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Joint call of JPI Oceans (Marine Research).
Call for proposals

The Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) is one of the Belgian representatives in the JPI Oceans.

The JPI Oceans is launching a transnational call on the “Sources, distribution & 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.

The topics of the call are:

  1. Identification, characterisation and quantification of the major microplastic sources, especially mechanisms and time scales of macroplastic fragmentation
  2. New sampling and analytical methodologies - focusing on the smaller (nano-) particles and in situ measurement methods for all matrices (water, sediment, biota)
  3. Monitoring and mapping of microplastics in the marine environment including its effects on the marine environment
  4. Concepts to reduce inputs of plastics into the marine environment including through new recycling methods, raising public awareness, promoting behavioural change, socio-economic analyses

Proposals need to involve eligible research partners from at least three participating countries. Projects will be funded for up to 36 months. The maximum requested funding per proposal is 2,000,000 EURO.

More information (call text, forms, online submission tool, ...) is available on the following website: 2018.

BELSPO will finance Belgian partners involved in the projects and has foreseen a budget of 500.000 EURO.

Belgian partners are requested to follow the following directives: National guideline.

Deadline for submission of proposals is 28 February 2019, 12AM using the online tool on the above mentioned website.

Contact Person

David Cox
Belgian Science Policy
Tel: +32 (0)2 238 34 03

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