JPI Oceans launches joint call on microplastics
The call intends to increase the knowledge about the best analytical methods for identifying microplastics, their distribution in marine systems and their eco-toxicological effects on marine organisms. It comprises three main themes:
- Validation and harmonisation of analytical methods (interlaboratory study)
- Identification and quantification of microplastics
- Eco-toxicological effects of microplastic – impact on marine organisms
A minimum of 3 different funding partners is required for an eligible consortium. Each participant in the consortium will be funded by his or her national funding organisation. For this call, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden have reserved a total amount of over € 6.0 million. In addition to the above mentioned funding partners Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom would like to participate explicitly with in-kind contributions.
The deadline for submission of proposals is 31 March 2015, 12:00 CEST. Proposals can be submitted online from 10 February onwards. Further details for submission are available in the call text or more information on the JPI Oceans website.