JPI Oceans member countries and Brazil will support joint research on microplastics in the marine environment

Twelve JPI Oceans member countries together with Brazil have launched a call for transnational research projects to study the sources, distribution and impact of microplastics in the marine environment. Building on the results from the joint transnational call "Ecological aspects of microplastics in the marine environment" and recent scientific findings, this call intends to increase the knowledge about the relevant sources of microplastics, analytical methods for identifying smaller micro- and nano-plastics, monitoring their distribution and abundance in marine systems and their effects thereon, as well as about reducing inputs of plastic into 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 up to EUR 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: 

  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

Proposal submission will close on 28 February 2019.

For more information, please visit the website of JPI Oceans

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