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Microplastics are a pervasive pollutant found in every corner of the globe, impacting ecosystems and human health. This challenge seeks to advance research and innovation in the detection, understanding, and mitigation of microplastics in our environment to address this growing problem.

Science Lead: Michelle DiBenedetto

Challenge Amount:
Submission Deadline:
Apr 30, 2024
Campaign Launch:
Apr 30, 2024

How this works

Projects must meet Experiment project guidelines and funding discretion rests with the Science Lead.

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Learn more about Experiment challenges on the challenges main page.

Challenge Aims

The Microplastics Challenge aims to support innovative projects focused on addressing microplastics pollution. We encourage proposals that explore new methods for microplastic sensing in the environment, advance the understanding of microplastics fate and transport, investigate the impacts of microplastics on ecosystems and health, or develop technologies for mitigation including removing microplastics from the environment.

Proposals should clearly articulate the research question, the innovative methodology or technology being proposed, expected outcomes, and potential impact on the field of microplastic research and mitigation. We encourage submissions from a diverse range of applicants, including academic researchers, NGOs, industry professionals, and independent scientists.

Projects with a multidisciplinary approach, practical applications, and potential for significant environmental impact are highly encouraged.

ROLLING SUBMISSIONS:  The goal of this small, fast grant program is to get these projects off the ground quickly. If selected, the grant (up to $10,000 with the average Science Engine grant being $4,000) will be applied towards an ongoing Experiment project. Project leads are encouraged to try to raise additional support from the crowdfunding process, as granted amounts may only cover part of the project funds. The sooner you fill out a project application the better (use the "start a project" link below). In addition to funding, we hope to stay engaged with the projects as mentors and supporters, helping to make the experiments a success.