CAPaBLE 2021


Programme: CAPaBLE

Open: Wed, 10 Nov 2021, 00:00 (JST)

Closed: Sun, 5 Dec 2021, 23:59 (JST)

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2021 Call for Proposals under CAPaBLE Programme


APN invites proposals under the Capacity Development Programme (CAPaBLE) for funding from October 1, 2022. A limited amount of financial support is available for capacity development activities that fall within its areas of interest.

Activities related to the CAPaBLE programme that APN supports cover the following:

  1. Capacity development activities that promote the following approaches related to one or more of the five thematic areas of APN:
  • Utilizing and strengthening existing capacity
  • Creating opportunities to use/instil capacity
  • Developing new capacity through innovative approaches
  1. Awareness-raising and dissemination activities for policy- and decision-making communities, civil society and/or the general public.
  2. Science-policy interfacing in the context of the five thematic areas and priority topics.
  3. Capacity development partnership activities that contribute to the capacity development components of the evolving global change arena, including including the UNFCCC Paris Agreement, IPCC, IPBES, post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the UN Decade of Ocean Science as well as ongoing and new global change and sustainability research programmes.
  4. Activities geared towards using science communication as a way to disseminate knowledge generated from projects, particularly to non-science audiences.

High Priority Themes for Funding

At APN’s Sub-Regional Meetings, high priority topics were selected based on inputs from member countries in each of APN's subregions. Following the results of the discussions, APN invites trans- and interdisciplinary regional research proposals, preferably codesigned with stakeholders, that focus on the following themes for each of sub-regions as indicated below:

South Asia

  • Climate downscaling in relation to IPCC AR6 Working Group I Assessment
  • Food security in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Nitrogen management for nutrient and food security
  • Future GHG emission scenarios
  • Monsoon and the impacts of extreme events

Southeast Asia

  • COVID-19 pandemic in the perspective of its impacts on the environment
  • Nature-based solutions for food security
  • Climate smart agriculture
  • Climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction
  • Water security and water resources
  • Transboundary issues (air pollution, waste management, electronic waste, microplastics)
  • Bio-Circular-Green Economy

Temperate East Asia

  • Carbon neutral societies, zero carbon cities
  • Climate change and economic analysis
  • Climate-related disaster risk reduction
  • Climate adaptation in the context of nature-based solutions
  • Climate smart agriculture
  • Transboundary issues (especially marine plastics)


  • Global knowledge and indigenous knowledge in the context of displacement, relocation, food security and water security
  • Global knowledge and indigenous knowledge in the context of adaptation and disaster risk reduction
  • Regional climate downscaling in the Pacific
  • Microplastics and marine plastic debris

Proposals that do not address any of the above themes will not be accepted under the 2021 Call for Proposals


Researchers, academics, practitioners working in institutions based in APN member countries and approved countries are eligible to apply for APN grants. Details of eligibility criteria are outlined in the Guide for Proponent.

Special consideration

APN reiterates the importance of enhancing support to, and engagement of, early-career professionals (ECPs) in the Asia-Pacific region by providing a platform for ECPs to utilize their knowledge and innovative ideas to address regional issues related to global change and sustainability. Therefore, APN encourages applications from ECPs. Collaborative regional research proposals submitted by ECPs that fulfil the eligibility criteria will receive particular attention.


Please note that APN does not support:

  • The running costs of institutions;
  • The salaries of administration staff; the salaries of researchers who receive or are to receive full-time salary support;
  • The salaries of consultants (project leaders and collaborators should have the expertise to conduct the activities);
  • The maintenance of long-term observation and monitoring systems; and
  • General purpose equipment such as personal computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets or fixed office structures (desks, chairs, etc).

For further information, please refer to Frequently asked questions

Submission Procedure

Proponents must submit a Summary Proposal under CAPaBLE by completing the submission form. The form must be completed and submitted by Sunday, 5 December 2021. Applications will undergo a screening process performed by the APN's Capacity Development Committee (CDC) who will select successful proponents that will proceed to the next stage. All proponents are notified of the results of the preliminary screening by the end of February or early March 2022. Proponents who pass this stage will be invited to submit a Full Proposal for further consideration by the CDC, external reviewers and APN stakeholders, as appropriate.

Closing Date

Summary Proposals must be completed and submitted by Sunday, 5 December 2021. Please refer to Frequently asked questions or send your inquiries to