Grant Name: Increasing Knowledge on Plastic Pollution Initiative


Currently Closed



Start date: January 30, 2020
End date: March 27, 2020


The Increasing Knowledge on Plastic Pollution (IKPP) Initiative is a program that aims to address knowledge gaps related to the potential human health effects and ecotoxicology of plastics in Canada.  It is implemented by Environment and Climate Change Canada, in collaboration with Health Canada, It aims to increase capacity, leverage collaborative partnerships and generate knowledge in support of Canada’s Plastics Science Agenda (CaPSA) with a particular focus on research gaps identified in the Draft Science Assessment of Plastic Pollution


Eligible groups include:

  • domestic not-for-profit organizations, such as charitable and volunteer organizations, professional associations, and non-governmental organizations
  • domestic Indigenous organizations, governments, individuals, boards, commissions, communities, associations, and authorities:
    • indigenous not-for-profit organizations
    • district councils, Chiefs councils and Tribal councils
    • indigenous research, academic and educational institutions
  • domestic research, academic, and educational institutions
  • local organizations such as community associations and groups, seniors’ and youth groups, and service clubs

The following applicants are not eligible:

  • domestic for-profit organizations, such as small businesses, companies, corporations, industry associations, and agricultural organizations and
  • provincial, territorial, municipal, and local governments and their agencies (e.g., Crown corporations, conservation authorities)

Although business/industry, federal, provincial, and municipal governments are not eligible funding recipients, they are encouraged to partner with applicants on projects.

All projects must relate to the potential human health effects and ecotoxicology of plastics in Canada.

Stream 1:  Human health effects

Projects will address questions related to the human health hazards associated with plastics. They will involve the collection, interpretation, analysis and sharing of information to support informed decisions and actions. Eligible activities include:

  • researching the uptake, translocation, and fate of microplastics in the gastrointestinal and respiratory track including the physical characteristics that influence bioavailability, tissue distribution and toxicity
  • researching the potential effects of microplastics-associated biofilms in drinking water
  • researching the effects of plastics as vectors for chemical or biological contaminant exposure for plastic-derived chemicals (e.g., leached chemicals) and/or environmental pollutants

Stream 2: Ecotoxicological effects

Projects will increase knowledge on the biological, chemical, and physical stressors introduced to ecosystems by the presence of microplastics and/or plastics-related contaminants. They will involve the collection, interpretation and analysis of data. Eligible activities include:

  • Analysing the biological, chemical, or physical stressors introduced to ecosystem components by these contaminants to identify thresholds needed to disrupt biochemical, physiological, or behavioral interactions between plastic, the environment, and organisms
  • researching the interactions between terrestrial fauna environments and microplastics

How to Apply?

When you are ready to apply, submit your project proposal through the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System.

The deadline for submitting a project is 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday March 27, 2020.

Funding Amount

Projects are eligible for funding up to a maximum of $200,000 total per project and must be completed within 2 years and by March 31, 2022. A total of $2.2 million in funding is available.

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