Call for Proposals: European Space Agency – Future Earth Joint Activities (Due November 2, 2018)

In efforts to strengthen partnership activities between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Future Earth, there is a second call for proposals that promote the use of Earth observation data and tools to support Future Earth’s research objectives and meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These proposals should focus on one of three key topics: engaging new research communities, novel uses of ESA Earth observation data, or the exploitation of essential climate variable datasets from ESA’s Climate Change Initiative. Applications will be accepted until November 2, 2018, and four successful proposals (up to €12,000) will be selected in late November 2018. For more information, please review the guidelines on the ESA – Future Earth Joint Activities Call for Proposals 2018.

Additionally, there will be a quarterly call for travel funds for Future Earth members to attend ESA-organized and supported meetings and engage with the Earth observation community. For more information, please review the ESA – Future Earth guidelines and application form.

For additional questions, please contact the ESA – Future Earth Liaison Officer, Cat Downy.

European Commission “Early Warning for Epidemics” Solicitation (Due September 1, 2020)

Vector-borne diseases, or those bacterial, viral or parasitic diseases transmitted by a vector (e.g., mosquito, fleas, flies, sandflies, ticks), cause significant morbidity and mortality across the world, especially to tropical and subtropical geographic regions. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), vector-borne diseases (17% of all infectious diseases) increase health burden, causing more than 700,000 annual global deaths.

To address this challenge, the European Commission has taken one step forward to lead global efforts to identify an effective approach toward the coordination of an early warning system for infectious disease epidemics. Of the six European Innovation Council (EIC) Horizon Prizes, one EIC Horizontal Prize is focused on the “Early Warning for Epidemics”. Applications will be accepted until September 1, 2020, and funding (up to €5 million value) will be awarded in the first quarter of 2021.

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, stated, “Every year there are over one million reported deaths from vector-borne diseases globally. Their societal impact is significant, often causing disability, stigmatisation and exacerbating poverty. This EIC prize will be a launchpad for innovators to find solutions that help prevent future outbreaks and improve life quality.”

For more information regarding the contest rules and application process, please visit the EIC Horizon Prize webpage and view the Early Warning for Epidemics infographic.