Now open: Ocean Frontier Institute Seed Fund applications

Oct 15th, 2019

By Mary Jane Webber

Now open: Ocean Frontier Institute Seed Fund applications

The Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) has launched a call for proposals under the Seed Fund program. Small grants ($10,000 to $15,000, exceptionally up to $30,000) are available for innovative projects that have the potential to advance research, commercial or social concepts relating to the ocean.

For example: 

  • conducting preliminary ocean research or feasibility studies;
  • testing new approaches or developing prototypes that advance marine science; 
  • developing a new concept, idea, or opportunity in support of ocean sustainability. 

The  ideas or concepts must show clear promise of leading to future opportunities of high commercial, research, or social relevance, which are likely to be completed during the award period (12 months).

Applications are welcomed from current faculty, students and post docs at Dalhousie University and/or Memorial University of Newfoundland who are conducting research related to OFI priorities. The fund cannot be used to supplement OFI's large research projects currently under way.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 28.

To apply, and learn more about OFI's Seed Fund, please visit here‚Äč.

Memorial applicants should submit their proposals to both (copied to and also to the Memorial Researcher Portal by the deadline. Memorial researchers must contact their grants facilitation officer, associate dean (research) or equivalent unit signatory to obtain information on deadlines and processes, as well as, obtain UNIT approval (s) prior to submission to OFI. 

Questions about the application submission should be addressed to Julie Rideout at

Mary Jane Webber is communications manager with the Ocean Frontier Institute. She can be reached at



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