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NSERC - Plastics science for a cleaner future

NSERC is pleased to announce a jointly funded initiative with Environment and Climate Change Canada 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.

This call focuses on research to detect and characterize plastics in the environment, and exposure and effects of plastics on wildlife and human health. The funding will support a series of multidisciplinary, collaborative projects in an effort to increase research capacity, as well as collaboration, to help close the gaps in our understanding of plastic pollution and its impacts. The aim is 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.

Individual proposals should not exceed four years or $1,000,000. This competition aims to fund an average of two projects per research objective. To apply, you must submit a letter of intent. If your project is selected, you will be invited to submit a full application.

For more information about this funding opportunity, please refer to the Call for Proposals. For all questions, please contact .

Agency Name: 
Contact Name: 
Stacey Leavitt
Grant Amount: 
Up to $1,000,000
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Internal Deadline: 
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
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Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Social Science
Fine Arts
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