The Long-range Research Initiative (LRI) programme is a major voluntary initiative of the European chemical industry to support the long-term sustainability of its sector and European society. The programme funds work to identify the hazards posed by chemicals and improve the methods available for assessing the associated risks.
The LRI sponsors high-quality research of a standard publishable in a reputable peer-reviewed journal, and seeks to provide sound scientific advice on which industry and regulatory bodies can draw-on to respond quickly and accurately to the public’s concerns.
The 2017 call covers research in the following areas:
- Bioaccumulation potential determination (ECO41)
- Fate-ecotoxicity testing and risk assessment (ECO42)
- Sediment toxicity testing refinement (ECO43)
- Toxicokinetics mammalian modelling (ECO44)
- Implementing an ecosystem services-based approach to chemical risk assessment: A proof of concept study (ECO45)
- Improvement of the environmental hazard and risk assessment of cationic polymers (ECO46)
- Assessment of inhalation and dermal exposure in industrial/professional use (B20)Interpretation of ‘omics (molecular-level interactions data):
- Development of omics data analysis (C4)
- Understanding normal adaptation vs pathology and gene expression time dependence (C5)
- Biological omics read-across (C6)
Further information on project specifications, budget details and application forms can be found on the Cefic-LRI website at:
Only proposals that fit the project specifications and are submitted via the official LRI application form will be considered for funding. For further details, please contact Dr. Bruno Hubesch, LRI Programme Consultant, or the LRI Secretariat via email.
The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 31 August 2017.
A mini-guide to the Cefic-LRI funding and application process can be downloaded here and results from a selection of completed Cefic-LRI projects can be found here.
The Cefic-LRI programme is all about a responsible approach to assessing the long-term impacts of chemicals.
Public awareness of the potential impact of human activity and man-made substances on the environment and on health is something the chemical industry has long taken seriously. As early as 1996, the need to address societal concerns and help public understanding of the long-term impacts led to the establishment of the Long-range Research Initiative (LRI) programme in the US. Cefic-LRI manages the LRI programme in Europe.
The LRI’s aim is to respond to public and stakeholder concerns through rigorous scientific investigation. In the last 17 years it has become a unique source of knowledge and tools, providing a validated infrastructure of scientific advice available to both the industry and regulatory bodies. In this way, the LRI helps to provide timely and accurate information in response to the public’s questions and concerns.
To help address some of European public health strategy priorities, LRI conducts peer-reviewed transparent research to:
-Improve risk assessment of chemicals and monitor the effects of chemicals on health;
-Understand the environmental factors in human health;
-Establish endocrine disruption references;
-Coordinate research, data and activities at a European level.
LRI also addresses many of the environmental objectives of the EU, including:
-Linking environmental factors to health effects;
-Understanding and reducing chemical risks to environment;
-Improving animal testing in risk assessment.