£10m funding to tackle UK air pollution: The funding is being made available for research and innovation consortia to proactively tackle new and emerging air quality challenges in the UK.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is inviting proposals under the second wave of the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) Clean Air Programme to investigate solutions to air pollution.

According to DEFRA’s Clean Air Stratergy, poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK.

Projects should provide critical foresight on emerging air pollution challenges and associated health risks and impacts as well as enable an increased understanding and quantification of human behavioral.  The research will tackle major air quality challenges within both indoor and outdoor spaces including home, school, work and public transport.

The five main topics that should be addressed are:

1. Recognising and characterising indoor air pollution and its influence on outdoor air quality
2. Distinguishing the toxicology and health effects of future exposure and emission scenarios
3. Diagnosing airborne biological materials and their impacts on health
4. Influencing behaviour and practices related to emissions and exposures
5. Interventions in the built environment

The funding will support three to four large interdisciplinary organisations with £2 to £3.3 million each.

Projects should start on 1st September 2021 and run for four years.

Applicants must submit a Notification of Intent by 3rd September 2020 for their outline bid to be considered and the final data for Outline Proposals is 15th October 2020.

£10m funding to tackle UK air pollution

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