On 1 August 2017, JPI Oceans member countries will launch a joint call for proposals 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, and making use of the availability of RV SONNE in early 2019 in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCZ), subequatorial eastern Pacific.
Potentially interested participants are already invited to express their interest in submitting a 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 full proposals will be invited from 1 August 2017 and closes on 1 November 2017. Projects are expected to start from 1 November 2018 (Germany 1 July 2018). Each application for a joint project must involve researchers from at least three funding partner countries. Funding will be granted for a maximum of 48 months, with personnel funding of up to 36 months.
To date, several funding organisations have declared their interest in participation. The final list will be available on 1 August 2017.
Funding partners will probably 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), Portugal
Associated Partners with in-kind contributions will probably include:
- United Kingdom
Focus of the Call
Proposals should address the topics outlined in the call text, to be published on 1 August 2017. Some important topics will include:
Proposals should be linked to an industrial field trial / demonstration project of mining equipment in the deep sea.