The Sustainable Prosperity Research and Policy Network (SP Network) invites proposals for research projects on market-based approaches to environmental protection and economic sustainability. Priority will go to proposals that respond to the research topics below, especially those suggested in Appendix 1. Proposals should be a maximum of two pages and may be submitted on any policy-relevant topic however. Grants will normally be under $8,000. We encourage applications by November 17, 2011 or earlier, although later applications will be accepted subject to funding availability. Decisions will be made promptly and be based on reviews by a subcommittee of SP’s research network and staff.
Priority Areas for Research (Fall 2011)
Proposals may be submitted on any topic concerned with market-based policy or flexible regulatory approaches to enhance environmental protection and economic sustainability. However, the following research topics have been identified as priorities for the coming year. Appendix 1 provides additional information on priorities within each research area.
1. Market-Based Instruments (MBIs) and the Low Carbon Economy
1.1 Design of Carbon Pricing Systems
1.2 Governance, Revenue Management and Inter-Jurisdictional Issues in Carbon Pricing
1.3 Clean Technology and the Low Carbon Economy
1.4 Case Studies on the Effectiveness of Carbon Pricing
2. Market-Based Tools for Sustainable Communities
2.1 Market Tools for Sustainable Transportation
2.2 MBIs and Sustainable Infrastructure
2.3 Economic Instruments for Managing Municipal Water: Quality and Quantity
2.4 MBIs and Sustainable Municipalities: Other Issues (e.g., sprawl, density)
3. Ecosystem Services Markets
3.1 MBIs for Ecosystem Goods and Services
3.2 Improving Water Quality with Economic Instruments
3.3 Natural Capital and Productivity
3.4 Other Topics in Ecosystem Goods and Services Pricing and Markets
4. Emerging and Cross-Cluster Research Issues
4.1 Effectiveness and Limits of MBIs
4.2 Environmental Accounting and New Environment-Economy Indices
4.3 Competitiveness, Regulation and MBIs
4.4 Green Jobs and Renewable Energy
4.5 Other Applications of MBIs in Canada
The process aims to be simple and fast. Proposals should be a maximum of 600 words (two pages) and should include the following sections:
Name of applicant(s): list all researchers and/or students involved
Research topic(s) (e.g., 3.1 MBIs for Ecosystem Goods and Services (SP staff can assist))
Description of the research project, including methods or approaches and the role of students
Description of specific research deliverables, knowledge outreach plan and timing (e.g., prepare a background research report and present at a policy conference).
· Budget (including any other revenues)
Proposals submitted by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows require a brief letter from a permanent faculty member indicating willingness to supervise the research and take responsibility for grant administration.
Potential applicants are encouraged to contact SP staff if they have questions or want to discuss their proposal prior to the deadline.
Deadline: We encourage applications by November 17, 2011 or earlier, although later applications may be accepted depending on the availability of funds. Decisions will be made promptly.
Address for Submission: Send by email to: Brandon Schaufele, Research Director, Sustainable Prosperity Network, email: firstname.lastname@example.org