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Strengthening Portuguese research and innovation capacities in the field of excess reactive nitrogen

Strengthening Portuguese research and innovation capacities in the field of excess reactive nitrogen

Objective

Nitrogen (N) is a key nutrient, indispensible for the survival of all living organisms on earth, including Man. However, due to human pressure, the N cycle has become the most altered among the element cycles, highlighting the N problem as one of the most pressing environmental issues faced today. Despite the recent work on nitrogen in Europe and the rest of the world, Portugal has not so far utilized its full capacity to integrate the available scientific, technical or practical knowledge. NitroPortugal addresses how to improve the S&T skills and the scientific output of Portugal, at the same time strengthening the potential for N policy application. The project develops around the consensus that N is an emerging issue, that it impacts all the environmental compartments, and has both human health and social implications. This twinning effort on N is divided into five key areas which coincide with the whole N concept WAGES (Water, Air, Greenhouse gases, Ecosystems and biodiversity and Soil) launched by the European Nitrogen Assessment. Based on bringing together existing data on data analysis and on training in new methods for each of the five key topics, a comprehensive analysis will be delivered that prioritizes the key gaps in knowledge. These gaps will then serve as themes for different types of training activities. Emerging questions will feed brainstorming workshops to be held at key points through the project, which will strengthen the Portuguese skills base and enhance peer-review publication. Based on the new skills of the host country team, the basis for preparing a Portuguese Nitrogen Assessment will be obtained that will strengthen Portuguese engagement within the EU and in UNECE Air and Water Conventions. The resulting increase in scientific productivity, associated with strengthened networking between the Portuguese and international partners will be measurable through objective indicators of publication output, policy support and the public engagement

Coordinator

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA

Address

Tapada Da Ajuda
1349 017 Lisboa

Portugal

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 361 187,50

Participants (5)

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FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA FP

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 63 378,23

UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 220 000

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 218 750

FCIENCIAS.ID - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INVESTIGACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DE CIENCIAS

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 136 621,77

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 692331

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.4.b.

  • Overall budget:

    € 999 937,50

  • EU contribution

    € 999 937,50

Coordinated by:

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA

Portugal