The dates for the call are preliminary and are subject to change. The content will be further developed and finalised when the call opens.
In order to improve our understanding of how to increase the sequestration of organic carbon and nutrients in Swedish agricultural lands, we are preparing a call for research in this field. The call is part of the national research programme on food and the national research programme on climate.
The simultaneous need to increase food production and slash carbon dioxide emissions poses a challenging dilemma. To cope with the climate crisis, we need to produce food in a way that drastically limits these emissions. The Swedish agricultural system causes greenhouse gas emissions yet also binds carbon dioxide and stores it in more stable forms of carbon in the soil. This needs to be explored in greater depth. Different farming practices and cultivation systems show potential for increasing the sequestration of organic carbon and nutrients in agricultural lands, boosting yields, improving the soil’s biological and physical properties, and increasing biodiversity.
The purpose of this call is to fund research that increases knowledge and develops new solutions for carbon sequestration in Swedish agricultural lands. The research should also aim to promote Swedish food production that contributes to this transition while standing up well by international standards. The call relates to agricultural lands only and does not include forestry or pasturelands.
The call is aimed at researchers who are affiliated with a Swedish higher education institution, research institute, or government agency that has a research assignment. Relevant stakeholders, such as players in the agricultural sector, food production sector and civil society, are expected to be involved in the project. Stakeholders outside academia are welcome to provide co-funding for the project, but it is not a requirement. In this call, Formas does not grant funding to organisations engaged in economic activity.