Special calls and projects

Special call 2020: The economy and human health in the planet’s ecological crisis

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There are two massive crises underway on our planet: climate change and loss of biodiversity. The crises are strongly linked together: global warming might accelerate biodiversity loss and at the same time biodiversity loss might intensify climate change. These two crises can jointly be referred to as the planet’s ecological crisis with remarkable effects on individuals, societies as well as states. Despite this, especially the economy and human health are handled separately from these crises. 

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has reminded humankind of the unpredictability of nature’s mechanisms and its effects on both human health and the economy.  It is important to understand the interface of the environment, economy, and health to prepare humankind in the best possible way to both curb our planet’s ecological crisis and to adapt to an inevitable change.

We are looking for initiatives in both environmental and economic sciences as well as in environmental and health sciences or initiatives combining all these three different points of view (environment, economy, and health). The initiatives should be searching for an understanding of and new solutions to challenges in the economy as well as in human health caused by climate change and loss of biodiversity. The grants to these initiatives will range from 100,000 to 300,000 euros per project and the total sum granted to these initiatives is 1 million euros.

Who can apply

  • The applicant, i.e. the project’s responsible leader, should be merited in his or her own field with a doctoral degree, having obtained the degree no more than seven years ago. 
  • The project must include researchers representing at least two different disciplines.
  • The project leader and the other researchers can in the application apply for a personal grant. The amount of personal grant is 32,000 euros for a doctoral researcher. Obtaining a personal grant requires the researcher to be free from other employment. 
  • The application might contain a reasonable amount of both travel and research expenses. 
  • The length of the research project should be no more than three years.

Schedule for application

Applying for the project grant is a two-step process: 

  1. The first step is to deliver an application of intent to the Foundation within the time frame of the general call, open from the 10th of August to the 11th of September 2020. Projects that have been chosen to continue in the application process will be decided by the 10th of November.
  2. In the second step, the project’s leader will be asked to deliver the project plan by the 4th of December. Projects that are chosen to receive funding will be announced on the 16th of December. The project can begin earliest at the beginning of the year 2021.

Instructions for applying

Applications are filled in electronically via the E-Nessi application system. After registering or logging in, please choose “Make an application” and chose the option “General call” and “Project grant”. The application of intent should contain at least the following documents: 1) a maximum of two pages long preliminary project plan, 2) the CVs and publication lists of already known researchers working in the project.

Special Calls for pressing environmental research questions

Foundations as research funding organizations can react rapidly to changes in society. In addition to general calls every autumn, the Nessling Foundation has opened four special calls during the past 10 years to react to the current research needs in environmental protection.

Previous special calls and results