Call with Indonesia on regional planning and sustainable urbanisation

26 May 2020

NWO, through the Merian Fund, and the Indonesian RISTEKBRIN launched a joint call for proposals on ‘Regional Planning and Sustainable Urbanisation’. Professor Radjasa of RISTEKBRIN 'Working with stakeholders on joint solutions in planning a city is needed, for exampe for nature-based solutions to disaster risk reduction'. The call was announced during the Science Day in March, but the launch was postponed due to corona. The deadline for applications is set at 1 October.

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The sustainable development of urban areas is of key importance. The increasing rate of urbanisation requires sustainable cities, with efficient, low-carbon, and user-friendly technologies and services, safe and affordable housing, opportunities for work and education, and a healthy environment for citizens. 'It is great that NWO and RISTEKBRIN can enable researchers to work together on these important challenges’, said Sebastiaan den Bak, representing NWO at the Science Day.

Integrated solutions needed

Did you know? A webinar on the call, the requirements, and application procedure.will take place on 2 September. Further information will be published when available

Solutions require an integrated approach. NWO and RISTEKBRIN invite consortia of Dutch and Indonesian researchers and practitioner partners to submit research proposals on regional planning and sustainable urbanisation, that look at both:

  • Ways of planning and governance of urbanisation, including disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, and;
  • The development of ecosystem based mechanism, tools and technologies to aid sustainable urban planning and urbanisation.

Announcement of the call at the Indonesian Science Day, March 2020

Proposals should address both the social science and technical aspects, in an interdisciplinary approach. The main objective of this call is to develop application-oriented solutions for sustainable urbanisation in Indonesia. The proposed solutions should therefore aim at balancing trade-offs and amplifying synergies between economic development, social demands, and environmental issues. Regional connectivities and externalities should also be taken into account to reduce regional gaps between sustainable urban and its surrounding areas.

About the Merian Fund

The Merian Fund is a fund at NWO 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 Cooperation Indonesia-The Netherlands programme falls under the Merian Fund at NWO.

The Merian Fund cooperates with seven partners in five countries: FAPESP (Brazil), NSFC and CAS (China), DST and DBT (India), RISTEKBRIN ( Indonesia) and NRF (South Africa). WOTRO Science for Global Development is responsible for the implementation of the calls under the Merian Fund.

Source: NWO