Twelve JPI Oceans member countries together with Brazil launch a call for transnational research projects of approx. 9.2 M€ to study the sources, distribution and impact of microplastics in the marine environment.
For this call funding partners from Belgium, Brazil, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden have allocated a total amount of up to € 9.2 million funding. In addition, researchers based in other countries are able to participate with their own resources.
Through this new call, JPI Oceans is aiming to promote European and transatlantic research cooperation on the issue, and contribute to the Regional Seas Conventions, to the implementation of the Belém Statement as well as G7, G20 and UN aims of reducing (micro-) plastic pollution in the ocean.
This call comprises four main themes:
- Identification, characterisation and quantification of the major microplastic sources, especially mechanisms and time scales of macroplastic fragmentation
- New sampling and analytical methodologies - focusing on the smaller (nano-)particles and in situ measurement methods for all matrices (water, sediment, biota)
- Monitoring and mapping of microplastics in the marine environment including its effects on the marine environment
- Concepts to reduce inputs of plastics into the marine environment including through new recycling methods, raising public awareness, promoting behavioural change, socio-economic analyses
For more information and to submit your application please visit the JPI Oceans website.
Petra Wallberg, Senior Research Officer
Telephone: +46(0)8-7754127, +46(0)72-2056295