Belmont Forum

The Belmont Forum is a group of high-level representatives from major funding agencies across the globe and is a member of The Science and Technology Alliance (S&T Alliance), the funders of the new initiative Future Earth.




The International Global Funding Organisation (IGFA) and its Council of Principals the Belmont Forum decided in 2014 to merge under the common name Belmont Forum. This decision was taken during the annual Belmont Forum meeting held in Beijing beginning of October 2014.


The Belmont Forum aims to accelerate delivery of the environmental research needed to remove critical barriers to sustainability by aligning and mobilizing international resources. It pursues the goals set in the Belmont Challenge by adding value to existing national investments and supporting international partnerships in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary scientific endeavors.

In order to meet the goals of the Belmont Challenge, delivering knowledge to support human action and adaptation to global environmental change, the Belmont Forum coordinates funding for collaborative research actions (CRAs).

CRAs will:

  • Address the Belmont Challenge priorities (i.e. societally relevant global environmental change challenges)
  • Lever Belmont Forum members existing investments through international added value
  • Bring together new partnerships of natural scientists, social scientists, and users

These high-priority research activities improve the way funding agencies collaborate with each other and develop opportunities for research.

SSEESS involvement

Between 2011 and 2016, SSEESS represented the Swedish funders within the SSEESS Partnership – Formas, Forte, Vetenskapsrådet, and Sida – at this forum. During the last few years SSEESS had positions in the Steering Committee as well as in the Secretariat.