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The Global Call on Science Missions for Sustainability Closes with 250 Submissions

The call for applications, which closed on 31 May, received 250 expressions of interest from more than 70 countries.

Out of the 250 expressions of interest received in response to the Global Call, eligible proposals will now undergo thorough evaluation by the Selection Committee, in collaboration with the ISC Secretariat, until the end of June 2024.

The Committee, which has refined the selection process and criteria for the Pilot Science Missions, will assess the proposals and make recommendations to the Secretariat regarding shortlisted applications. These shortlisted candidates will then be invited to matchmaking events with funders, starting in September. By mid-October, shortlisted consortia will be asked to submit full bids, which will once again be thoroughly assessed by the Selection Committee.

The Oversight Committee will make the final decision on which Pilot Science Missions to fund, based on the recommendations of the Selection Committee. This includes final approval of funding disbursements for the 18-month co-design phase.

Between January 2025 and June 2026, up to five Pilot Missions will test the visionary model developed by the Global Commission on Science Missions for Sustainability and unveiled at the 2023 UN High-Level Political Forum in the document titled “Flipping the Science Model: A Roadmap to Science Missions for Sustainability.”

Cover of the "Flipping the Science Model" report

Flipping the Science Model

International Science Council, 2023. Flipping the science model: a roadmap to science missions for sustainability, Paris, France, International Science Council. DOI: 10.24948/2023.08.

Selected Pilots will illustrate how collaborative efforts involving scientists, policymakers, non-governmental organizations, communities, and the private sector can lead to innovative solutions for complex sustainability challenges. These efforts will pave the way for adapting and expanding the model, demonstrating the value of collaborative transdisciplinary efforts in fast-tracking the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accelerating societal transformation toward sustainability.

The Oversight Committee  

  • Peter Gluckman – President of the ISC
  • Macharia Kamau – Ambassador, Former Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Special Envoy and Senior Advisor, Uhuru Kenyatta Institute, Senior Advisor GSTIC
  • Marcia McNutt –  President of of the US National Academy of Sciences
  • Gabriela Ramos – UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences
  • Lidia Brito – UNESCO Assistant Director General for Natural Sciences
  • Bernard Sabrier – Chairman of Unigestion and CEO of Unigestion Asia Pte Ltd
  • Didier Roux – Member of the French Academy of Sciences, Member of the French Academy of Technologies

The Selection Committee

  • Matthias Kaiser – Professor at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities (SVT) at the University of Bergen
  • Susan Parnell – Professor at the University of Bristol and University of Cape Town
  • Carlos Nobre – Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Sao Paulo
  • Lorrae van Kerkhoff – ANU Institute for Water Futures
  • Luis Sobrevia – Cellular and Molecular Physiology Laboratory at the Pontificia Universidad Católcia de Chile
  • Stephen Ratuva – University of Canterbury, Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies
  • Gabriele Bammer – Australian National University
  • Uta Wehn – IHE Delft Institute for Water Education
  • George Gao – Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Zarina Patel – University of Cape Town
  • Marie-Alexandrine Sicre – French National Centre for Scientific Research


Katsia Paulavets

Katsia Paulavets

Senior Science Officer

International Science Council

Katsia Paulavets

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