SOLSTICE Enabling Societal Transformation in the Face of Climate Change

Due to health and safety measures in relation to COVID-19, the Secretariat (BELSPO) for the JPI Climate SOLSTICE Call have had to postpone the Scientific Evaluation Committee meeting originally planned for mid-April 2020. As a result, it will take longer for the Secretariat to complete the evaluation process and for applicants to receive feedback on their proposal submission. BELSPO will inform applicants as soon as they can confirm a revised timeline. Thank you for your understanding in these exceptional circumstances.

JPI Climate Call for Proposals

Climate change is one of the most pressing global challenges facing society. ESRC is participating in a JPI Climate joint transnational call, SOLSTICE, which aims to enable the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research community to take the lead in understanding and contributing to solving the societal challenges of climate change.  To enable transformational change, novel interdisciplinary collaborations across social sciences and humanities from consortia from at least three participating countries (UK, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia and Norway) are required.

'We need to manage a major transition or it will manage us. The insights of Social Sciences and Humanities are essential to informing a positive transformation in the face of climate change' - Frank McGovern, Joint Programme Initiative Climate Chair.

Proposals should address one or more of the following topics:

  • Social justice and participation: the dynamics of participation and political behaviour in climate change policy
  • Sense making, cultural meaning and risk perception: transformative learning, engagement and the challenge of societal indifference
  • Transformative finance and economy: economic transition, innovation and the cost of carbon.

SOLSTICE is launched by the Joint Programming Initiative "Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe" (JPI Climate) which is a pan-European intergovernmental initiative gathering European countries to jointly coordinate climate research and fund new transnational research initiatives that provide useful climate knowledge and services for post-COP21 Climate Action.


A total contribution of approximately €6,9 million will be provided by ten national funding agencies across Europe for transnational collaborative research projects.   The UK budget for this call is approximately €1.5 million Euros total contribution and it is anticipated that three to six projects with UK components will be funded.  ESRC will provide funding for 80% of the Full Economic Cost (FEC) of research.

The Call will be administered via the Belgium Science Policy Office (BELSPO).  Applicants should consult the Guidelines for applicants document on the homepage of the SOLSTICE website in conjunction with the guidance for UK applicants. Proposals should be submitted via the SOLSTICE Electronic Submissions Platform.  Please note that UK applicants will be expected to submit additional documents with their proposal.  Further guidance is provided below.

Call Documents

The Call will be administered via the Belgium Science Policy Office (BELSPO). Information on submitting your proposal is available via the SOLSTICE website.

Additional guidance for UK Applicants:

The call for outline proposals will close at 17.00 (CET) 09 January 2020 and the call for full proposals will close at 17.00 (CET) on 03 February 2020.

Please note that the outline proposal forms part of the full proposal and must be completed 9 January 2020 via the submissions platform on the SOLSTICE website.  On the 9 January 2020 the outline section and its subsections will become read-only on the submissions platform. Applicants will still be able to see the information they entered and still be able to enter/modify all other information on the platform.  Applicants do not have to actively submit the proposal outline, the submissions platform will take the information as it is entered in the outline section on 9 January 2020 at 17:00 (CET).

An online drop in Q&A session will be taking place for all applicants between 8.30am – 12.00 GMT on Monday 9 December 2019.  Please read through the SOLSTICE Web Presentation prior to joining the session.