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BNP Paribas Foundation Call for Research Projects on Climate Change

Since 2010, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been developing its Climate Initiative, a corporate philanthropy programme to support scientific research aimed at increasing our understanding about the climate and climate change, and to assess their impact on our environment.

The programme has a budget of €3 million over three years, and involves a call for projects followed by a rigorous selection process led by people who are well known within their area of research and representing a large scope of climate related research fields.

The aim of this call for projects is to select 4-7 research projects that will increase our understanding about issues related to climate change. The projects will receive financial support from the BNP Paribas Foundation for a three-year period (2017-2019).

The call for projects has two stages. From 1 March to 2 May 2016 included, teams whose projects meet the eligibility criteria set out below must submit a concept note via the BNP Paribas Foundation’s website. After that first stage, depending on the number of applications received, the BNP Paribas Foundation will pre-select applications on the basis of the assessment criteria set out below, with the agreement of the scientific committee’s members. Teams may be contacted in order to supplement their applications. Between 1 July and 15 September 2016, teams whose projects have been pre-selected must submit their full proposals. Projects will then be examined and classified by the scientific committee, which will make its final selection in a meeting scheduled for November 2016.

Candidate teams must designate a project co-ordinator, who will be BNP Paribas Foundation’s sole contact person during the selection process. Project co-ordinators will be informed about their project’s status at each stage of the selection process.

Throughout the call for projects period, applicants are strongly advised not to contact members of the scientific committee in order to present their project. If that rule is breached, the BNP Paribas Foundation reserves the right to exclude the projects concerned from the selection process.

Eligibility criteria

The project must be related a scientific research project (fundamental and/or applied research) and its subject must be the climate, climate change, the impact of climate change on our environment, or the adaptation of ecosystems and communities around the world. It may therefore address one or more research themes including climatology, physics, geology, oceanography, marine or terrestrial biology, glaciology, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, volcanology, and economic and social sciences.

The project leader must not already have received support from the BNP Paribas Foundation for a project that he/she co-ordinated, although he/she may be connected to a laboratory that has already received a grant or may have taken part in a project that has already received support.

The project submitted must not be a personal project (no bursaries will be awarded).

The public-interest organisation under which the project will take place must be non-profit-making and based in a European Union country, Iceland or Norway, although it may work in collaboration with laboratories that are not located in those countries.

The organisation must be capable of providing a French or English version of supporting documents related to:

  • its identity (copy of its articles of association, copy of the notice published in France’s official journal, official document from the country in which the organisation has its head office confirming its existence etc.),
  • its composition and management (list of members of its Office and Board of Directors, copy of minutes from the general meeting relating to management remuneration etc.),
  • its activities (last three activity reports),
  • its resources (last three balance sheets and financial reports),
  • its tax regime (declaration or any other official document from the tax authorities of the country in which the organisation has its head office establishing that gifts and payments received by the organisation are eligible for a tax regime that encourages corporate philanthropy)

The grant requested:

  • Must not exceed €800,000
  • Must equal between 25% and 60% of the project’s total budget
  • May cover all types of expenses (wages, equipment, consumables, travel expenses, event costs etc.)

Assessment criteria

  • The project’s scientific merit: the project’s degree of innovation, potential for advancing understanding of the subject concerned, interest in the subject among the international scientific community.
  • Publicising and developing interest in the project: quality of planned educational initiatives, potential for communicating with the general public regarding the project, and the innovative nature of initiatives planned in this area.
  • Project schedule: the project’s ability to deliver tangible results over the three years of funding.
  • Project organisation and characteristics of the teams involved: CVs of the project leader and members of the project team, diversity in terms of age, experience, disciplines etc. Please note that teams who will include a significant number of young researchers are welcomed.
  • International dimension: nature and number of collaborations with teams in different countries, number of geographical zones interested in the project and/or its results.
  • Impact of funding: importance of the funding requested for launching or continuing the project.
Application date
2 May 2016
3 years
Europe France Paris Île-de-France
Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Geography International Relations Law Political science Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Grants available
Award granted
Up to € 800.000