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Facing Societal and Environmental Changes (SOC&ENV)

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Science and societies must jointly confront a double challenge: facing the multiplicity of large scale environmental changes, while preserving the socio-economic and ethical issues highlighted by the Agenda 21 on sustainable development (Earth Summit, Rio, 1992).

Facing both societal and environmental changes at large scale call for new ways to do science, beyond the needed strengthening of environmental science. It requires more disciplines involved including humanities and social sciences, interdisciplinary and systemic approaches, and research that is transdisciplinary (i.e. meaning involvement of stakeholders and science users from public, private or community sectors).

The program SOC&ENV (2012-2014) is intended to strengthen French research leadership and broaden the scope of topics covered by the previous GEC&S programme (2009-2011), giving more strength both to questions associated with the dynamics of human societies and environmental knowledge bottlenecks:

  • Area 1: Environmental knowledge bottlenecks at regional and decadal time scales (climate, water, soil)
  • Area 2: Social knowledge bottlenecks
  • Area 3: Integrated research studies for more effective solutions

International teams are welcomed with Brazil: an agreement has been signed with Brazilian foundations in the States of Sao Paulo (FAPESP) and Pernambuco (FACEPE) to co-finance French-Brazilian projects. Other international collaborations are possible, in particular with global South. Within the context of the European Research Area, Climate-KIC projects are also welcomed.

General information

Attention: the contact details mentioned below may not be valid as of today. In order to find the adequate contact details, please consult the "departments" section.

Erratum: version 2 of the call for proposals. Changes are: closing deadline date has been modified: 25 May 2012 instead of 22 May 2012.



Technical, scientific, administrative and financial questions:
Sophie Lebonvallet
Tel.: +33 (0)1 73 54 81 81

ANR Programme Director:
Patrick Monfray

Release date of the call: Friday 9 March 2012

Deadline for submission of proposals: Friday 25 May 2012 13:00