Transformations to Sustainability

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730211

The Belmont Forum and NORFACE have launched the Programme ”Transformations to Sustainability” (acronym: T2S). T2S will contribute to re-structuring the broad field of sustainability research by placing social science and humanities at the heart of interdisciplinary research in a step change in scale and scope for research programming on this topic. Co-production of knowledge and research problem formulation is considered to be critical to the process of societal transformation. Researchers from social sciences/humanities (SSH) who applied to T2S on behalf of a consortium and are invited to submit a Full Proposal should meet the deadline of 26 September 2017.

The European Commission is providing top-up funding via an ERA-NET Cofund grant to this joint research programme.

The Belmont Forum and NORFACE launched the T2S programme in January 2017. Applications to the research programme are processed in two stages. In the first stage, Outline Proposals were invited with a deadline of 5 April 2017. 154 eligible proposals were submitted to the programme. These proposals were assessed by the T2S Panel of Experts.

Based on the panel’s recommendations, the T2S Board decided to invite 40 teams to the Full Proposal stage. The Main Applicants who submitted an Outline Proposal have been informed of the result regarding their application. The deadline for the submission of Full Proposals is on 26 September 2017.

Funding decisions will be taken by the T2S Board in April 2018. Soon after, information on the funded projects will be published on this website.

Objectives and themes
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.

The programme is structured around three themes, every research project should focus on at least one of these themes:

  1. Governance and institutional dimensions of transformations to sustainability
  2. Economy and finance of transformations to sustainability
  3. Well-being, quality of life, identity, and social and cultural values in relation to transformations to sustainability