ITOPF R&D Award 2021 - Call for tenders

We would like to inform you about the ITOPF R&D Award and invite you to respond to our 2021 call for tenders.


Each year, up to £75,000 is made available by ITOPF to fund R&D projects to improve our knowledge and understanding of issues related to accidental marine pollution from ships. The award is intended to support a combination of PhD projects and/or short-term projects which have the potential to lead to improvements in all spill related matters. This funding typically supports research costs, plus a student stipend and university fees in the case of a PhD project.


The purpose of this initiative is to facilitate and encourage organisations worldwide to develop ideas that can potentially provide solutions to some of the challenges faced by the spill response community.


For more information on the 2021 ITOPF R&D Award, please see the flyer and visit our website at:


The application process is open from 1st September 2020 to 30th November 2020

The 2021 Award winner will be announced in February 2021


By way of background, ITOPF is recognised and respected globally as a source of objective technical expertise in the area of accidental spills of oil, chemicals, and other cargoes and substances in the marine environment.  We are maintained on a not-for-profit basis by the world’s shipowners and their insurers and our mission is to promote effective spill response.


If you have any questions regarding the Award or if you are unsure whether your project will qualify, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time, either at or