Call for proposals for DECIMALS grants now open
Berlin, 4 April 2018 – SRMGI, in partnership with TWAS, is proud to open the call for proposals for a major new SRM modelling fund for developing country scientists: the DECIMALS Fund (Developing Country Impacts Modelling Analysis for SRM). DECIMALS will support scientists from the Global South who want to analyse how SRM geoengineering might affect their regions. This is the first fund of its kind and it is featured in a Comment that’s published today in Nature, where a group of eminent Southern scholars and NGO leaders call for developing countries to play a central role in SRM research and discussion.
Grants of up to USD$70k will support scientists as they explore the climate impacts that matter most locally, from droughts to cyclones to extreme temperatures and 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.
Note that applicants do not need to be experts in SRM at the time of application, as there has been little research on this across the Global South to date.
The call is open from now until 29 May 2018
Background to the DECIMALS Fund
Since 2011, SRMGI has led the world in expanding the conversation around SRM to developing countries, running engagement meetings in 12 different countries in partnership with 20 local organisations including NGOs, science academies and universities. By building the capacity of people in developing countries to work on SRM research and governance, SRMGI is creating the conditions for more equitable, open, and informed consideration of the merits and drawbacks of SRM.
Thanks to a major grant from the Open Philanthropy Project, SRMGI is as of 2018 expanding the scope of its work and setting up a developing world modelling research fund. This is an idea that has been repeatedly raised and consistently supported at developing country workshops, where participants have expressed strong interest to find out more about how SRM could affect their regions, 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. 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.
The DECIMALS grants
Starting this year and running over a period of about two and a half years, DECIMALS grants will support small research teams to analyse the impacts that SRM could have on their regions. The research is expected to address any aspect of physical climate change or any climate impact, such as agriculture, ecosystems or water resources. The research 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).
For full information on all the details of DECIMALS, please refer to our “application guide” page.
The DECIMALS fund is administered by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), which is one of the three original convening partners of SRMGI. 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.
How to apply
Opening on 4 April 2018, the call for proposal for DECIMALS grants will run until 29 May 2018 23:59 CET. SRMGI expects to award between five and seven grants through TWAS for projects running from August 2018 to December 2020.
Before applying for a DECIMALS grant, please read carefully all the information available on our “application guide“ page.
A link to the application page is available at the bottom of the “application guide” page.
For questions related to the scientific aspects of DECIMALS, please contact email@example.com.
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: 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.