The Long-range Research Initiative (LRI) programme of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) is now accepting grant applications to carry out research in the following areas:
- Improving testing on how polymers break down naturally in the environment;
- Investigating how polymers are absorbed or released from different environmental media;
- Improve the knowledge exposure to microplastics via the skin;
- Assessing how chemical substances move and behave in river filtration processes.
Deadline to apply for funding is September 1st, 2023.
The Cefic-LRI program aims to support research that addresses priority issues related to the health and environmental impact of chemicals within the industry. Proposals are welcome from both European and non-European entities, including for-profit and non-profit organisations, as well as public and private institutions such as universities, colleges, laboratories, and contract research organisations.
The following grant opportunities are available for 2023:
- LRI-ECO62: Experimental method for river-bank filtration in the course of the assessment of mobility concerns
- LRI-ECO63: Mechanistic understanding of sorption/desorption of polymer in environmental media
- LRI-ECO64: Improving Laboratory Based Polymer Biodegradation Evaluations
- LRI-B25: Establishing of a Dermal Uptake Threshold as a Potential Route of Exposure for Microplastic Particles
To access project specifications, budget details, and application forms, click here. Please note that only proposals that align with the project specifications and are submitted using the official LRI application form will be considered.
The scientific evaluation and selection of applications for funding are managed by the LRI with the support of a scientific committee provided by ECETOC, the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals.