Request for Proposals: Pathways Communication Grants Program (Round 1)


In response to the global challenges we are facing, there is an urgent need to produce knowledge and understanding in systemic interactions, competing development agendas, and transformations in concrete contexts. This heavily relies on our collective capacity to broaden the bridge between academia and societal actors in order to foster transdisciplinary collaborations and knowledge integration. To this end, the Pathways Initiative is pleased to announce the launch of the Pathways Communication Grants program

The grant encourages the circulation of scientific contributions reinforcing the understanding of pathways for sustainability via innovative dissemination formats and practices to reach relevant audiences beyond the scientific community and to stimulate wider uptake and understanding.

Researchers, incl. PhD students, at universities or research institutions are invited to submit proposals for communication products that aim to disseminate outcomes developed in inter- and/or transdisciplinary research projects, and that are addressed to the broader public.

Proposals should outline the results of projects that advance the understanding of at least one of the following three aspects of pathways for sustainability:

  1. How interactions at various scales in complex human-environment systems produce trade-offs or synergies within a context of competing development agendas and claims on resources;
  2. How transformations can be mobilized to enable expansion of integrated pathways to sustainability in diverse concrete contexts;
  3. How pathways and processes of transformation, which are likely to differ between places given differences in histories, contexts and values, interact across locations and scales, creating both tensions and synergies, and ‘add up’ to outcomes at the regional and global levels.


The Pathways Communication Grant call for proposals is open for a 1-year period. The deadline for the first round of applications is on January 31, 2022. The deadline for the second round will be announced in early 2022.

For more information, visit the Pathways Communication Grants webpage.