The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has released details of forthcoming calls for proposals, which are under development and will be released as part of the Newton Fund. These are:
- Ganga Delta – Bay of Bengal Interactions. A joint programme with India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences to understand the effects of climate change and human activity on the Ganga Delta and Bay of Bengal, and the potential mitigation of risks to the ecosystem services which they provide. The aim is to support the sustainable development of India’s marine and coastal environments.
- Wallacea understanding biodiversity and evolutionary responses to environmental change. This is a joint programme with the Indonesian Science Fund (DIPI) to improve our understanding and predictive capabilities of community biodiversity and dynamics, in response to environmental change. This will provide insights to enable Indonesia to manage its biodiversity, balancing the need for conservation and socio-economic development.
- Increasing resilience to hydrometeorological hazards. Collaborative research programmes are under discussion with partners in five countries in Southeast Asia: Ristekdikti in Indonesia, NAFOSTED in Vietnam, MiGHT and MoHE in Malaysia, PCIEERD in the Philippines and TRF and NSTDA in Thailand. The aim of each programme will be to improve understanding of the impact of hydrometeorological hazards and how to increase resilience; the specific scope of each programme will be determined by partner country interests.
It is anticipated that workshops will be held for each of these activities, at a time and venue to be confirmed. They are likely to be held in the autumn and in the partner countries. When arrangements have been confirmed, NERC will issue calls for participants, targeting researchers working in relevant disciplines.
The NERC website provides further details of these activities.