The APN is inviting proposals under two separate programmes, the Annual Regional Call for Research Proposals (ARCP) Programme and the Scientific Capacity Building/Enhancement for Sustainable Development in Developing Countries (CAPaBLE) Programme, for funding from April 2011, and is able to provide a limited amount of financial support for research and capacity development activities that fall within its areas of interest.

The Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) is an inter-governmental network whose mission is to enable investigations of changes in the Earth’s life support systems and their implications for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The APN, therefore, supports investigations that will:
  1. Identify, explain and predict changes in the context of both natural and anthropogenic (human-induced) forcing;
  2. Assess potential regional and global vulnerability of natural and human systems; and
  3. Contribute, from the science perspective, to the development of policy options for appropriate responses to global change that will also contribute to sustainable development.

General information on new procedure for the call for proposals process

The proposals submission and review process consists of 3 main stages:
  • Stage 1 – Submission and review of Summary Proposal (compulsory)
  • Stage 2 – Submission and 2-step review process of Full Proposal (by invitation)
  • Stage 3 – Final Decision-Making

Stage 1: Submission and Review of Summary Proposal (compulsory)

A proponent submits a Summary Proposal with carbon copy to the nFP and to the SPG member from his/her country by Friday 30 July 2010. The Summary Proposals will undergo a screening process performed by the SPG Sub-Committee (SPG-SC), who will select proposals that will proceed to the next stage. This screening was introduced for the first time in 2007 to avoid wasting proponents’ and reviewers’ valuable time. All proponents are notified of the results of the preliminary screening by the end of August, and only those proponents that pass Stage 1 will be asked to submit a Full Proposal for further consideration.

Stage 2: Submission and Review of Full Proposal (compulsory and by invitation)

This stage is by invitation only. Successful proponents from Stage 1 are invited to submit their Full Proposals to the APN Secretariat by Friday 01 October 2010.

Two-Step Review process

Review by APN internal reviewers (SPG members) and external reviewers. Proponents above the set cut-off line respond to the questions and comments of the APN internal reviewers, and unsuccessful proponents are informed of the results of the first review (Step 1 Review: October 2010 – December 2010). SPG members submit revised ratings based on responses of the proponents at Step 1 Review (Step 2 Review: January 2011).

Stage 3: Final Decision-Making

The APN’s 16th Inter-governmental Meeting (IGM) approves which proposals to fund, following recommendations from the SPG (late March 2011). The Secretariat informs proponents of the final decision in April 2011.


  • Advisory Service (Voluntary). Submission of Letter of Intent: Friday, 11 June 2010, midnight (24:00) – Japanese Standard Time
  • Stage 1. Submission of Summary Proposal (Compulsory): Friday, 30 July 2010, midnight (24:00) – Japanese Standard Time
  • Stage 2. Submission of Full Proposal by the Successful Stage 1 Proponents (Compulsory and by Invitation Only): Friday, 01 October 2010, midnight (24:00) – Japanese Standard Time

Further information

For further information on the 2010 Calls for Proposals, please contact:
Dr. Linda Stevenson
Executive Science Officer
APN Secretariat, East Building 4F
1-5-2 Wakinohama Kaigan Dori, Chuo-Ku
Kobe 651-0073, JAPAN
Tel: +81-78-230-8017
Fax: +81-78-230-8018
Email: lastevenson at

Ms. Kristine Garcia
APN Secretariat, East Building 4F
1-5-2 Wakinohama Kaigan Dori, Chuo-Ku
Kobe 651-0073, JAPAN
Tel: +81-78-230-8017
Fax: +81-78-230-8018
Email: kgarcia at

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