Links between climate, water and biodiversity


Research projects that increase the knowledge of links between climate, water and biodiversity and that contribute to addressing challenges related to these three areas in a holistic way.


The main applicant must have completed their PhD degree and be affiliated with a Swedish higher education institution, research institute or another organisation whose primary activity is to conduct research.


This call covers the first of two four-year stages. For stage 1, you can apply for SEK 8–14 million for a total of four years.

Current: 50 Days left. Apply before: 2023-03-28 14:00

Climate change, loss of biodiversity and the degradation of our common water resources are closely linked challenges that affect ecosystems, people and societies worldwide, in different ways. Water is a fundamental component of both the earth’s climate system and the biosphere, and the ongoing changes are serious enough to threaten the diversity of life forms, human food and water supply and the functionality of our societies. The window of opportunity for halting these negative trajectories and preventing more serious consequences is closing fast. We need to, among other things, tie the development of knowledge about these challenges closer to different societal actors.

The purpose of this call is to increase the knowledge about links between climate, water and biodiversity, as well as to support research-based and holistic approaches to addressing challenges in these three areas. The call is expected to lead to an increased ability in society for science-based decision making and for implementing measures designed with regard to climate, water and biodiversity. The projects funded in this call must clearly focus on the connections between all three areas.

The call is aimed at researchers at Swedish universities, research institutes or other organisations whose main activity is research. We encourage innovative research questions that bring together researchers from different research fields. We expect projects to have early and continuous collaboration with relevant actors outside the research community to enable rapid application of new knowledge.

Applicants are expected to intend to conduct research during two four-year stages. In stage 1 (2023–2027), projects of a minimum of SEK 8 million and a maximum of SEK 14 million are funded. Towards the end of the first stage, an evaluation will be carried out. All projects that receive good reviews in the evaluation are invited to apply for continued funding for a second stage (2027–2031).

The call is carried out jointly between the National Research Programme on Climate and the National Research Programme on Oceans and Water (in Swedish).

According to the first part of the IPCC's sixth assessment report, climate change will intensify and significantly change the hydrological cycle both globally and regionally. Climate change leads, for example, to melting of ice and rising sea levels, changing precipitation patterns and water flows, torrential downpours and prolonged periods of drought. Large amounts of water create problems in society in the form of floods and landslides, but also unwanted transport of pollutants and nutrients. Lack of water can lead to low groundwater levels and limited water supply for households, agriculture and industries. At the same time, forestry and agriculture are expected to require more water as growing seasons become longer as a consequence of climate change. Extreme weather events can mean widespread human suffering, affect the functionality of societies and give rise to significant ecosystem disruptions – also in Sweden.

Climate change is simultaneously aggravating the global crisis of biodiversity depletion, not least in our oceans, coastal areas and freshwater ecosystems. Marine heat waves, acidification and oxygen deprivation in seas and oceans are becoming more common, with s