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21 Nov 2018
NEW JPI OCEANS CALL: research proposals on microplastics in the marine environment
Apply before 28 February 2019 for 9.2 M€ to study the marine sources, distribution and impact of microplastics.

JPI Oceans has just launched a new call for research proposals on microplastics in the marine environment. The call will be of particular relevance for those interested on ocean literacy, as the concept is explicitly mentioned.

In one of the four themes of the call, proposals are asked to contribute to ocean literacy by raising of public and citizen awareness about the problem of plastic pollution thereby inducing behavioural change. 

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.

The announcement of the call can be found on the JPI Oceans website. Through this new call, JPI Oceans is also 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.

If you are planning to apply, JPI Oceans encoiurages you to take up contact with their national contact point (details can be found on the submission platform).

Another call that may be of your interest was launched  by the Belmont Forum, in collaboration with Future Earth and JPI Oceans, of circa 16 M€ which aims at bringing together researchers and other expertise across the globe to innovate solutions to accelerate sustainable use of oceans and minimize the effects from global change. Because the challenge is complex, the call outlines that there is a need for integrated, interdisciplinary and cross sectoral approaches, bringing together natural and social sciences, as well as policymakers, resource managers, industries, citizens and other societal partners. More information here.

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