding available in €60,000.
Eligibility for Pathways Communication Grants
- 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.
- Priority Groups: One third of the funding will be allocated to support proposals led by researchers from and working in low and middle income countries. Another third will be allocated to support proposals led by early career researchers, as another priority group. Early career researchers are defined here as PhD students or researchers who have received their PhD within the last ten years.
Eligible proposals will be evaluated based on:
- The fit of the proposal to the scope of the call
- The clarity and relevance of the proposal
- The novelty and potential impact of the communication product on the uptake, understanding and reach of place-based research on pathways for sustainability beyond the scientific community
- The quality and originality of the research outputs forming the basis for the communication product
- The competences and quality of the team (relevant expertise, level of interdisciplinarity between natural and social sciences and/or transdisciplinarity, diversity in terms of geography, gender, career stage)
- The overall communication and dissemination approach
Application of Pathways Communication Grants
Proposals must provide the following elements, consolidated into a single PDF document. Ensure that all links to supplementary material are active and accessible from the PDF file provided.
- Title of the communication product and type of product.
- The name, affiliation and contact details of the Scientific Leader of the proposal. Applicants who are members of a Future Earth entity, such as a Global Research Project, a Knowledge Action Network, a National Committee, etc. are asked to indicate so in their application.
- Proposal narrative (1000 – 2000 words) explaining the content to be communicated, the target audience(s) and how they will be reached. Proposals must clearly describe the pathways being developed within the research project, explain which of the three aspects of pathways for sustainability are being addressed (refer to Scope of Proposals section), and outline how the communication product will contribute to greater impact of these pathways in terms of uptake, understanding, and reach beyond the scientific community.
- Detailed development and dissemination plans (including timeline, milestones, targeted audience(s) and how they will be reached).
- Short CV for the Scientific Leader and proposal partners, no longer than 2 pages for each. Previous experience in communication with a broad audience should be highlighted.
Applicants should send the above materials as a single PDF to the Future Earth Secretariat at [email protected]. All submission materials should be written in English.
Lastly, It is important to visit the official website link found below to access the application form.
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