The G8 Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research Funding is a coordinated effort to support multilateral research partnerships. The programme aims to support excellent research on topics of global relevance which can best be tackled by a multinational approach. Funding should help researchers to cooperate in consortia consisting of partners from at least three of the participating countries.
The initiative is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the French National Research Agency (ANR), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), the Research Councils of the United Kingdom (RCUK), and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), referred to as the Funding Organisations.
All three anticipated annual calls have now taken place. The first call was launched in 2010 on the Interdisciplinary Program on Application Software towards Exascale Computing for Global Scale Issues. The DFG was the call secretariat. The second call was launched in 2011 on the Interdisciplinary Program on Material Efficiency – A first step towards sustainable manufacturing. The JSPS was the call secretariat. The projects selected for funding can be found here.
The third call, which was run in collaboration with the Belmont Forum, was launched in 2012 on the two themes Freshwater Security and Coastal Vulnerability.