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Sectors: Environment, Research

Beneficiaries: Research centres, Schools, SMEs, Universities

Regions: European Economic Area, European Union, Latin America

Category: Call for proposals

Additional info regions:

Participating countries: Belgium, Brazil, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden


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WE funding – JPI Oceans – Reduce…
Funds for: Reducing inputs of plastic in the marine environment
Main beneficiaries: Research centers

Responsible: European Commission


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Funds for: Reducing inputs of plastic in the marine environment
Main beneficiaries: Research centers

Priorities and funded actions:

* 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

* Objective 1:
– Fragmentation, aggregation, sedimentation and deposition characteristics of plastic in order to understand the fate of microplastics in the marine environment; 
– Identification, characterisation and quantification of microplastic particles before and after weathering in marine systems;
– Investigation of ingested microplastics inside marine organisms – description of residence times, degradation and release of degradation product
* Objective 2:
– Improvement of established methods for in-situ and field method for routine analysis of microplastic particles > 10 µm;
– Improvement of established methods for the quantification, identification and characterization of microplastic particles < 10 µm (including nanoplastics);
– Improvement of established methods for the quantification, identification and characterisation of car tyres, microfibres by using spectroscopic techniques;
– Improvement of established methods for the simulation of accelerated macroplastics degradation pathways so that degradation mechanisms can be studied within a realistic timescale within the laboratory
* Objective 3:
– Quantification of microplastic in marine systems (water, sediment, biota); 
– Spatial distribution of microplastic litter, supported by modelling studies; 
– Assessment of existing technologies for remote sensing and aerial in-situ observation and development of new methodologies for remote sensing (sampling, quantifying, monitoring and identifying) microplastics in the ocean and coastal areas; 
– Mapping of microplastic distribution in the oceans and shorelines – combining satellite imagery, field data, advanced global and local numerical models to describe the effects on the marine environment; 
– Development of monitoring strategies and methods for the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and liaison with relevant science-policy processes such as the MSFD Technical Subgroup on Marine Litter and GESAMP Working Group 40
* Objective 4:
– Reduction and prevention of plastic inflow into the ocean, e.g. through improved waste management systems or through the development of new technologies for recycling of plastics, the adoption of improved practices, circular models and closed-loop supply chains;
– Contributing to ocean literacy by raising of public and citizen awareness about the problem of plastic pollution thereby inducing behavioural change;
– Assessing the life-cycle impacts of specific plastic polymers and identifying most sustainable materials, including alternatives to plastics

Financed actions
* Research projects that are relevant to the specific priorities of the call;
* Networking and dissemination activities;
* Organisation of training for young scientists or students

Additional information
* This call for proposals is an open call for proposals

* Initial duration of the project: Up to 36 months

– Be a legal person;
– Be a research center;
– Be established in one of the participating Funding partners;
– A consortium composed of eligible research centers from at least 3 Funding partners must be established;
– Research centers from other countries (Associate partners) or ineligible for the participating Funding partners can participate in project proposals on the condition that they provide written proof that their part of the project will be covered independently of this call (in kind). However they cannot coordinate a project and their contribution to the project should not be essential