WHOI establishes new fund to accelerate microplastics innovation

WHOI establishes new fund to accelerate microplastics innovation

Early microplastics research by WHOI scientists was mostly funded through small grants that allowed them to explore very limited facets of the issue. In 2017 and 2018, WHOI awarded Catalyst Funds—an incubator program funded by private donations—to form the Marine Microplastics Initiative. With the backing of a handful of family foundations, WHOI is launching a Marine Microplastics Innovation Accelerator to help drive innovation and support projects that will have the most impact. “Currently, there are many more questions than answers about the fate and impacts of microplastics in the ocean,” he says. “The growing support from private foundations is critical in enabling the interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research that is needed to understand and solve this global problem.”

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