Pathways Communication Grants

Pathways Communication Grants


The Pathways Communication Grants Program seeks to ensure that scientific contributions supporting the development of pathways for sustainability reach relevant audiences beyond the scientific community.

To promote wider uptake and understanding of pathways for sustainability, the grant supports the dissemination of scientific research findings via innovative dissemination formats and practices.


Researchers, incl. PhD students, from universities or research institutions are invited to submit proposals for communication products that aim to disseminate scientific outcomes developed within inter- and/or trans-disciplinary research projects, and are addressed to the broader public.

Scope of Proposals

Proposals should outline and describe the importance of the communication product and its potential impact on the development of sustainable pathways and refer to completed research outcomes of projects that advance the understanding of at least one of the following three aspects of pathways for sustainability:

  • How interactions at various scales in complex human-environment systems produce trade-offs or synergies within a context of competing development agendas and claims on resources,

  • How transformations can be mobilized to enable expansion of integrated pathways to sustainability in diverse concrete contexts,

  • How pathways and processes of transformation, which are likely to differ between places given differences in histories, contexts and values, interact across locations and scales, creating both tensions and synergies, and ‘add up’ to outcomes at the regional and global levels.

    Award Information

    The call for proposals is open for 2022. The first call closed on January 31, 2022 and three projects were selected. The second call will close on October 31, 2022.

    Funding amount for each project: 2,500 € to 10,000 €

    Estimated number of awards: 5-20

    The total funding available for 2022 is 60,000 €.

    Priority Groups: One third of the funding will be allocated to support proposals led by researchers from and working in low and middle income countries.

    Another third will be allocated to support proposals led by early career researchers, as another priority group. Early career researchers are defined here as PhD students or researchers who have received their PhD within the last six years.

    Supported Communication Products

    The grant supports a part or the entirety of the costs of a communication product. Supported communication products include but are not limited to: printed or digital publications (policy briefs, factsheets, brochures, white papers, short reports, etc.), videos, audios, digital interactive learning tools, and data visualizations.

    The supported communication products must be based on completed research outcomes or synthesis, and be ready to be turned into a communication piece. Communications products in any language relevant to the target audience (aligned with the needs of the target audience) ​​can be supported. Proposals and all supplementary application materials, however, must be submitted in English.

    Supported communication products should be launched and publicly available within 8 months from the date of the funding transfer.

    Products not supported: website design and maintenance, scientific posters, publications in scientific journals and books.

    The grant does not make any retrospective awards for communication products already published.

    Proposal Preparation and Submission Information

    Successful proposals must provide the following pieces of information, which needs to be consolidated into a single PDF document. Please ensure that all links to supplementary material are active and accessible from the PDF file provided.

  • Title of the communication product and type of product(s).

  • The name, affiliation and contact details of the Scientific Leader of the proposal.

  • Proposal narrative (1000 – 2000 words) explaining the content to be communicated through the product, to whom (the target audience) and how. Outline and describe the importance of the communication product and its potential impact on the development of sustainable pathways and explain which aspects of pathways for sustainability are address (refer to Scope of Proposals section) and how.

  • Detailed development and dissemination plans (including timeline, targeted audience(s) and how they will be reached).

  • Budget and
    budget narrative detailing how grant funding will be spent. In addition, please provide the contact details of the communication service providers and their quotes if known and list any other funding support or grants for which the applicant has applied, including amounts and the results, if known.

    Budget must be calculated in €. If ineligible costs are included in the proposal budget, please indicate whether these costs are covered elsewhere and not being requested from this grant. Proposals requesting ineligible costs from this grant will not be considered. If you are unsure if costs will be eligible, please contact the Future Earth Secretariat before submitting to ensure that your proposal will be assessed.

  • Short CV for the Scientific Leader and proposal partners, no longer than 2 pages for each. Previous experience in communication with a broad audience should be highlighted.

  • Letter of Intent duly signed by the Beneficiary (i.e. the legal entity receiving funding for a Project selected as a result of the Call for Proposals) certifying the Beneficiary’s agreement with (1) receiving the funds in case of proposal success and; (2) the Rules of Participation defined in the document here (which includes the template for the Letter of Intent).

    Please read all of the requirements carefully before submitting to ensure that your proposal will be assessed. Proposals that do not meet all the eligibility requirements (for both the applicant and the costs) will not be evaluated by the selection committee.

    Applicants should send the above materials as a single PDF to the Future Earth Secretariat at All submission materials should be written in English. Applicants who are members of a Future Earth entity, such as a Global Research Project, a Knowledge Action Network, a National Committee, etc. are asked to indicate it in their application.

    Deadline: Proposals must be submitted at the latest on October 31, 2022.

    Review Criteria

    Eligible proposals will be evaluated based on:

  • The fit of the proposal to the scope of the call,

  • The clarity of the proposal,

  • The importance of and potential impact of the communication product(s) on the development of sustainable pathways,

  • The quality and originality of the research outputs forming the basis for the communication product(s),

  • The overall communication and dissemination approach.

    Administrative Information and Post-Award Requirements

    Selection committee: Each application will be evaluated by a selection committee composed of scientific experts and communications professionals.

    A Final Statement of Expenditures summarizing all eligible costs/expenditures made by the Beneficiary for the Project over its total duration shall be sent by the Beneficiary to the Future Earth Secretariat within 3 months after the end date of the Project.

    The published work will be advertised and, as far as possible downloadable, on the Future Earth website. Future Earth must be acknowledged within the published work, through the following mention: “this (name of product) received financial support from the Future Earth Pathways Initiative”.

    Where the published work is protectable by Copyright, the Beneficiary shall grant the Future Earth Secretariat, free of charge the right to diffuse the published work on the Future Earth website or any other Future Earth communication media under the following Creative Common License:

    Notification of Results

    All applicants should expect to be notified of the outcome of their application by December 21, 2022.

    For more information and application details, see; Pathways Communication Grants

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