ZonMw tijdlijn Co-financing https://www.zonmw.nl/ Het laatste nieuws van de tijdlijn van Co-financing en-gb Sat, 24 Aug 2019 01:18:11 +0200 Sat, 24 Aug 2019 01:18:11 +0200 TYPO3 news-3348 Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:07:53 +0100 Presenting the international Programme Committee Microplastics & Health https://www.zonmw.nl/nl/actueel/nieuws/detail/item/presenting-the-international-programme-committee-microplastics-health/ ZonMw is pleased to present the international Programme Committee Microplastics & Health. The Committee will evaluate the 22 research proposals received in the recent call based on independent review reports and rebuttals from applicants. The general aim of the call is to gain insight into possible health threats and the biological mechanisms that might be involved when humans are exposed to small plastic particles via oral or inhalation routes. To achieve this, applicant research groups with different expertise joined forces and plan to collaborate in multidisciplinary, often international teams.

The committee

The Microplastics & Health call covers a new area of research and the call managed to attract most Dutch scientists with expertise in this area. This meant the Programme Committee had to be based on a majority of foreign experts. Of a total of nine members, only two are based in The Netherlands, the other members join from Norway, the UK, Belgium and Germany. Chairman of the committee is Professor Aalt Bast, dean of Campus Venlo (Maastricht University). The focus of the Committee is largely toxicology and partly environmental science including microbiology. All the members of the Committee including their expertise can be found here.

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news-3156 Fri, 26 Oct 2018 10:20:18 +0200 Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (I&W) strengthens research programme Microplastics & Health https://www.zonmw.nl/nl/actueel/nieuws/detail/item/ministry-of-infrastructure-and-water-management-iw-strengthens-research-programme-microplastics/ The Ministry of I&W is contributing financially to the recently started research programme Microplastics & Health. This programme was initiated by ZonMw, The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development in collaboration with the Topsector Water, Topsector Life Sciences & Health and the Gieskes-Strijbis Foundation. In this programme the best research projects investigating possible health effects of micro- en nanoplastics will receive funding. More and more is known about small plastic particles entering oceans, rivers, soil and air. The sources of these small plastic particles vary. Sources of small plastic particles are for example due to corrosion and weathering of plastic waste, due to adding microplastics to cosmetic products, or because of microfiber release during washing of synthetic clothes or even due to car tyre wear on the roads. The effects of small plastic particles on marine life are evident based on scientific research. Based on this research scientists are concerned about possible health effects in people if micro- and nanoplastics end up in our food, drinking water and air.

Breakthrough projects

The ZonMw research programme Microplastics & Health will increase the understanding of possible health effects by funding short-term breakthrough projects. This is a new area of research in which projects will study possible toxic effects on humans of small plastic particles at cellular or organ level. Some of the necessary expertise for this new research area is abroad, which is why international collaboration within the projects is stimulated.

The call for proposals recently closed, all proposals are now being evaluated. According to plan an international programme committee will decide early 2019 which projects should receive funding. With the additional funding from the Ministry of I&W four extra projects can be granted, bringing the maximum number of projects up to 14 in total. This contribution significantly increases the impact of the programme.

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Microplastics & Health programme

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