Background to the DECIMALS Fund

In April 2018 SRMGI launched the DECIMALS Fund, which will support scientists from developing countries who want to model the impacts that SRM could have on their regions.

The modelling fund is an idea that has been repeatedly raised and consistently supported at SRMGI’s workshops around the developing world. Participants have expressed strong interest to find out more about the potential local impacts of SRM, while noting the major problems in securing funding for such research. SRMGI has found that even where participants have been highly sceptical of SRM they have often supported the idea of local scientists researching the potential risks and benefits to the region.

DECIMALS is the first fund of its kind. It was featured in a Comment published in Nature in April 2018, where a group of eminent Southern scholars and NGO leaders called for developing countries to play a leading role in SRM research and discussion. SRMGI hopes that the modelling fund will allow scientists in the developing world to deepen their understanding of SRM while providing scientifically useful, policy-relevant research that will encourage further discussion in their countries and regions.

DECIMALS research grants

DECIMALS research projects will run from late 2018 through to the end of 2020. The modelling teams will work with data generated by large climate model runs, such as the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP) or the NCAR Geoengineering Large Ensemble (GLENS). Grants of up to USD$70k will support scientists as they explore the climate impacts that matter most locally, from droughts to extreme temperatures to precipitation changes.

The DECIMALS Fund aims to go beyond research: its wider goals include capacity-building, community-building, and expanding the conversation around SRM. DECIMALS research teams will therefore receive financial support to attend conferences, to collaborate with each other and with SRM modelling experts, and to discuss their findings with their local communities at the end of their projects.

The fund is administered by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). Providing grants to developing country scientists is already a central activity at TWAS, which distributes more than $1M in research grants every year to support science across the developing world.

Call for proposals now closed

The DECIMALS call for proposals ran from April-May 2018. Results will be announced here in December 2018.


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Experts from around the world provided generous intellectual input to the design of the DECIMALS Fund. In particular, SRMGI would like to thank the participants of a planning workshop for DECIMALS, held in the margins of the SRMGI Global Forum in Berlin in October 2017: Prof. Paulo Artaxo (University of São Paulo, Brazil), Dr Peter Irvine (Harvard University, USA), Prof. Asfawossen Kassaye (University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), Dr Ben Kravitz (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA), Prof. Felino Lansigan (University of the Philippines Los Baños), Dr Douglas MacMartin (Cornell University, USA), Prof. Saroj Kanta Mishra (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India), Dr Christopher Oludhe (University of Nairobi, Kenya), Prof. Alan Robock (Rutgers University, USA), Dr Fahad Saeed (Climate Analytics, Germany), Prof. Michael Taylor (University of the West Indies, Jamaica), Dr Simone Tilmes (National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA). Their support and advice were invaluable. Responsibility for the final design of the Fund – and any shortcomings – are the responsibility of SRMGI alone.