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Joint Call Announcement

“Impacts of Deep-Sea Nodule Mining”

On August 1st, 2017, a number of JPI Oceans member countries launched a joint call for preproposals to study the environmental impacts and risks associated with seabed mining.

This call is being conducted as a follow-up of the joint action under the framework of JPI Oceans. It calls for cruise proposals for the RV SONNE in early 2019 in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCZ), subequatorial eastern Pacific.

Interested participants are invited to express their interest in submitting a pre-proposal or joining a consortium by filling out their partner profiles on the following submission website which will function as a virtual brokerage space.

Submission of pre-proposals will be invited from August 1, 2017 to November 1, 2017. Projects are expected to start from July 1, 2018. Each application for a joint project must involve researchers from at least three funding partner countries.

Partners

Several funding organisations have confirmed their interest to participate and these are:

Expected funding partners include:

  • Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and Flanders EWI Department, Belgium
  • The Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN), Norway
  • The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), The Netherlands
  • Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) and Direção-Geral de Política do Mar (DGPM), Portugal

Expected associated partners with in-kind contributions include:

  • France
  • Italy
  • Sweden
  • International Seabed Authority (Jamaica Headquarters)

Focus of the Call

Proposals should address the topics outlined in the call text, published on August 1, 2017. Some important topics will include:

  • the fate and impact of the particle plume generated during mining operations,
  • the definition of appropriate indicators of ecosystem health and threshold values for “harmful effects” on the environment as well as
  • measures to mitigate significant adverse effects,
  • an assessment of associated environmental risks, and
  • implementation of scientific knowledge and respective uncertainties into improved legislation, including analyses that address the science-policy interface.

Proposals should be linked to an industrial field trial / demonstration project of mining equipment in the deep sea.

Eligibility and National Regulations

Research projects should start in the second semester of 2018 for a maximum of 36 months.
Each consortium submitting a proposal must involve researchers from at least three eligible countries (countries of the funding partners). No maximum number of partners is specified.

Each Portuguese institution must sign and stamp a Declaration of Commitment (Declaração de Compromisso) by the Portuguese Principal Investigator as well as by the Head of the Portuguese institution. A scanned copy of the “Declaration of Commitment”, in accordance with the template provided above, must be sent, by e-mail, to the FCT’s contact person no later than 10 working days after the pre-proposal submission deadline. FCT may request the original document at a later date.

Funding

The funding commitment for national teams is the result of a collaboration betweeen FCT and DGPM each contributing with 100.000€ in a total of 200.000€ The maximum budget per project is 200.000€. If a consortium has more than one Portuguese team, the funding must be shared.

For more information visit the JPI Oceans website, and the call submission website.

Call Contacts

Marta Norton
marta.norton@fct.pt
Tel: (351) 213 911 565

Gonçalo Zagalo
goncalo.zagalo@fct.pt
Tel: (351) 213 924455

FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Av. D. Carlos I, 126
1249 – 074 Lisboa
Portugal

Joint Call on Microplastics - Results

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Purpose and Overview

FCT is a partner in the Joint Programming Initiative "Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans" (JPI Oceans). This initiative, which was established in 2011 and currently includes 21 participating countries, provides a long-term integrated approach to marine and maritime research and technology development in Europe.

Transnational research proposals must cover at least one of the following areas, which are equal in relevance for this call:

  • Validation and harmonisation of analytical methods (interlaboratory study)
  • Identification and quantification of microplastics
  • Eco-toxicological effects of microplastic – impact on marine organisms

Eligibility and National Regulations

Research projects should start in the first semester of 2016 for a maximum of 36 months.
Each consortium submitting a proposal must involve researchers from at least three eligible countries (countries of the funding partners). No maximum number of partners is specified.

Each Portuguese institution must sign and stamp a Declaration of Commitment (Declaração de Compromisso) by the Portuguese Principal Investigator as well as by the Head of the Portuguese institution. A scanned copy of the “Declaration of Commitment”, in accordance with the template provided above, must be sent, by e-mail, to the FCT’s contact person no later than 10 working days after the pre-proposal submission deadline. FCT may request the original document at a later date.

Detailed information on the call topics, application submission and the evaluation process can be found at the JPI Oceans’ call website.

Funding

FCT funding commitment for national teams is 250.000€. The maximum budget per project is 250.000€ if the project is coordinated by a national team and 150.000€ if the project is participated by national teams. If the same consortium has more than one Portuguese team, the funding must be shared.

Participating Countries

Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

Deadline for proposal submission

Applications should be submitted between 10th February 2015 and 31st March 2015, 12:00 (Central European Summer Time).

Contact - Programa Oceano

Sofia Cordeiro
sofia.cordeiro@fct.pt
Tel: (351) 213 924 495
FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Av. D. Carlos I, 126
1249 – 074 Lisboa
Portugal