Call with China on green cities

Joint call of NWO and the Chinese Academy of Sciences

25 November 2019

NWO, through the Merian Fund, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have launched a joint call for proposals on Green Cities. This topic is of great interest and importance to both China and The Netherlands due to the increasingly urban nature of their populations. The deadline for applications is 21 January 2020.

Photo credits: Berry Bonenkamp

This call focuses on research in order to develop application-oriented solutions to better integrate green areas in the city landscapes, to help develop practical innovations, and support decisions and policymakers towards sustainable planning and practices, strategies and policies. These application-oriented solutions are aimed at balancing trade-offs and amplifying synergies between economic development and social demands while simultaneously preserving the environment, for instance by introducing transfer of development rights (TDR).

The projects in the Green Cities programme should address challenges (taking into account urban agriculture, sustainablilty and biodiversity) relating to better integrating green areas into a city. The projects are expected to translate research to inform policies in developing options for integrating multi-functional green areas in a sustainable way.


This call for proposals is valid until the closing date:
21 January 2020 (for the submission of applications to NWO)
21 January 2020 (for the submission of applications to CAS.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications must be submitted to both NWO and CAS.

About the Merian Fund

The Merian Fund is a fund for international cooperation with (emerging) science countries. The common thread within the Merian Fund is international research to promote the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals worldwide. The Merian Fund cooperates with seven partners in five countries: FAPESP (Brazil), NSFC and CAS (China), DST and DBT (India), RISTEKDIKTI ( Indonesia) and NRF (South Africa). WOTRO Science for Global Development is responsible for the implementation of the calls under the Merian Fund.

Source: NWO