3rd Collaborative Research Network Program (CRN 3)

2012 – 2018

The third Collaborative Research Network Program (CRN 3), 2012-2018, with 10 approved research proposals addressed impacts of anthropic activities on terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Such activities -which include agriculture, building of roads, urban development, among others- affect the ecology and ultimately human health. Besides providing the funding for these largely interdisciplinary and international projects, the IAI Directorate promotes the creation of thematic or methodological clusters or networks of networks, by inviting CRN projects to work together.

After ten years promoting interdisciplinary studies, the IAI decided to study the science integration process itself to address some of the shortcomings and difficulties and take advantage of the successes achieved. To this end, a call was launch in the framework of the CRN 3, targeted to the social sciences. A series of seven small projects was approved that will address the interdisciplinary process from different perspectives –case studies and relation with CRN3 projects-, both in terms of research and training undertake science integration actively.

Within the framework of an agreement signed by CONICET and the IAI, CONICET provided matching funds to CONICET’s teams working on CRN3s from 2014 to 2017. Proposals complemented CRN3 research activities.


CRN# Title Principal Investigator (PI) PI Country PI Institution Participating Countries Duration & budget (US$)
3005 Nitrogen cycling in Latin America: drivers; impacts and vulnerabilities Jean Pierre Ometto Brazil Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, USA, Venezuela Nov 2012/ Oct 2017, 996,100
3025 Enhancing knowledge exchange for conservation and management of tropical dry forests in the Americas Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa Canada University of Alberta Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico Nov 2012/ Oct 2017, 882,500
3035 Towards usable climate science: Informing decisions and provision of climate services to the agriculture and water sectors of southeastern South America Cecilia Hidalgo Argentina Universidad de Buenos Aires Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, USA Nov 2012/ Oct 2017, 765,499
3036 Land use; climate and infections in Western Amazonia Alisson F. Barbieri Brazil Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, USA Nov 2012/ Oct 2017, 906,500
3038 Sensing the Americas’ freshwater ecosystem risk (SAFER) from climate change Gerardo M.E.Perillo Argentina Instituto Argentino de Oceanografía Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, USA Nov 2012/ Oct 2017, 902,100
3056 Innovative science and influential policy dialogues for water security in the arid Americas Christopher Scott USA University of Arizona Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, USA Nov 2014/ Oct 2017, 800,000
3070 Variability of ocean ecosystems around South America Alberto Piola Argentina Servicio de Hidrografía Naval Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, USA Nov 2012/ Oct 2017, 869,362
3076 Effects of anthropogenic habitat perturbation on rodent population dynamics and risk of rodent-borne diseases Daniel Bausch USA Tulane University Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, USA Nov 2012/ Oct 2017, 884,870
3094 Assessment of marine ecosystem services at the Latin-American Antares time-series network Milton Kampel Brazil Instituto Nacional de pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, USA, Venezuela Nov 2013/ Oct 2017, 699,979
3095 Bridging ecosystem services and territorial planning (BEST-P): a southern South American initiative José M. Paruelo Argentina Universidad de Buenos Aires Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay Nov 2012/ Oct 2017, 698,995

Science Integration Projects

The amount equivalent to one CRN3 project has been used to fund small projects on a very specific and sensitive issue: interdisciplinarity and science-policy links.

CRN# Title Principal Investigator (PI) PI Country PI Institution Duration & budget (US$)
3097 Intensive training program in management of social-ecological systems to support decision-making Patricia Balvanera Mexico Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Feb 2014/ Feb 2015, 98,490
3101 Advancing good practices in building interdisciplinarity: moving towards user-oriented science Marcelo Saguier & Andrea Gerlak Argentina FLACSO and Univ. of Arizona Feb 2014/ Feb 2017, 125,000
3102 Interdisciplinary science and development integration for adaptation to water scarcity in the Comahue region; Argentina Ana Maria Murgida Argentina Universidad de Buenos Aires Feb 2014/ Feb 2017, 132,400
3105 Interdisciplinary science team skill building through the study of socio-ecological impacts from bioenergy development across the Americas Kathleen Halvorsen USA Michigan Technological University Feb 2014/ Feb 2016, 199,986
3106 Transferring climate knowledge in the science-policy interface for adaptation to drought in Uruguay> Gabriela Cruz Uruguay Universidad de la República Feb 2014/ Nov 2017, 162,000
3107 Interdisciplinary research to improve information provision for decision making Jacob van Etten Costa Rica Biodiversity International Feb 2014/ Feb 2017, 180,000
3108 Coping with hydrological risk in megacities: Collaborative planning framework for the Mexico City Metropolitan Area Luis A. Bojórquez Tapia Mexico Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Feb 2014/ Feb 2016, 180,000

CONICET-IAI, 2014-2017

Within the framework of an agreement signed by CONICET (Argentina) and the IAI, CONICET provided matching funds to CONICET’s teams working on CRN3s from 2014 to 2017. Proposals complemented CRN3 research activities.

CRN# Title Principal Investigator (PI) PI Institution
3005 Network capacity building in the Americas: theoretical and practical applications of human impact on N cycling in Argentina Amy Austin IFEVA-Facultad de Agronomía- UBA
3035 Development of water excess/deficit soil-moisture-related indices for application in the agricultural and cattle sector Andrea Saulo Centro de Investigaciones del Mar y de la Atmósfera (CIMA)
3038 Climate and anthropic effects on lakes in the Senguer River Basin: towards solutions agreed with stakeholders and decision-makers Gerardo Perillo Instituto Argentino de Oceanografía (IADO)
3056 Inter-network coordination for the generation of strategic knowledge. Addressing global environmental change from the social sciences Paula Mussetta and F. Martin Instituto de Ciencias Humanas, Sociales y Ambientales (INCIHUSA)
3070 The relative ecosystem service of frontal areas in the South West Atlantic Large Marine Ecosystems Alberto Piola Servicio de Hidrografía Naval (SHN) and Instituto Franco-Argentino sobre Estudios de Clima y sus Impactos (UMI IFAECI)
3094 Analysis of the carbonate system in the context of ocean acidification in the EPEA time series (Argentine Sea) Vivian Lutz Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo Pesquero (INIDEP) Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras (IIMYC)
3095 Functional types of social-ecosystems: an alternative for territory zoning for planning and ordering processes José Paruelo LART-IFEVA-Facultad de Agronomía and CONICET