Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), is an Excellence Research Centre based in the Basque Country (Spain), and created in 2008 as jointly promoted by the Basque Government and the University of the Basque Country. BC3 mission is to strategically foster co-production of knowledge relevant to decision making by integrating environmental, socioeconomic, and ethical dimensions of climate change. We are an interdisciplinary team, led by renowned Climate Change expert, Prof. María José Sanz, connected to main institutions, scientific networks and socioeconomic players. For the past decade, our contribution to research of climate change and to the science-policy interface places us in a unique position to offer knowledge, tools and new methodologies that we aim toward action and shared work to design and help to apply policies aimed at sustainable development. The BC3 Strategic Plan (2018-2021) is aligned with six objectives and two cross cutting themes, which include a further step moving towards solutions co-designed with decision makers in the post-COP21 and Sustainable Development Goals world (transdisciplinary science).
The organization of the five BC3 Research Lines and Groups, responds to the Overall objectives and are as follows: 1) Climate Basis, 2) Low-Carbon Society, 3) Terrestrial Ecosystems, 4) Adaptation Lab, 5) Integrated Modelling of Coupled Human-Natural Systems. As a result of BC3 international research, it was named in 2013 the Top European Climate Think Tank by the International Centre for Climate Governance (ICCG). The ICCG Climate Think Tank Ranking assessed 260 of most prominent climate think tanks centres and research groups working on the field of climate change economics and policy. Despite of the substantial increase in competing institutions, in the last 5 years, BC3 has always been included in the top ten ranking.
As of 2018, BC3 relies on a multidisciplinary team of 46 researchers and 5 management staff. In March 2015, the European Commission awarded BC3 with the “HR Excellence in research”.
Nowadays, BC3 is participating in more than 24 projects funded by external organizations, being around 70% international projects. BC3’s funding model is based on competitive funding, coming generally from public sources (average in the period 2014-2017 94%). The rest of funds sources are, non-competitive public sources (average in the period 2014-2017 1%), competitive private sources (average in the period 2014-2017, 2%) and non-competitive private sources (average in the period 2014-2017 2%). As of funds coming from the European Commission, BC3 has attracted 10 FP7 collaborative projects, 10 H2020 collaborative projects, 1 ERC Starting Grant, 1 MSCA Individual Fellowship and 2 MSCA Global Fellowship grant. The success rate of BC3 in FP7 exceeded the 40% and in H2020 is around 20%. Regarding other international sources, BC3 has been able to attract 3 grants from ESPA, a funding programme from the Natural Environment Research Council of UK. Other competitive programmes include a grant from the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Republic of Germany and more different contracts with United Nations divisions (FAO and UNCCD). BC3 will lead WP4 (Economic & financial system modelling). BC3 will make major contributions to data management (WP2) and we will also contribute to monitoring of advances and strengths of other models (WP3), technological and biophysical modelling (WP7), technical coordination (WP9) and communication, dissemination and exploitation (WP10 and WP11).