2019 LRI Innovative Science Award Open to Applications

The €100,000 LRI Innovative Science Award is sponsored by the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), in conjunction with the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), the Association of European Toxicologists and European Societies of Toxicology (EUROTOX) and the International Society of Exposure Sciences (ISES).

The 2019 LRI Award will support promising new research in the field of environmental toxicology under the topic of: “Non-extractable residues (NERs) or strongly absorbed substances in environmental risk assessment”. Cefic-LRI is seeking research proposals focused, but not limited to, the following questions:

Standardisation of existing NER extraction scheme: which techniques make sense and which do not?

Establishment of a link between laboratory and real-life test extraction results: what processes make NERs become environmentally relevant (eg desorption, bioavailability, binding strength), which metrics should be established as cut-off?

Can predictive computational models help elucidate the complex adsorption/desorption pathways of chemicals and the formation of biogenically sequestered NERs?

Do biodegradation studies and/or ecotoxicity data reflect the hypotheses and models developed on NER fate?

The objective of the award is to stimulate innovative research, ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking and new approaches that will advance the development and application of new and existing approaches in the assessment of chemical safety. The research should be complementary to the Long-range Research Initiative’s (LRI) objectives, a chemical industry funded programme that aims at enhancing scientific knowledge to help protect health and the environment.

Submissions are invited from European-based scientists with less than ten years post-doctoral experience. Active involvement in interdisciplinary research, current academic track record, and access to appropriate networks will be considered in the selection. There is no age limit for applicants.

The deadline for submissions is 24 March 2019.

The presentation of the three finalists and the selection of the winner will take place in Brussels in early June 2019.

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