Mobilizing global sustainable science action is imperative if we are to realize the 2030 Agenda. The International Science Council is currently running a call for inputs to shape a priority action agenda for science. Deadline for participation is 2 October 2020

With just ten years to go to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN’s 2030 Agenda, science funders from around the world have asked the International Science Council (ISC) to convene the insights and ideas of the broader global scientific community on the critical priorities for science that will support and enable societies to accomplish the goals by 2030. The ISC is looking to hear from scientists in all fields and all disciplines, including the natural, social, and human sciences.

The idea behind this call is to identify priorities for game-changing action in two related domains:

  1. Science for sustainability transformations: promoting mission-driven research that harnesses solutions-oriented knowledge from across the spectrum of scientific disciplines and approaches, including fundamental research; adopts a systems-based approach; and informs policy and public action through trans-disciplinary engagement with relevant decision makers and innovators from the worlds of policy, civil society, and business.

  2. Transformations of science systems: supporting the evolution of science systems in order to support their effective contribution to the 2030 Agenda; including the development of open science systems, the promotion of transdisciplinary approaches to knowledge generation, knowledge brokerage and science advisory ecosystems, scientific capacity needs at individual, institutional and policy levels, as well as systems of research incentives.

This is a unique opportunity for the international science community to advise science funders about the support that science needs in order to maximize its impact on the achievement of the SDGs in the next decade. What are the critical knowledge or data, as well as capacity gaps that funders should be addressing? And how do science and related funding systems need to change in order to amplify and accelerate impactful science?

All ideas submitted will be clustered in thematic science missions for the SDGs and presented to science funders in 2021 with the aim of shaping global research and research funding priorities for the coming years, as well as of exploring opportunities for collaboration among funders. The global research agenda that will be developed will be available in open access to serve the needs of the global scientific community.

Help shape the international science funding agenda by sharing your views through this survey and participating in the Decade of Global Sustainability Science Action.

Deadline for participation: 2 October 2020

Find out more about the Global Call for Priorities for Science on the ISC website.

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This initiative is being led by the International Science Council in partnership with:

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