ITOPF R&D Award will provide some 50,000 each year
A new R&D initiative, funded by shipowners and their P&I insurers, has been launched by ITOPF- the International Tanker Owners’ Pollution Federation.
The ITOPF R&D Award will provide some 50,000 each year to encourage innovative thinking and provide realistic solutions to some of the challenges faced when responding to accidental oil and chemical spills and undertaking environmental monitoring.
The award is available to any organisation, or R&D establishment worldwide and will fund students from all academic disciplines, but particularly those with an applied scientific focus.
Deadlines for proposals will be twice a year, in June and December. Proposals will be evaluated by the ITOPF R&D committee, comprised of objective scientists with a wealth of experience in maritime and environmental issues and a keen focus on developing young talent in these areas.
The IMO has welcomed this initiative, which has provided people from its marine environment division to sit on the R&D committee.
The first applications for the ITOPF R&D Award are invited for this year’s deadline of 31st December and further details can be found on ITOPF’s website
Source: Tanker Operator