Call for Research Demonstrators for UNFCCC COP–26

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Future Earth have partnered to facilitate the development and uptake of Earth observation data by Future Earth’s research networks. There is seed funding to support the production of research demonstrators up to €25,000 per project to strengthen the impact of Future Earth science at the UNFCCC COP-26 meeting.

Scope of proposal

Future Earth members are encouraged to deepen the impact of their research through deep engagement with new users to produce a communication interface - a ‘digital demonstrator’ of their research findings. Proposed projects should support the science themes of their GRP or KAN and fall within the themes of the UNFCCC COP-26 meeting:
  • Adaptation and resilience
  • Nature and safeguarding of ecosystems
  • Energy transition
  • Zero carbon road transport

ESA is keen to demonstrate at COP-26 how the Climate Change Initiative (CCI) datasets can be used to derive user-relevant information. Proposals must include the use of ESA CCI data in the demonstrator, however use of ESA CCI data is not exclusive: proposals that link with other data (satellite-based and in-situ Earth observations, socio-economic, etc.) and models or assimilation techniques are encouraged. Demonstrators must be completed by November 2020.

Example proof-of-concept projects range from online dashboards, open-access apps, a tool tailored around a pre-existing online analysis platform, or another digital interface most appropriate to the identified user groups.


Researchers and practitioners of any nationality affiliated with an academic, governmental agency, multilateral or not-for-profit institute or audited companies are eligible to apply. Lead applicants must demonstrate that they represent a Future Earth GRP or KAN through a letter of support from the International Project Office (IPO) of a GRP or KAN, and/or one of the Future Earth Regional or National Offices

Click here for the full text including eligibility, requirements and application instructions. 
The deadline for applications is 11 May 2020
Applications must be sent via email to the ESA-Future Earth Joint Programme liaison, Sophie Hebden:


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