NORFACE Transformations to Sustainability

The Belmont Forum and NORFACE launch the programme Transformations to Sustainability (acronym: T2S). The programme contributes to re-structuring the broad field of sustainability research by placing social science and humanities (SSH) at the heart of interdisciplinary research in a step change in scale and scope for research programming on this topic. Researchers from SSH are invited to apply for funding on behalf of an international consortium.


To study the challenges targeted in this call, both inter- and transdisciplinary approaches that enable researchers to address the interconnections and interdependencies between natural and human systems, as well as between science and society, are needed. This programme has two major objectives:

  • To develop understanding of and promote research on transformations to sustainability which are of significant social, economic and policy concern throughout the world and of great relevance to both academics and stakeholders.
  • To build capacity, overcome fragmentation and have a lasting impact on both society and the research landscape by cultivating durable research collaboration across multiple borders, disciplinary boundaries, and with practitioners and societal partners.

This includes facilitating the development of new research collaborations with parts of the world which are not often involved in large-scale international research efforts, notably low- and middle-income countries.

Who can apply

A project team must involve at least three national research teams, based in three different countries, and eligible for the funding from three different T2S funders. A consortium must be led by a Main Applicant from SSH and consist of integrated teams of scientists from relevant other academic disciplines, and engage with societal stakeholders. Please refer to the call for proposals on the NORFACE website  for more details and national eligibility rules.

What to apply for

Proposals for small and large projects are equally welcome. The total funding requested per proposal must not exceed 1,500,000 euro across all participating partners. Projects can last up to 36 months.

When to apply

The deadline for submitting an Outline Proposal was 5 April 2017, 23.00 hours CE(S)T).

The deadline for submitting a Full Proposal (invitation only) will be 26 September 2017, 13.00 Eastern Standard Time.

Proposals must be submitted via the Belmont Forum Grant Operations System. Guidance on how to submit a proposal is available on the BFGO and NORFACE T2S websites.



All Outline Proposals and Full Proposals are assessed against three (equally weighted) sets of criteria:

  • Scientific excellence
  • Quality and efficiency of the implementation and the management plan
  • Potential impact


Eligible Outline Proposals will be reviewed by an international independent evaluation panel, based on the defined criteria and without making use of external referees. Based on their recommendation, the T2S Board decides which applicants will be invited to submit Full Proposals. All applicants will receive notification of this decision in June 2017.

Full Proposals will be reviewed by an international independent evaluation panel, based on the defined criteria and making use of external referees. Applicants will have an opportunity for rebuttal. The evaluation panel will make a funding recommendation to the T2S Board. Final funding decisions will be taken by the T2S Board in April 2018.

More information

For programme details and updates, please refer to the NORFACE website. If you have any questions regarding the national eligibility rules in the Netherlands, please contact NWO via



Temporarily closed for application


5 April 2017 13:00

Grant type



minimum of 13 million euro

Science area

Social Sciences and Humanities


ERA-NET New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe (NORFACE)


International collaboration (2015-2018)


Academy of Finland (AKA), L'Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR), Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS), Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), Fund for Scientific Research - FNRS (F.R.S.-FNRS), Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Irish Research Council (IRC), International Social Science Council (ISSC), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), National Science Foundation (NSF), The Research Council of Norway (RCN), Schweizerischer Nationalfonds (SNSF), Valsts izglītības attīstības aģentūra (VIAA) and Vetenskapsrådet (VR)


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