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The Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS) is offering planning grant aims to enable scientists to produce project proposals targeting one or several of five development challenges prioritized by SDSN.

The following five SDSN challenges have been selected by SSEESS as focus areas of this grant because they have high relevance to Global Environmental Change (GEC):

  1. Improve Agricultural Systems and Raise Rural Prosperity
  2. Empower inclusive, productive and resilient cities
  3. Curb human-induced climate change and ensure sustainable energy
  4. Secure biodiversity, and ensure good management of water, oceans, forests and natural resources
  5. Transform governance for sustainable development

The grant can be used to cover the cost for traveling, workshops, meetings, etc. when at least one natural or social scientist affiliated with a Swedish research institution and one of his/her partners from the developing country/region concerned are working together on the project proposal.

SSEESS will also assist grantees with the submission of the proposals resulting from this grant to the Leadership Council of SDSN. These proposals are called SDSN Solution Initiatives. If endorsed by the Leadership Council, the SDSN will seek to assist SSEESS grantees in targeting funding from industry as well as research and development funding agencies for implementation of their solution initiatives. SSEESS grantees are also encouraged and expected to apply for funding through other channels.

Conditions and Eligibility 
Main applicants for this grant should be natural and social scientists affiliated with a Swedish research institution and have a PhD degree awarded no later than the closing date for applications in this call.

Moreover, the proposed planning grant project should include close collaboration between the main applicant(s) and scientists from developing countries- minimum one scientist from Sweden and one partner from the developing country/region concerned. Developing countries legible for this call are those classified as Least Developing Countries, Low Income Countries, and Lower Middle Income Countries and Territories as it is stated in the DAC list of ODE recipients.

It is an advantage if the main applicants can also show that they have partners from the Swedish industry.

Grant Amount and Period
Grants of maximum SEK 100 000 each will be awarded for a six-month period, from February 1 t0 August 15,  2015.

Timeline
Deadline to apply is November 14, 2014 and main applicants will be notified in early January 2015. Visit SSEESS’ website to learn more and to download the application form.