The ITOPF R&D Award provides financial support for projects which have the potential to improve our knowledge and understanding of issues related to accidental marine pollution from ships.

Up to £60,000 is available for short-term projects (1-2 years) and up to £40,000 for PhD projects plus a student stipend and university fees.

The purpose of this initiative is to encourage and facilitate 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 2022 ITOPF R&D Award, please see the attached flyer and visit our website at: (

The application process is open from 1st September 2022 to 2nd December 2022

The 2023 Award winner will be announced in March 2023

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 worldwide 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 (mailto:rdaward@itopf.orgo) or (