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Joint Call Pre-Announcement: Impacts of Deep-Sea Nodule Mining


Joint Call Pre-Announcement: Impacts of Deep-Sea Nodule Mining

On August 1, 2017, a number of JPI Oceans member countries will launch 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 also function as a virtual brokerage space.
Submission of pre-proposals will be invited from August 1, 2017 and closes on November 1, 2017. Projects are expected to start from September 1, 2018 (Germany: July 1, 2018). Each application for a joint project must involve researchers from at least three funding partner countries. 


To date, several funding organisations have declared their interest in participation. The final list will be available on August 1, 2017. 
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), Portugal
Expected associated partners with in-kind contributions include:
  • France
  • Italy 
  • Sweden
  • International Seabed Authority 

Focus of the Call

Proposals should address the topics outlined in the call text, to be 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.

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