OPEN CALL for networks


Nordic Forest Research (SNS) and the Forest Bioeconomy Network hereby announce a joint research network call. The aim of the call is to promote collaboration and strengthen forest research related to bioeconomy in the Nordic region by networking activities. Deadline for application submission is June 1st, 2020 at 24:00 CET

Features of funded networks
Participants in submitted networks should represent at least five countries consisting of three research institutions in the Nordic* region AND two research institutions in additional countries of relevance for the activities of the network. Successful applicants may receive funds of approximately 100 000-200 000 SEK for activities over the course of one year (2021), covering at most 50% of the total budget for the network. Each gender must be represented by a minimum of 40% of the participants in the network and PhD students and early career researchers should be included in the network.

* Nordic is defined as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the autonomous areas of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland Islands. 

Network outputs should be useful for the Nordic community and should include knowledge exchange across national borders through e.g. arranging workshops, seminars, scientific meetings or open conferences. Networks could also write large-scale research funding applications, design policy recommendations based on research findings, produce peer-reviewed scientific papers, and create or maintain databases or websites.

Focus areas of the call
Successful proposals should relate to at least one of the following focus areas of the SNS Strategy plan:
Maintenance and increased utilisation of forest-based ecosystem services
Climate change mitigation and adaptation
Meeting the demands of sustainable forest management in a growing bioeconomy

We particularly encourage networks that focus on: 
1. Biodiversity management in production forests
2. Forestry and reindeer herding

We call for network proposals either within the general focus areas, or within the two particular focus areas. We do not expect proposals to cover all or several of the focus areas.


Biodiversity management in production forests

The Nordic forests provide numerous ecosystem services and benefits for e.g, climate, including carbonsequestration, environment and social values. Together, these demands on the forest are causing trade-off decisions, and potential conflicts. At present, an increasing demand from societal point of view focus on biodiversity provided by the forest.  Preventing biodiversity loss is complex and there are numerous drivers behind declining biodiversity including land use changes, climate change, pollution and invasive species. Today we stand at a tipping point with many species facing extinction due to human activities.

Many red-listed species in the Nordic countries are connected to forests. To reach the goals of a greener future and legally binding treaties such as the UN Convention on Biological Diversity this call focuses on commercial forests as a source of resilience and biodiversity. The Nordic Council of Ministers recently decided to set a new vision for an even greener future, and one of the prioritized areas will be to safeguard biodiversity, read more here. By this funding opportunity we want to ensure that Nordic policies are based on sound research to take preventive and adaptive measures to stem biodiversity loss. We want networks including experts on biodiversity and forest management that can provide insightful facts, new solutions and guidance to the Nordic forest sector regarding management that balance biodiversity and production in forests where forestry is practiced.


Forestry and reindeer herding

Forestry and reindeer herding are integral parts of the arctic bioeconomy in northern Finland, Sweden and Norway. We call for networks that e.g, explore economic aspects of forestry and reindeer herding and ways to sustain joint benefits through integrated resource management and manage potential conflicts between forestry and reindeer husbandry. The decline in lichen coverage is a pressing issue that requires attention and adequate forest management in this region. To prevent the decline of available ground lichen for reindeer, we call for networks that study the effects of forest management on winter grazing resources for reindeer. Networks could also study the interaction between forestry and reindeer husbandry e.g. the intersection between reindeer-adapted policies and forest management.

 

Call text

Application form

Deadline: June 1st 2020 at 24:00 CET

 

Contact:

Mimmi Blomquist, sns@slu.se

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