Stockholm (NordSIP) – Hoping to tackle the lack of insight about the value of biodiversity in our economic system, Mistra, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, issued a call for proposals regarding a new research programme, focusing on biodiversity and the financial system.
The call invites research groups, jointly with the finance industry, other businesses, civil society organizations, the public sector and other stakeholders, to submit research proposals examining how, the financial system can evolve to minimise damage, and maximise benefit, to biodiversity, so that it can be preserved and restored.
“The call has been the subject of great interest, even during preparatory work, both from researchers and the financial sector. We hope that this interest will be converted into real collaboration and creative ideas, and thus generate some truly interesting proposals at the end of the year,” says Åsa Moberg, Programmes Director at Mistra.
A research programme with a focus on biodiversity and the financial system is expected to deal with links, interactions, conflicts and trade-offs between societal goals, potential solutions and their consequences. The programme should also link its research to ongoing policy development processes at various levels, including the application of the Paris Agreement, EU taxonomy, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.
The call is based upon the background report, Aligning Markets with Biodiversity, which was published in June. In association with its publication, Mistra also hosted a webinar, The Missing Link – Biodiversity and our Financial System, at which the link between biodiversity and the financial system was discussed.
“A great deal is happening in this area and it is happening fast, while this is also a very complex issue. We therefore believe that a Mistra programme can both contribute both a critical eye and offer creative solutions through collaboration between societal actors,” adds Moberg.
The programme’s expected budget is worth SEK55 million over four years, of which Mistra’s financial contribution will reach a maximum of SEK50 million, while the remaining amount is to be cp-funded by non-academic partners. The research proposal should be a maximum of 40 pages plus appendices (impact logic, CV and certificate from programme host).
An information meeting in English, via Zoom, on 6 October 09.00–10.30. It will be possible to ask questions during the meeting. Interested participants can register here. Research proposals to reach Mistra not later than Monday, December 20, 2021 at 4:00 pm. The application must be sent to [email protected] as a single pdf file. The proposals will be evaluated during the first two months of 2022 by an international expert panel. A final funding decision by Mistra’s Board is due to be reached in March.