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The Belmont Forum coordinates funding for collaborative research. Such high-priority research activities improve the way funding agencies collaborate with each other and develop further opportunities for research.
DISTASTE risk, reduction and RESILIENCE An international call open to Qatar-based research institutions
In recent decades, through national, regional, and international endeavors, our global society has gradually learned to manage the devastating consequences of disasters and acknowledge that disaster mitigation can be most efficiently and effectively managed by collaborative engagement of all sectors of our society and through the integration of interdisciplinary scientific understanding with stakeholder knowledge. Hence, this call specifically focuses on research efforts involving co-engagement and collective actions of all stakeholders to ameliorate disaster risk and enhance overall societal resilience to disasters.
This collaborative research action seeks to advance research within the themes listed below:
- Theme 1. Assessment and Reduction
of Disaster Risk
- Theme 2. Enhancing Disaster
- Theme 3. Cyber-Enabled Effective
Each project proposal must be submitted by a project consortium consisting of at least three eligible applicants from at least three participating countries.
In compliance with the above themes, QNRF invites the Qatar-based researchers to submit proposals aligned to one or more of the below specific topics:
- Capacity building in disaster risk management.
- Cascade effects and disruption of critical infrastructure.
- Gulf water pollution.
- Identification, understanding and assessment of disaster risks in hot and arid environments.
- Infrastructure resilience.
- Low frequency and high impact natural hazards: vulnerability, exposure, prediction & mitigation.
- Multi-hazard early warning systems and risk information for large events.
- Pre-disaster recovery planning and risk communication frameworks.
- Risk assessment and modelling of natural and technological disasters.
- Trans-epidemic diseases.
Each proposal must be submitted in a form of a consortium consisting of at least three eligible applicants from at least three of the call’s participating funders. QNRF will cover the costs of the Qatar-based teams with a budget that reaches up to US $250,000 per project per year for up to 3 years. Qatar-based teams must be led by a Lead Principal Investigator (LPI).
General information and contacts:
Updated information on this joint call, the call for proposals and all relevant documents/templates are published on
Dr. Sadim Jawhar, Joint Funding Program Manager, through
Dr. Omar Boukhris, Senior Manager, Energy and Environment, through