The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) recently announced a jointly funded initiative with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) to support research that will increase scientific knowledge to achieve Canada’s zero plastic waste targets and to inform the advancement of policy and regulatory measures. A summary is provided below.
- To increase research capacity, as well as collaborations, to help close the gaps in our understanding of plastic pollution as its impacts
- To generate new knowledge to support policy and decision-making related to plastic pollution, as well as to the objectives of the Canada-wide strategy on zero plastic waste
The proposed research project must address at least one of the following research objectives:
- Detection, quantification, and characterization of microplastics in the environment: to help understand the sources, fate and different types of microplastics, with consideration for their structural and chemical properties, by either:
- developing novel methodologies or improving techniques for the detection, quantification, and characterization of microplastics in biological or environmental samples
- comparing, evaluating, and validating analytical methodologies and protocols for the detection, quantification, and characterization of microplastics in order to contribute to their standardization, validity, and reliability
- contributing knowledge to the study of occurrence, sources, transportation, and break-down/transformation of microplastics in: air, dust, drinking water, wastewater, food, terrestrial ecosystems, and fresh water and marine ecosystems.
- Impacts on human health, wildlife (biota), and the environment: to advance research on the effects of macroplastics and microplastics, including:
- developing new methodologies or improving current techniques for studying the effects of plastics on human health, biota, and the environment
- studying the acute and chronic effects (in vitro and in vivo) of environmentally-relevant plastic pollution at the individual-, community-, and population-level for wildlife and humans; this includes project components to research the degradation of plastics within various environmental settings
40% overhead on cash contributions from partner organizations
Up to $1M
|Letter of Intent (LOI) due at ORS for full review||Wednesday, June 24, 2020|
|Final LOI and fully signed ORS Checklist due at ORS for required review||by 9:00 am Monday, July 6, 2020|
|LOI due at agency||The applicant must upload the LOI in pdf format on NSERC’s secure portal by the deadline of Wednesday, July 8, 2020|
|Full application due at ORS for full review||Thursday, September 17, 2020|
|Final application and fully signed ORS Checklist due at ORS for required review||By 9:00 am, Tuesday, September 29, 2020|
|Final application due at agency (by invitation only)||
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Note: Applications must be submitted to the NSERC’s Online System by 9:00 am to allow ORS enough time to e-approve and submit to NSERC for peer review.
Please contact your Faculty Research Officer for information on their internal deadlines.
ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here:
For more information about this funding opportunity, please visit the following link: https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Professors-Professeurs/RPP-PP/Plastics-Plastiques_eng.asp
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